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50 Movie Sibling Rivalries
The brothers and sisters who just can’t seem to get along

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Weird Science (1985)

Weird Science (1985)

The siblings: Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) and Chet Donnelly (Bill Paxton)

What puts them at odds? Chet is the demanding, military-obsessed older brother to nerd Wyatt, and constantly blackmails his younger sibling.

It’s John Hughes again, once more finding emotional truth in a bizarre situation. In this case, Wyatt and best pal Gary Wallace (Anthony Michael Hall) conjuring up a seemingly perfect woman (Kelly LeBrock) using a computer and a little supernatural assistance. While things soon get out of control, it’s eventually Lisa who solves Wyatt’s sibling problem, briefly turning Chet into a blobby grey mutant creature until he apologises and promises to stop torturing his younger bro. Please note that solving family issues in this way is something that only works in movies, or if you’re related to Dumbledore.

Which sibling is your favourite?

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