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The Family Tree [Blu-ray] (2010)

Dermot Mulroney , Hope Davis , Vivi Friedman  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dermot Mulroney, Hope Davis, Chi McBride, Brittany Robertson, Selma Blair
  • Directors: Vivi Friedman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005GP7E4E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,705 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When a bizarre accident leaves desperate housewife Bunnie with a case of amnesia, her dysfunctional family gets an unexpected second chance at happiness. Hilarious comedy starring Dermot Mulroney, Hope Davis, “Mad Men’s” Christina Hendricks, “United States of Tara’s” Brittany Robertson, “Human Target’s” Chi McBride, “Burn Notice’s” Gabrielle Anwar, Selma Blair, Bow Wow and more.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
I went into "The Family Tree" with relatively low expectations as the mainstream press gave the film a generally chilly reception. And yet, for me, the movie had an undeniably appealing cast that made it worth a look. This quirky little suburban satire is, quite literally, all over the place. Is it a black and disturbing comedy? Perhaps a tale of warmth and redemption? With tons of characters, dozens of sub-plots, and a tone that veers wildly from one extreme to another--the film has a messiness and chaos that threatens to derail it or sink it permanently. Strangely, though, I quite enjoyed "The Family Tree" in spite of its schizophrenic presentation (or maybe because of it). In earlier scenes, you can't really gauge where the film is going and that certainly kept my interest. Add indie darlings Hope Davis and Dermot Mulroney as the leads with an appealing roster of younger stars (notably Max Thieriot, Britt Robertson, and John Patrick Amedori), and the film starts to take on an unlikely charm.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Black Comedy Time August 29, 2012
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Black comedy time! This one, presented at the 2010 Seattle International Film Festival and first reviewed by Yours Truly in June of that year, features a classically dysfunctional family: the father, a mildly frustrated mid-level manager, living in a house he can't afford; the mother, a bored do-gooder using her mother's wealth to provide her with a home and charitable projects; the daughter, a Goth teenager who talks a good game but may not be quite as tough as she sounds; the son, a gun enthusiast entertaining thoughts of suicide. This family has actually been fired by a family counselor.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great "family" comedy February 8, 2014
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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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a very good movie. September 6, 2013
Format:DVD
I can't believe that a movie that had such good storyline became at times a boring mess. Other than that, it can be seen if you get drunk.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Long and tedious November 10, 2012
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I saw a movie similar to this 10 years ago. This is a lame version of that one. Very boring and not worth watching.
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