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  • Actors: Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Modine, Olesya Rulin, Joey King, Shirley Jones
  • Directors: Benjamin Epps
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Arc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 23, 2013
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B58FUAG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,788 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

: In this wild and wacky comedy, you ll find out how far the bonds of a family can be stretched before they break. Teen jump-roping star Emily (Olesya Rulin) is fed up with her parents (Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Modine), who seem to have forgotten she exists. In a fit of desperation, she decides to kidnap them and hold them hostage until they shape up. She enlists help from her quirky siblings and straight talking grandma (Shirley Jones) but things quickly go south and soon the whole debacle ends up on the Internet. When the cops get involved, the plan spins completely out of control, and Emily soon finds out how difficult it can be to change the family structure. Can the bonds between a family be stretched so far without being broken?

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This is a very well written,funny, and yes..
Bethula
Kristin Chenoweth is one of the most underrated actress in Hollywood--spot on every time.
Madeline
It's easy to see someone or something you can identify with in the film.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bethula on April 24, 2013
Format: DVD
This is a very well written,funny, and yes.. touching film. It's just the right blend of lighthearted and funny, with a splash of more gritty, real life problems thrown in. The characters make the film and are really well cast. It's a good one for the family, I'd say ages 10 and up..
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dee J. on April 11, 2013
Format: DVD
You really can't go wrong with a cast that includes Matthew Modine (over the top in this flick!), Kristin Chenoweth and all-time favorite Shirley Jones! But young Olesya Rulin pulls off a standout acting job as the teen who takes control of her parents and finally and FIRMLY gets their attention. There's never a dull moment in this family, with a little something for everyone! It will undoubtedly remind you of someone (many a few "someones") in your own family.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Madeline TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 28, 2013
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Last night I saw this movie on Netflix, but then went over to Amazon to immediately buy this movie. Why? Because it's just that good. Kristin Chenoweth is one of the most underrated actress in Hollywood--spot on every time. She has impeccable comedic timing and facial expressions. But this movie is certainly more than just Kristin--and it would have to be to really succeed as this is very much an ensemble production.

Relative newcomer Olesya Rulin (that is if you don't count small parts in "High School Musical" trilogy), is a total standout in this role, and also carries much of the emotional balance of the movie on her shoulders. She plays Emily, an uptight and often more disciplined kid than the rest of the adults in the movie (much less in real life), but is also a kid who sometimes makes horrifically bad decisions. I really think Olesya deserves much of the credit in turning what could have been a cheesy and wholly unbelievable slapstick comedy made for ABC Family, into a nuanced subversive intimate portrait of an extreme version of what many modern families actually are like--and the consequences and emotional impact of when that family unit breaks down.

That being said--this movie is also hysterical. It probably helps if you have both an appreciation for modern art as well as a little knowledge about it's history (Warhol, Pollack etc.) as there are several sight gags as well as verbal jokes that otherwise would be missed. Matthew Modine as the free spirited stoner parent/painter is equally deplorable as well as adorable. He also is practically pitch perfect in his role-really everyone in this movie carries their own weight--even the child actors.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on May 12, 2013
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First, kudos to Matt K. Turner who created this wonderful group of characters. The film opens with everything pristine white, neat and orderly. It is an ideal household on the surface. This world quickly falls apart as we discover the family has drifted apart. The family cast of characters:

Dad (Matthew Modine) is a has-been artist. He smokes pot and sleeps a lot. He is a 60's hippie type.

Mom (Kristin Chenoweth) is the family bread winner. She is a workaholic and the least likeable of the family.

Emily (Olesya Rulin) is the centerpiece to this tale. She jumps rope competitively and would love some family support.

Jack (Eddie Hassell) is the older son who describes himself as a "raging homosexual." He makes short features for the Internet and wants to be called "Thor."

Lucy (Joey King) is my favorite. She loves movies and fancies herself an actress. When we first meet her she has immersed herself into "Iris" the child prostitute from "Taxi."

Mickey (Robbie Tucker) is the introverted young son who memorizes every spoken word. No one ever questions his memory.

Grandma Gale or GG (Shirley Jones) is The father's mother and doesn't get along with his wife. She is somewhat New Age in this film.

When everyone in the family missed Emily's semi-final jump rope competition she is upset and devises an over the top plan to force her parents to act like parents. I was laughing out loud over the antics and at Lucy.

Joey King was fantastic as she assumed multiple film roles, none of which any parent would allow a nine year old to watch. At the end, the film then shifts to heart warming mode as do most indie comedies.

Parental Guide: 1 f-bomb, no sex or nudity. Sex talk.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm1818 on August 17, 2013
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If you liked Juno or Easy A, then you'll get the humor in this movie and enjoy it. It is well acted and pretty entertaining... The plot sounds ridiculous, and you might think that you're about to watch a movie that could be a silly farce beyond anything reality could hold. But the characters take a movie where the plot is outrageous and they still imbibe the movie with some touching moments and some really hilarious scenes.

That being said, this movie is NOT worth renting for the Amazon price. Check it out in a movie rental subscription forum or a rental kiosk.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joe Smart on May 14, 2013
Format: DVD
Surprisingly charming comedy about a teen who drugs and ties up her parents in a desperate attempt to get them to notice her and her siblings. In a way this is a kiddie version of the Kevin Spacey movie The Ref. The first two thirds or so before the movie turns schmaltzy are energetic and funny and the cast is uniformly fine. However, some parents might find scenes in Family Weekend inappropriate for their smaller children. The most obvious example would be the main character's little sister played by Joey King (Ramona and Beezus) who fancies herself an actress and during the early film is frequently in character as Iris, the child prostitute that Jodie Foster portrayed in Taxi Driver, complete with surprisingly salty language. She gets the film's biggest laughs but some parents probably won't find a seven year old swearing and talking about her sexual parts funny. Other R rated movies she acts out scenes from include Reservoir Dogs and Dog Day Afternoon, although the humor in these scenes will probably go over your kids heads--that is, unless you are as bad of a parent as the ones in the film. Family Weekend is funny and sweet and ultimately heartwarming, but if you plan to watch it with your kids keep in mind that it's a little naughty as well.
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