The Family Tree 2010 NR CC

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STILL IN THEATRES When a bizarre accident leaves desperate housewife Bunnie with a case of amnesia, her family gets an unexpected second chance at happiness.

Starring:
Rachael Leigh Cook, Hope Davis
Runtime:
1 hour, 31 minutes

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The Family Tree

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Vivi Friedman
Starring Rachael Leigh Cook, Hope Davis
Supporting actors Dermot Mulroney, Max Thieriot, Britt Robertson, Christopher Bradley, Chi McBride, Christina Hendricks, Gabrielle Anwar, Keith Carradine, Newell Alexander, Evan Ross, Mac Brandt, Jermaine Williams, Shad Moss, Adrian Alvarado, Madeline Zima, Steven Grayhm, Jake Richardson, Eddie Hassell
Studio E1 Entertainment
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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Refreshingly different. I loved it, a real take on dysfunction. :)
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