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Eight Cinematic Black Sheep To Make You Feel Better About Your Holiday

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | November 29, 2011 |


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How was your holiday weekend? Was it sumptuous? Did you spend it snuggled close in the warm, loving embrace of your gracious, rational, even-tempered family? Did visions of sweet potatoes dance in your head? Was everything drenched in a golden Rockwellian hue of peace, love and understanding? Yes? That's brilliant. I'm so glad for you. Some of us didn't have it so sweet. And no, I'm not here with a poor, poor pitiful us party. Because, really, how bad could it have been? (If you got pepper sprayed or trampled because of a deeply discounted waffle iron, you have my sympathies.) But the rest of you who merely muddled through the slings and arrows of outrageous families with a full glass and well-bitten tongue, well, here are some of film's finest Black Sheep to remind you how bad you don't have it.

Tommy--Home For The Holidays: This film has become a stealth favorite, but if you don't feel the need to hide your fully functional relationship/wedding from your family, then you're doing better than Tommy.
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Loki--Thor: You think your sibling is the golden child? Have you seen Thor in low rise jeans? Poor Loki never stood a chance.
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Margot Tenenbaum--The Royal Tenenbaums: To be honest, Royal is the real Black Sheep of this family, but, you know, at least he wasn't adopted. If you didn't make out with your adopted brother in a tent shortly after he tried to commit suicide to an Elliott Smith album, you're well ahead of Margot Tenenbaum.
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Sloth--The Goonies: Oh sure, being seated at the "kid's table" can be an indignity, but hey, you guys, at least your seat didn't come with manacles.
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Henri--A Christmas Tale: As black as they come, this Sheep is reviled by his family and "officially banished." Did you hear the word "banished" this weekend? No? Then you're doing just fine.
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Kevin McAllister--Home Alone: To lose a child once at Christmastime may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose him twice looks like carelessness you really, truly, honestly do not give a sh*t about this kid.
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Kym--Rachel Getting Married: Oh there is no way you beat Kym in the Black Sheep department. Her parents didn't even love her enough to give her a proper vowel.
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Faramir--The Lord Of The Rings: Did your deranged parent try to burn you on a pyre this weekend? No, not a metaphorical one. Were you literally doused in some sort of flammable liquid? No? Then ol' Faramir here has you beat.
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Joanna Robinson wants you to buck up. It's never as black as you paint it.



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