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It Runs in the Family (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 25 April 2003 (USA)
This is the story of a dysfunctional New York family, and their attempts to reconcile.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Abby Staley (as Irene Gorovaia)
Mark Hammer ...
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Wealth can't spare three male generations of the dysfunctional Jewish New York Gromberg family grief or grim reality. However successful in life, Alex never felt pleasing pride or proper parental support from sprightly patriarch Mitchell, who sarcastically imposes his own values and priorities on everyone and everything. Alex starts despairing that his modern permissiveness may ruin his own bright firstborn, college-boy Asher, unlike adoring kid-brother Eli. A dorm-drug-bust pushes things to the limit -- or beyond? Written by KGF Vissers

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Some families can survive anything. Even each other.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content, sexual material and language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

25 April 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Few Good Years  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,804,441 (USA) (25 April 2003)


$7,375,836 (USA) (23 May 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Asher is working on his writing project, he is seen changing the title from "Smack in the Puss" to "Smack in the Kisser" to "Family Jewels"; these were early script titles for this movie. See more »


Mitchell Gromberg: Alex, you're a much better father than I was.
Alex Gromberg: Thank you. But you didn't exactly set the bar all that high.
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References Cabaret (1972) See more »


You'll Never Know
Written by Mack Gordon, Harry Warren
Performed by Diana Krall
Produced by Tommy LiPuma
Diana Krall appears courtesy of The Verve Music Group
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getting older and older might be sometimes difficult to match
11 December 2004 | by (bucharest romania) – See all my reviews

My interest to watch this movie,was primarily due to seeing three generations from the Douglas-clan acting together.It is definitely not a movie you watch twice,the plot is predictable,one might even say that a plot does not exist.

But the whole atmosphere of this big family,with their happy moments,sorrows,quarrels is well pictured.

I was impressed by old Kirk,who at his age acts quite well.Watching him behaving like an old man who still wants to play a role and be a decision maker in his family,made me think of the sometimes sad aspects of getting older.The scene when he danced with his wife,before her upcoming death ,is moving.Also himself jogging and being thrown down to earth by youngsters passing by, who are neglecting his fall.He is hurt,but he does not cry,he takes it with dignity.The uneasy life of an old man ,who has his difficulties but refuses to be a looser.And he certainly gets the sympathy of the audience through this.

We cannot neglect the old people around us,trying to live further in this speedy and sometimes selfish world ,which gets less sensible towards them and finds less time to comfort them.But this movie could make us more indulgent with old people.This could be the message of this movie,besides being an occasion to watch acting three generations of the Douglas family.

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