Director Michael Lehman’s follow-up to Heathers is a devastating and funny look at how modem life in America can ruin and devolve even the closest family, disguised as a science-fiction comedy.
Richard P. Applegate (Ed Begley Jr), Jane Applegate (Stockard Channing) and their family of giant, garbage-eating Brazilian shapeshifting cockroaches arrive near Akron, Ohio, on an important mission and disguise themselves as a “typical” American family.
Almost immediately, they are seduced by TV, drugs, heavy metal music, sex, and alcohol.
The daughter Sally (Camille Cooper) becomes a bitter, pregnant lesbian (after being date-raped by an obnoxious jock neighbour), son Johnny (Bobby Jacoby) turns into a burned-out pothead, and mother Jane becomes a credit-card junkie and shoplifter. They forget their mission and all secretly spin cocoons around tasty humans.
Meet The Applegates is a clever, bizarre movie, and the human-cockroach makeup and special effects are excellent.
Co-stars Dabney Coleman in drag (a bad idea).
Richard P. Applegate
Ed Begley Jr.
Savannah Smith Boucher
Roger Aaron Brown
Philip Arthur Ross
Steven Robert Ross