The Family Fang
Directed by Jason Bateman
Starring Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, Marin Ireland and Michael Chernus
A brother and sister return to their family home in search of their world famous parents who have disappeared.
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★★★★ review by Dawson Joyce on Letterboxd
Led by Jason Bateman's excellent direction, his terrific lead performance along with another strong turn from Nicole Kidman, and a script that's as witty as it is poignant, The Family Fang is an intelligent and engrossing look at a dysfunctional family unit, even in spite of its tonal inconsistencies, which occur quite often.
★★★★ review by Milez Das on Letterboxd
When the movies opening sequence finishes I was like, What the hell is going on? But as the movie moves forwards and we are introduced to the characters, we get to know the real tangling of every situation going on...
What I loved about this movie was the bond between Brother and Sister, i.e between Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman. Thses two have been through a series of misfit adventures created by their parents when they were growing up. They lived a life were they constantly in a situation were they we creating a world of uninvited surprises. And the creation which their parents were making was just very sad to look.
I mean the father who just looked out for himself and his so called art, played by the brilliant Christopher Walken is just so selfish of him that I was angry with character throughout the movie and even the mother who was tells she sacrificed her kids to be with him, I mean she was sad, her eyes were telling all of it.
The characters were very well developed, you can see and read each one of them. Nicole Kidman shines throughout the movie, she is just brilliant here. I like when she gets angry or emotional, she looks so cute...Also Jason Bateman who we all know for his comedic roles does a great job in both playing the supporting brother and Director of this movie.
The Family Fang is a story about dysfunctional parents, but because of there activities the only good thing that came out was the strong bond between a Sister and her Brother.
★★★½ review by Tom Grey on Letterboxd
Thanks to strong performances from Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman, terrific direction, a nice style, and a good balance of comedy and drama, "The Family Fang" is a unique and entertaining look at a dysfunctional family. Kinda loved this one.
★★★½ review by Mr. DuLac on Letterboxd
You think that we’ve damaged you. One day you’re going to have children and you’re going to damage them. That’s what parents do! So what!
It's basically a coming of age story for middle aged people and I kinda loved it. Learning to let go of issues you had with how you were raised once you are well into adulthood sounds simple enough, but I think this adaptation of The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson shows that isn't always the case and maybe it shouldn't be anyways as some issues with parents don't end at adulthood.
Jason Bateman's second feature film in the director's chair and he opts to lean more towards drama then comedy this time around and it's all the better for it.
Probably the best I've seen Christopher Walken in a while as the patriarch of the Fang Family. He's like a cranky force of nature while Maryann Plunkett brings something completely different that I don't want to ruin. Jason Bateman and Nicole Kidman make surprisingly convincing siblings, but anyone who knows me is already aware that Kidman is always great in my eyes.
I think this touches on a lot of things that as adults we live with instead of "letting go" when maybe we shouldn't. Even if a lot of it is centered around "performance art", it's still very relatable as you can substitute it with anything from showbiz moms to sports obsessed dads.
Yeah and I love Nicole Kidman.
★★★½ review by Wayne on Letterboxd
While the third act has a twist that stretches believability, and it occasionally becomes a little totally confused, "The Family Fang" is still a really engaging dramedy with two great lead performances, a unique style, and strong direction from Jason Bateman.
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