The Family Fang

2015

Comedy / Drama / Mystery

36
IMDb Rating 6.1 10 7,876

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Christopher Walken as Caleb Fang
Eugenia Kuzmina as (uncredited)
Jason Bateman as Baxter Fang
Kathryn Hahn as Young Camille
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978.79 MB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
105 min
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23.976 fps
105 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by CineMuseFilms 7 / 10 / 10

A twisted portrait of parental abuse under the guise of art

Bad-parent movies are a popular comedy genre that laughs at parents for not being perfect. The drama, thriller or horror versions are more about exploring the dark side of family life and the damage that adults inflict on their young. The offbeat satire The Family Fang (2015) has its funny moments but this is not a comedy. It is a portrait of psychological abuse conducted by parents in the name of art with sinister undercurrents always beneath the surface. Internationally renowned Caleb Fang (Christopher Walken) and his wife Camille (Maryanne Plunkett) are performance artists dedicated to disrupting the conventions of normality. They stage impromptu happenings in public places simply to witness the sublime beauty of the resulting chaos. Their children Annie (Nicole Kidman) and Baxter (Jason Bateman) have been used as performance props since they were born and their adult lives bear the scars of parenting based on artifice and deception. As youngsters they busked a song "kill all parents so you can keep living" just to get crowd reactions, but they could not foresee the truth in the lyrics nor how their parents would control their lives into adulthood. The story unfolds backwards with Annie and Baxter at their parent's empty home searching for clues to explain the sudden and violent of disappearance of Caleb and Camille. Police believe the worst but the siblings believe it is just another stunt. While trawling through videos and other memorabilia, they see their lives paraded before them. They realise that they have always been exploited and are victims of unresolved psychological abuse. Through flashbacks, they can see Caleb as a violent personality and Camille as meekly compliant while family gatherings were tension-filled events under Caleb's domination. When the siblings question the value of the performances the reaction is pure menace. This is a dysfunctional family in both obvious and implied ways, and the film keeps us guessing whether the knotted ball can ever be untangled. The four characters are well defined with strong and believable performances, and the conflicts between young and old are frighteningly recognisable as the kind of things that happen in both normal and transgressive families. When Caleb says "parents damage kids, so what" it sends a shiver down your spine to realise that some people are not psychologically equipped to be parents. Annie and Baxter must confront the fact that letting their parents go may the only way to grow up. This is an original take on an age-old story that is also provocative and engaging.

Reviewed by finchsam 8 / 10 / 10

Easy to over-analyze, gets pretty difficult to watch

Based on the 2011 best-selling American novel of the same name, The Family Fang tells the story of an unconventional family and the public pranks they pass off as performance art which is fun for them but shocking to the unsuspecting participants. The movie opens with one such prank in the form of a staged bank robbery, and it is fun and a little shocking, but then it's all downhill from there. The ensuing pranks are dull, and the characters some 30 years later are likewise uninteresting. The talents of Nicole Kidman, Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn and Christopher Walken are all wasted here on a wishy-washy script that probably sounded fine in a read-through, but just didn't translate well to the screen at all.

Reviewed by niutta-enrico 8 / 10 / 10

The Family Fang: its best Quality is Originality, I guess.

This is a very good work of fiction, well represented on the screen by Jason Bateman (who starred and directed it) and his stellar cast. It's the story of a unusual family: you will find the story truly original, not only in its premises or in the sequence of events but also because in the end you'll be left without any moral teaching: everything will seem possible and acceptable. I found it interesting but, to be sincere, not really catching or entertaining. If you are looking for a Comedy I'm afraid you'll be disappointed. If you think you are going to watch a drama you'll probably find it poorly moving. If you want to see something original, on the contrary, you could be satisfied I guess.

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