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      The Family Tree

      R Released Aug 26, 2011 1 hr. 35 min. Comedy Drama List
      10% 21 Reviews Tomatometer 24% 500+ Ratings Audience Score An unusual accident leaves an Ohio woman (Hope Davis) with amnesia, leading to a second chance at happiness for herself and her family. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered May 09 Buy Now

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      Audience Member So much wasted potential. I should have known that when in the opening credits, the theme song title is an F word (and is repeated over and over and over) and is accompanied by nudity that I was going to hate this, but something possessed me to keep watching. I like Dermot Mulroney but even that wasn't nearly enough. The Family Tree is nothing at all like the description except for the wife being left with a case of mild amnesia. It does have some funny moments, but mostly this movie is a lot of sexual humor and situations, swearing, nudity and did I mention, horrible? I saw and felt absolutely no heartwarming attributes at all and the more I watched, the worse it became. I almost turned it off, but by that time I was about 75% finished and figured that i might as well waste the rest of my time by finishing it. Ugh... It's too bad really because I was on a roll watching movies that I expected to be bad but turned out to be good. This one isn't bad, actually. Bad would have been a major improvement. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review georgan g Just not all that great. Didn't hate it. Seen much worse. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member OK, all critics look hating it. I found it kinda funny however. A comedy form of "American Beauty". Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member The Family Tree is a movie that is such a formulaic crapfest it doesn't even deserve for me to take time out of my schedule to write-up this review of it as I already WASTED an hour and a half of my time trying to appreciate some aspect of it (Christina Hendricks is in it for all of 3 minutes in the first twelve and gone for the remainder). I couldn't find anything else here ... and I rarely say I "wasted" my time when talking about movies (I willingly watched the sequel to Garfield to review it for friends and family); but this IS time wasted. The movie takes so many swipes and swings at many hot-button topics (religion, sexuality, adultery and marriage) that it is all muddled and ridiculous. So much is thrown at this family of wretched individuals that the audience cannot even keep all of the stupid storylines straight -- none of it is reasonable or plausible. This might be one for those who want to "go back" to a nostalgic past of glory ... and this movie is everything that is wrong with that mindset. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Humorous and character rich. Enjoy! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Frances H The Family Tree is a good example of why I don't believe in allowing critics to decide which movies I decide which movies I will watch. If I judged on the basis of the reviews I read here, I wouldn't have viewed this one, and on a dark comedy level, I found it very amusing--far more so than the acclaimed Tree of Life, which took the same subject seriously. While the latter film had beautiful cinematography and some lovely lyric moments, it was also confusing and often boringly slow paced, whereas the former movie was entertaining throughout. And after all, aren't films supposed to be a form of entertainment? Rated 3 out of 5 stars 10/20/12 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News To judge from the talent she drew for her shaky debut, Vivi Friedman must either be very well connected or an awfully smooth talker. Rated: 2/5 Aug 26, 2011 Full Review Sara Stewart New York Post "Mad Men" devotees may show up for Christina Hendricks, who plays Mulroney's buxom secretary. Quite the acting stretch. Rated: 1/4 Aug 26, 2011 Full Review Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times Friedman's inability to successfully reconcile the film's duality undercuts an eclectic cast gamely committed to Mark Lisson's thematically ambitious, if scattered, script. Rated: 2/5 Aug 25, 2011 Full Review Richard Propes TheIndependentCritic.com Warrants consideration on the basis of Hope Davis's strong performance. Rated: 2.5/4.0 Sep 7, 2020 Full Review Sean Kernan We Got This Covered The Family Tree is a surprisingly funny dysfunctional family comedy that manages to entertain throughout. Rated: 8/10 Mar 1, 2013 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...a misguided and thoroughly obnoxious piece of work that wears out its welcome almost immediately. Rated: 1/4 Nov 23, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis An unusual accident leaves an Ohio woman (Hope Davis) with amnesia, leading to a second chance at happiness for herself and her family.
      Director
      Vivi Friedman
      Executive Producer
      Jess Franco, Marc Toberoff
      Screenwriter
      Mark Lisson
      Distributor
      Entertainment One
      Production Co
      Driving Lessons
      Rating
      R (Some Violence|Drug Use|Sexual Content|Pervasive Language)
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 26, 2011, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 21, 2012
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $3.7K
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