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Adam Scott: Poorly Understood Parental Love is a Comedy of Errors

Adam Scott in 'Madame Web' (Via IMDB)

Adam Scott’s performance as Gary, a newlywed stepfather, in Netflix’s horror comedy “Little Evil” is a masterclass in relatability. The film lovingly mocks the possessed child movie genre, embracing absurdity while maintaining horror elements. Scott’s facial expressions and body language convey the internal turmoil and growth of a stepparent trying to understand and connect with his stepson, Lucas, who may or may not be the Antichrist.

The movie pokes fun at the seriousness of the possessed child subgenre, specifically “The Omen,” and features subtle references to other iconic horror movies, including “Saw,” “The Shining,” and “Poltergeist.” Lucas’s character perfectly mocks the ridiculousness of scary child movies, but also retains the horror aspect, making the audience question whether he is truly possessed or just putting on a show.

Adam Scott’s performance is strongest in his interactions with other stepparents, showcasing the uncertainty and worry that comes with being a new parent. His reactions are believable and relatable, making the audience root for his character as he struggles to connect with Lucas. The film’s jokes rely on wordplay, making fun of the conventions of horror movies, such as long road trips to visit important figures.

Adam Scott in ‘Madame Web’ (Via IMDB)

The ending of “Little Evil” is absurd and disorienting, leaving the audience questioning whether Lucas is truly the Antichrist. Despite the silliness of the characters’ actions, the heartfelt moments are genuinely touching. Gary’s realization that his role as a parent overshadows the possibility of Lucas being the Antichrist humanizes the character and the audience is left rooting for their relationship.

“Little Evil” is a comedy of errors that cleverly balances absurdity and horror elements, showcasing Adam Scott’s range as an actor. Despite its silly moments, the film’s heartfelt portrayal of the relationship between a stepparent and stepchild makes it a poignant and memorable watch.

Devendra Kumar
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Devendra Kumar has been an avid movie and TV show aficionado since he was 10 years old, and now he uses his extensive knowledge to cover the latest films and series. You can reach out to him at [email protected]

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