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Family Weekend 2013

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4.2 out of 5 stars (30) IMDb 6.3/10

FAMILY WEEKEND follows Emily (Olesya Rulin) an overachiever who has grown frustrated with her parents' lack of support. Emily and her siblings unite and take their parents hostage (Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Modine) to bring order at home.

Starring:
Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Modine
Runtime:
1 hour, 45 minutes

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Benjamin Epps
Starring Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Modine
Supporting actors Olesya Rulin, Joey King, Shirley Jones, Eddie Hassell, Chloe Bridges, Adam Saunders, Robbie Tucker, Peter Gail, Chase Maser, Lisa Lauren Smith, Paul Black, Arthur Cartwright, Cindy Chang, Jamie Gasper, Thomas Hoffman, Jordan Mahome, Lynn Anderson, Marc Bowers
Studio Footprint Features in association with Bedford Falls Company
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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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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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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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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Zany Fun! I would hate to give anything away on this very funny movie. Where ever they found this young girl to star in Family Weekend she could not be more perfect for the role. The little girl that plays her sister is hilarious acting out movie scenes much more adult than her age but nothing "R" just creative fun. Hope Lang is the grandmother and everyone is great in their parts. A must see!
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While the movie was a little cheesy in parts and the ending was predictable, it was an awesome, feel good movie. Before the movie was half way finished I said to myself, "That is a damned good movie." The acting was great, the plot was well thought out, and by the end, it makes you feel good about being a human.
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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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I saw this as a trailer for Vehicle 19 and it looked somewhat amusing. Another independent movie from 2012, rated R [and for no particular reason…well OK, there are references to smoking marijuana and sex, and some rare swearwords but no full nudity and no particular violence either. To me, this would spell PG-13.]

This is one of those growing-up stories with Olesya Rulin, an actress I didn't know, in the lead as a high schooler whose way of dealing with her very dysfunctional family is devoting herself passionately to competitive jumprope. Yeah—who knew? Really, I never knew that some of these stunts had even been DONE. But that isn’t the main focus of the movie, it’s more a plot device, although still the competition scenes, while brief, are impressive and fun to watch.

The story starts out seeming too stereotyped and the family too dysfunctional to even exist as a family. And you have to wonder how Emily [that’s Olesya] could grow up so apparently normal with such screwball parents and siblings. Gradually however, the story draws you in. Matt Modine as the father looks vaguely reminiscent of Owen Wilson, crossed with Jeff Bridges. And Kristin Chenowith looks..a lot like Chenowith. She’s the biggest name in this ensemble but the whole cast pulled equal weight acting, in my opinion. And then there's an older brother, and a younger sister, and a friend...

Without revealing plot details I’ll say by the end I found it equal parts amusing and “heartwarming” which feels like a terribly over-used word, but I thought it fit. And if that is not enough then let me say that ONE BRIEF SCENE, with a minor character dancing to music, is TOTALLY enough to make the ENTIRE MOVIE worthwhile.
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