Brace yourself, Mom: We're Back

Published 2223 GMT (0623 HKT) September 26, 2013
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Film and television often use adult children moving back home -- or never leaving -- as fodder for funny and poignant stories. Here, Judy (Jill Clayburgh) gives advice to daughter Annie (Kristen Wiig) in the comedy "Bridesmaids." Wiig stars as a maid of honor whose life unravels as the wedding approaches. She's forced to bunk with mom at one point. Click through the gallery for more examples. Suzanne Hanover/Universal Studios
Lamont Sanford (Demond Wilson) played straight man to dad Fred G. Sanford (Redd Foxx) as they ran their junkyard business and lived under the same roof in the '70s sitcom "Sanford and Son." NBCU Photo Bank/Getty
Will Ferrell, left, and John C. Reilly, right, play the titular feuding "Step Brothers" after their parents, played by Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins, get hitched. The battle really heats up when the step-siblings are forced to bunk up. Columbia Pictures
On the 1970s sitcom "All in the Family," couple Gloria and Mike, played by Sally Struthers and Rob Reiner, were forced by finances to live with Gloria's parents, Archie and Edith Bunker. Archie and Mike often clashed over political differences. Tandem Licensing
2006's "Failure to Launch" features a comfy son (played by Matthew McConaughey) who doesn't see a reason to leave home. His parents, played by Terry Bradshaw and Kathy Bates, hire a professional, Sarah Jessica Parker, to lure him from the nest. Paramount Pictures
TV's "How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)" features Sarah Chalke as a single mom who moves back in with her free-loving parents, played by Elizabeth Perkins and Brad Garrett. ABC
"Jeff, Who Lives at Home," starring Jason Segel, is a dark comedy about a slacker whose obsession with the idea of destiny is veering into unhealthy territory. Indian Paintbrush/Paramount Vantage
After college, a "Post Grad" played by Alexis Bledel struggles to find her footing and must move back in with her parents, played by Michael Keaton and Jane Lynch. Suzanne Tenner/Fox Atomic/Everett Collection
In "Mother," Albert Brooks moves in with his mom, Debbie Reynolds, in order to figure out what mommy issues are causing his relationships to tank. Paramount/Everett Collection
In the cult TV favorite "Arrested Development," Tony Hale (wearing purple) plays Byron "Buster" Bluth, the awkward and smothered son of George Sr. and Lucille Bluth. His home base is Mom's apartment. netflix
The short-lived 1980s sitcom "Get a Life" starred Chris Elliott (seated), his real-life father Bob Elliott and June Lockhart. Chris Elliott's character was a 30-year-old man with a paper route who lived in an apartment above his parents' garage. New World Television /Everett Collection