The Family Tree [Blu-ray]
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The film sets its satiric sights on a pretty familiar target: Family dysfunction in a contemporary American brood. Dad is distant, Mom is unfaithful, the daughter is promiscuous, and the son is a religious zealot. The stereotypes are drawn in very broad strokes as the movie begins. From the get-go, the film wants to paint an extremely dark portrait of Americana from a delightful theme song to a surprisingly bleak opening scene. But when a freak accident occurs, it unsettles the disconnected complacency of the clan and may just put them on the road to salvation. When the screenplay stays focused on the family, you can really see the strength in the work.Read more ›
But my real reason for being drawn to this movie is because of Evan Ross. Like Dermot, Evan is a young actor with an astoundingly collection of works after having over 20 different roles in various stages of production. Most of his roles have been intense dramas reflecting a masterful understanding of the classic teen to adult transformation. Of all his roles, "Life is Hot in Cracktown" is possibly his most riveting. He won lots of praise for his role as a confused Muslim teen around the tragedy of 9/11 in "Mooz-lum".
"The Family Tree" adds another deminsion to his impressive resume. It is his first dark comedic role. It is nice to see him step away from some of the other roles he has portrayed. Though he has been successful in the indie world, I firmly believe he is one role away from that mainstream role that will expand his audience further. It comes at a risk though. As good as "Life is Hot in Cracktown" is, it probably wouldn't work with a less demanding audience. His movies have dealt with intense subject matter. And I would hate to see him pass on these types of roles because that is where he excels. Some of Pacino and DeNiro's best work like "Panic in Needle Park" and "Taxi Driver" were not made for the faint at heart.
So while there are many good reasons to see "The Family Tree" with solid performances from Dermot Mulroney and Hope Davis, also see it to discover the works of budding young protege, Evan Ross.
Here's a roster of the actors:
* Dermot Mulroney ("Flash of Genius") is Dad, disheartened by his wife, confused by his daughter, and alarmed by his son's propensity for guns.
* Hope Davis ("Charlie Bartlett") is Mom, nursing an active hatred for her OWN mother, and having a wild fling with a neighbor.
* Brittany Robertson ("Cherry") is the daughter; does that classmate's Mohawk have to be quite so purple and quite so tall?
* Max Thieriot ("Chloe") is the son, trying to be a tough guy for the Lord.
* Keith Carradine ("Nashville") is their minister, who sees their son's marksmanship as a God-given talent.
* Chi McBride ("Pushing Daisies") is the randy neighbor whose enthusiastic lovemaking causes a life-changing accident.
* Jane Seymour ("Wedding Crashers") the world's worst mother/mother-in-law/grandmother.
Mom suffers a brain injury during a zesty tryst with a neighbor. When she awakens from her coma, she can only remember her husband and their early happy courtship and marriage. As family members try to adjust, they slowly come to realize that there just might be a second chance here.
This R-rated romp has fun situations, dark, dark humor, and people to care about. I really enjoyed it! I got my copy from Amazon.com.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The DVD cover says "embrace the dysfunction" and you have to if you really want to savor and enjoy this movie as much as I did. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Russell S
Silly! I like all the actors, that's only reason why this movie got a rating.Published 19 months ago by BrownSugar
I disagree. I thought this movie was hilarious from start to finish. The cast was excellent, including Hope Davis, whose movies usually make me yawn.Published on February 8, 2014 by stephanie mason
this movie had bad script,bad acting,bad story line i don't fault the actors because its a pay check, but the folks who put this together makes you think they must of been... Read morePublished on October 13, 2013 by gary dixson
After I watched this movie a second time, I find myself liking this movie more than the first time.Published on September 6, 2013 by FUFUPAME
I saw a movie similar to this 10 years ago. This is a lame version of that one. Very boring and not worth watching.Published on November 10, 2012 by Margo Norfus