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The actors seem to be prancing and acting for the camera crew though we are expected to believe they didn't ever do that.
The acting is solid, with Diane Lane giving the most impressive performance of her career, disappearing into the role of Pat Loud, the confused, self-searching mother.
This revealing true story about "An American Family" tests us as we crave more of the very drama that leads us to shovel sympathy at its troubled players.
I had never heard of the Loud family but I enjoyed this movie a lot. The acting is wonderful and it seems like they kept things authentic in respect to the family. Read morePublished 20 months ago by BeingAliveNYC
Surprisingly successful HBO film, which takes on the tricky multi-layered task of making a fictionalized docudrama about the making of "An
American Family" a 10 hour PBS... Read more
I've told my kids about the original series,and would rather see that,but I guess its not meant to be. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Beth
Another great original movie by writer directors Bob and Shari. There genius is through out the style of this film. Dian Lane in one of the greatest actresses of our generation. Read morePublished on June 28, 2012 by occy
The movie examines the filming of a ground-breaking PBS documentary called, "An American Family," in 1971, which was the first time a family allowed cameras into their home life... Read morePublished on June 8, 2012 by Kona
It's hard for me to believe that anyone who hadn't first experienced "An American Family", the PBS series of 1973, would relate to this film in any way. Read morePublished on May 4, 2012 by Peter Baklava
I am sure there are worthy artistic goals in this movie. May have even been attained. Yet, the shock of sitting through more than an hour of trivial Americana in 2012, when there... Read morePublished on April 24, 2012 by E. Maisel
"One must never let the public behind the scenes for they are easily disillusioned and then they are angry with you, for it is the illusion they love. Read morePublished on March 6, 2012 by Tony Heck
My husband and I watched this film when it first debuted on HBO on April 23, 2011. We really took in the sensitive direction and actors' portrayals. Read morePublished on January 14, 2012 by E. Hamby