Mom & Dad’s Nipple Factory (2023) Film Review
Few films can so emphatically express people’s ability to be sociable and kind and still remain wonderfully intimate pieces about their subjects. Justin Johnson (or if you’d rather be reassured by Justinsuperstar, that’s fine) made a documentary about his family that undeniably didn’t turn out the way he thought it would. The relationship with his family and its strengthening is one of the reasons for the existence of his film. However, Mom and Dad’s nipple factory a deep flight into the life of a family, more precisely the life of a husband and father, who fought with himself and the religion he followed closely in order to bring something good to this world. It’s not often people say “that man is a saint” and mean it. I see no reason why Justin’s father isn’t.
But that wasn’t always the case.
The Johnson family was raised under a very strict code of Christianity and undeniably radical standards. Seinfeld was immoral, Forrest Gump was off limits, Family Matters was too much. If you didn’t agree with these views, chances are you would be alienated. This is what happened to Justin. He was a free spirit and solved everything by leaving. His father, who is a cold man, did not flinch when he decided to stay away. After Justin’s mother is diagnosed with cancer, Justin and his siblings embark on a journey that reconnects him with his family through the discovery of a very strange endeavor.
Justin’s mother has breast cancer. And after the operation, she undergoes changes that, to put it mildly, embarrassed her. This is how Justin’s father goes back to his engineering roots and starts designing nipples. Yes, you read that right. A man, married to his wife and church, began designing nipples for his wife. As the family opens up about the mother’s illness, they discover another side to the father, a man who would have sacrificed anything to make his wife happy.
Mom and Dad’s nipple factory a great movie. It takes a simple story and turns it into something wonderful. On the one hand, the prosthetic work is fascinating to say the least, and Justin uses this discovery to promote his father’s small business. On the other hand, he also uses his film to build a relationship with his father. How he does it is revealed in a final scene that will break your heart with joy and happy tears. A father’s love is dissected as a moment of absolute pride and a moment of joy when he realizes how much good he is doing for the world and how he can make it better. Because whatever you think, your work is outstanding.
In the end, love conquers all. Any kind of love. From the way you feel when you pray and sing in church, to the way you feel for your loved one when you are able to do extraordinary things, even if they don’t quite fit the strict religious foundation.