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Christopher Walken: "When people talk about art, I get nervous." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Jason Bateman's impish The Family Fang, screenplay by Rabbit Hole playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, adapted from Kevin Wilson's novel, stars Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunkett with Jason Butler Harner, Kathryn Hahn, Marin Ireland and Michael Chernus (memorable in Noah Baumbach's While We're Young and James Strouse's People Places Things).
When I ran into Vincent Lindon at Félix in SoHo and told him I had just talked with Christopher Walken at the Tribeca Film Festival, he asked "has he stayed in touch with Robert De Niro?" since they made Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter. Meeting Jeff Goldblum, a Key Largo Humphrey Bogart, Joe Papp, Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book, playing a cat lover in Barry Sonnenfeld's Nine Lives with Kevin Spacey and Lil Bub of Lil Bub and Friendz fame »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The premise is worryingly familiar. A handsome young man named John Hollar (John Krasinski), currently in a rut, is told by his pregnant girlfriend Becca (Anna Kendrick) that he has to go home because his mother Sally (Margo Martindale) is in the hospital.
Once home, we meet John’s brother Ron (Sharlto Copley, over-the-top but charmingly so) and weepy father Don (Richard Jenkins). Jason (Charlie Day), the nurse treating his mother, happens to be the man who married John’s high school girlfriend Gwen (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Oh, and Don’s heat & oil business is on the verge of bankruptcy.
Written and directed by Krasinski (his second feature following Brief Interviews With Hideous Men), the convenient plot and archetypal characters work well enough thanks to strong performances and an earnest script from James C. Strouse, who wrote and directed the lovable People, Places, Things from last year.
Casting himself in the lead role, »
- Dan Mecca
2 items from 2016
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