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The Family Fang (2015)

Country: USA

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Mystery

Director: Jason Bateman

Writers: Kevin Wilson, David Lindsay-Abaire

Stars: Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, Marin Ireland, ...

Annie and Baxter, the adult children of the controversial husband and wife conceptual performance art couple famous for their quirky macabre public performances, have never got over the fact that their parents kept using them during their childhood in their often gory and disturbing satirical public performances. They often clash with their now elderly parents over this and blame them for their problems in their adult life. However, the two become worried when they're told by the police that their parents have gone missing during their trip outside of town. The brother considers the possibility that something horrible might have happened to them, but the sister is convinced that it's just another one of their stupid games or twisted conceptual performances. She convinces him that they should go and look for them themselves.

90 | 2015-09-15 | David Rooney

[A] smart, tart adaptation of Kevin Wilson's best-selling 2011 debut novel, which thumbs its nose at the clichés of the over-trafficked dysfunctional family genre to dissect the sometimes lifelong quest of children to understand their parents in ways that are funny and bittersweet, poignant and often bracingly dark.
Read More: The Hollywood Reporter

80 | 2015-09-15 | Justin Chang

It’s a measure of Bateman’s skill in front of and behind the camera that his performance here betrays nary a shred of actorly indulgence, operating instead in a subdued register that achieves quietly aching moments in the final stretch.
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75 | 2015-09-15 | Nikola Grozdanovic

A dysfunctional structure and some bizarre plotting stop the film from reaching greatness, but never from being endearingly satisfying.
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70 | 2015-09-15 | Tim Grierson

Films about dysfunctional families are as common as families themselves. But for most of its running time, The Family Fang impressively negotiates around the familiar trappings, finding a relatively new way to discuss familiar themes.
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60 | 2015-09-18 | Tim Robey

The Family Fang, based on a book of the same name by Kevin Wilson, looks on paper like your typical, middleweight, dysfunctional-family angst-fest. But it’s rather better, and considerably more eccentric, than you might expect.
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58 | 2015-10-20 | Gregory Ellwood

The movie wants to make a statement about the intersection of art and family, but it’s all too muddled to add up to anything that astute.
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40 | 2015-09-15 | Catherine Shoard

Saturation point when it comes to quirkily dysfunctional families in over-soundtracked dramedies was reached long ago.
Read More: The Guardian