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      The Family Way

      1966 1h 55m Comedy Drama List
      75% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 82% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Young newlyweds Arthur (Hywel Bennett) and Jenny Fitton (Hayley Mills) want nothing more than to get their marriage started on the right foot. But before they can depart for their honeymoon in Spain, they have to spend their first night together at the home of Arthur's parents, Ezra (John Mills) and Lucy (Marjorie Rhodes). The couple are prevented from having any intimacy, but it only gets worse. They find out that their trip to Spain is canceled, which sets the tone for a rocky few weeks. Read More Read Less

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      Stewart Allen Arizona Republic In The Family Way, the adults act like children and the children try to act like adults. Mar 30, 2022 Full Review Bosley Crowther New York Times The possibilities of serious complications are studiously forgone in favor of folksiness and pathos, which are pleasingly presented but awfully thin. Apr 30, 2020 Full Review Peter Bradshaw Guardian This British movie from the Boulting brothers flares like a struck match with broad comedy, fierce sentimentality and a strange dark sense of life's painfulness... Rated: 4/5 Apr 30, 2020 Full Review David Parkinson Radio Times Hywel Bennett is bang on form as the husband so wound up by cohabitation that he is unable to consummate his marriage to the equally impressive Hayley Mills. Rated: 4/5 Apr 30, 2020 Full Review Richard Schickel LIFE It takes intelligence to find genuine drama within the common lot, and real sensitivity to make of it something as consistently touching and funny as The Family Way. Aug 30, 2019 Full Review Tony Mastroianni Cleveland Press Warm, perceptive and ingratiatingly human. Jan 17, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D Not enough to it to entertain. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 07/27/23 Full Review Bertharius Poignant, funny, characterful. Such an impressive performance from John Mills as Ezra Fitton with Marjorie Rhodes as his wife Lucy. This film, to me, is as fresh today as it was when it appeared in 1966. A moving drama of family life that will grab you within minutes through masterful direction including the subplot of secrets that slowly emerge. A wonderful film. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Autumn M The Family Way is the story of newlyweds who are having trouble consummating their relationship. It was hard for me to imagine a young couple living with the groom's parents, but I suppose it was common at the time the movie is set and also in British culture? Suspension aside, it was a funny and very human movie. Hayley Mills was okay, but it was really the supporting cast that kept the story moving. Recommended. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/08/23 Full Review Audience Member Wonderful film about impotence. A young husband has a problem consummating his marriage. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/26/21 Full Review john k The movie is a part of family history in the old days with people's ways and attitude that is long forgotten unfortunately Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Excellent cast and charaterisations. Authenic North of England locations and ambience. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Young newlyweds Arthur (Hywel Bennett) and Jenny Fitton (Hayley Mills) want nothing more than to get their marriage started on the right foot. But before they can depart for their honeymoon in Spain, they have to spend their first night together at the home of Arthur's parents, Ezra (John Mills) and Lucy (Marjorie Rhodes). The couple are prevented from having any intimacy, but it only gets worse. They find out that their trip to Spain is canceled, which sets the tone for a rocky few weeks.
      Director
      Roy Boulting
      Producer
      John Boulting
      Screenwriter
      Bill Naughton
      Production Co
      Boulting Brothers
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date (DVD)
      Jan 27, 2009
      Runtime
      1h 55m