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The Family Fang (2015)

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A brother and sister return to their family home in search of their world famous parents who have disappeared.

Director:

Jason Bateman

Writers:

Kevin Wilson (based on the book by), David Lindsay-Abaire (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nicole Kidman ... Annie Fang
Kathryn Hahn ... Young Camille
Jason Bateman ... Baxter Fang
Christopher Walken ... Caleb Fang
Marin Ireland ... Suzanne Crosby
Harris Yulin ... Hobart Waxman
Michael Chernus ... Kenny
Jason Butler Harner ... Young Caleb
Josh Pais ... Freeman
Charlie Saxton ... Chicken Queen Manager
Alexandra Wentworth ... Sally Schiff
Linda Emond ... Miss Delano
Scott Shepherd ... Art Critic Matt Lovisek
Grainger Hines ... Sheriff Hale
Mackenzie Brooke Smith ... Young Annie Fang (age 9) (as Mackenzie Smith)
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Storyline

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.

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cenas de Família See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,506, 1 May 2016

Gross USA:

$240,067
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The first trailer for the film wasn't released until three weeks before the release date. See more »

Goofs

When she arrives home there is 5 messages on phone. She listens only to 4, ignoring the last one. It could be vital. See more »

Quotes

Baxter Fang: Don't be afraid. Own the moment. If you're in control then the chaos will happen around you and not to you.
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Symphony No. 7 in A Major Op. 92: IV. Allegro con brio
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Poses a lot of great questions about what makes great art!
13 May 2016 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'THE FAMILY FANG': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

A dark comedy-drama flick, about the two adult children of a very controversial 'conceptual performance art' couple. The siblings blame their mother and father for all of their current problems in life; and when their parents go missing, the sister is sure it's just another disturbing art project. The film was directed by Jason Bateman, who also co-stars in it, and it was written by David Lindsay-Abaire. It's based on the 2011 novel, of the same name, by Kevin Wilson. The movie also co-stars Nicole Kidman (who co-produced the flick too), Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunkett, Kathryn Hahn (who also costarred in 'BAD WORDS'; which Bateman also directed and starred in) and Jason Butler Harner. I enjoyed the film immensely.

Baxter and Annie Fang (Bateman and Kidman) had a very bizarre, and highly unconventional, upbringing. Their parents are world famous 'conceptual performance artists', named Caleb and Camille Fang (Walken and Plunkett), and they incorporated Baxter and Annie into most of their projects (when they were young). The siblings have had a lot of issues, as adults, because of it. When their mother and father go missing, and are presumed dead by authorities, Annie becomes obsessed with proving it's another art trick.

I really like the story for this movie; it poses a lot of great questions about what makes great art. I'm a big fan of performance art (I experience with it a lot on social media), so this film is very interesting to me. I agree with Christopher Walken's character, on his opinions about art, but I think he took it too far, by involving his kids (I can see how that could do a lot of psychological damage to them). The movie is also a great character study, and the performances are all excellent too. Bateman also proves, once again, what a talented director he is, as well (I'm also a big fan of 'BAD WORDS'). It's definitely a film worth seeing!

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