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Rachael Leigh Cook ... Rachel Levy

Hope Davis ... Bunnie Burnett

Dermot Mulroney ... Jack Burnett

Max Thieriot ... Eric Burnett

Britt Robertson ... Kelly Burnett
Christopher Bradley ... Bobby Overmier

Chi McBride ... Simon Krebs

Christina Hendricks ... Alicia Bouche

Gabrielle Anwar ... Nina Fouts

Keith Carradine ... Reverend Diggs

Newell Alexander ... Dr. Lieberman

Evan Ross ... Josh Krebs

Mac Brandt ... Young Police Officer

Jermaine Williams ... Trey

Shad Moss ... T-Boy (as Shad Moss a/k/a Bow Wow)

Adrian Alvarado ... Uniformed cop

Madeline Zima ... Mitzy Steinbacher

Steven Grayhm ... Andy Porter

Jake Richardson ... Roy

Eddie Hassell ... Ricky Johnson

Pamela Shaw ... Vice Principal Carnes

Selma Blair ... Ms. Delbo
Peggy Etra ... Eunice

Ally Maki ... Shauna

John Patrick Amedori ... Paul Stukey

Hannah Hodson ... Ashley

Jane Seymour ... Grandma Ilene

Colby French ... Coach Sutton

Elizabeth Wachsberg ... Gun Convention Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Evan Handler ... Harv Drucker

Jack Kyle ... Police Officer #1 (uncredited)
David Masters ... Scarred NRA member (uncredited)

Directed by
Vivi Friedman 
Writing credits
Mark Lisson (written by)

Produced by
Mark Donadio .... co-executive producer
Robert E. Griffin Jr. .... executive producer
Robert Hale .... co-executive producer
J. Todd Harris .... producer
Stephanie Johnson .... co-producer
Allan Jones .... producer
Mark Lisson .... producer
Lisa Looney .... associate producer
Marc Marcum .... associate producer
Miriam Marcus .... co-executive producer
Marc Toberoff .... executive producer
Kathy Weiss .... producer
Original Music by
Stacey Hersh 
Cinematography by
Joplin Wu (director of photography) (as Hong-Wei Joplin Wu)
Film Editing by
Seth Flaum 
Justine Halliday 
Patrick Sheffield 
Casting by
Veronica Collins Rooney 
Production Design by
Jesse Benson 
Set Decoration by
Julie Drach 
Costume Design by
Kelle Kutsugeras 
Makeup Department
Arleen Chavez .... key hair stylist
Michelle DeMilt .... additional makeup artist
Sean Flanigan .... hair department head
Patricia Messina .... additional makeup artist
Sian Richards .... makeup department head
Robin Siegel .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Lisa Looney .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jason C. Brown .... second assistant director
Meredith Corrado .... additional second second assistant director
John Mattingly .... first assistant director
Anthony Mintos .... second second assistant director
Sam Nainoa .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Todd Daniels .... set dresser
Joseph Fedo .... on-set dresser
Joshua Green .... set decorating buyer
Roger Kelton .... construction coordinator
Cynthia Kershaw .... art department coordinator
Greg Manke .... assistant property master
Kevin 'Chevy' Martinez .... leadman
Aimee Moraca .... graphic designer
Jeffrey M. O'Brien .... property master
Nandor Szilagy .... set dresser (2008)
Sound Department
Kevin Patrick Burns .... re-recording mixer
Mark F. Dennett .... boom operator
Lisa Gillespie .... sound utility
Josh McHugh .... sound editor
Tony Smyles .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Chris Cline .... special effects technician
David Waine .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
William Powloski .... visual effects producer
William Powloski .... visual effects supervisor
Christopher Bradley .... stunt performer
Kurt Bryant .... stunt coordinator
Stacey Carino .... stunt double: Hope Davis
Brian Christensen .... stunt coordinator
Zach Hudson .... stunt double: Jake Richardson
Mark McDaniels .... stunt double
Heidi Pascoe .... stunt double: Selma Blair
Darryl Reeves .... stunt double
Nathan Siebring .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Arena .... Steadicam operator
Joseph Arena .... camera operator
Andrea Bassani .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Malcolm Bryce .... gaffer
David F. Clark .... assistant camera
Greg Flores .... best boy grip: re-shoots
Adam Foskey .... assistant camera
Neil Gold .... co-grip
Gary Johnson .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Rick Page .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Chris Tonkovich .... lighting technician
Chris Wessinger .... film loader
Casting Department
Mac Marshall .... extras casting
Farrah West .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Suzy Chesler .... assistant costumes
Shannon R. Moore .... set costumer (as Shannon Iarossi)
Lauren Pratto .... costume intern
Michelle Sandvig .... costume supervisor
Caroline Zacher .... costumer
Editorial Department
Todd Bochner .... digital intermediate colorist
George Carlston .... colorist: dailies
Julie Garces .... assistant editor
Justine Halliday .... editor
William Paley .... assistant editor
Zara Park .... digital intermediate producer (as Zara Roberts)
Music Department
Amy Marie Beauchamp .... composer: additional music
Jose Cancela .... composer: additional music
Megan Cavallari .... original song
Maureen Crowe .... music supervisor
Michael Jay .... music editor
Michelle Kuznetsky .... music supervisor
Matthew Llewellyn .... assistant to composer
Adrian Van Velsen .... music editor
Ronald J. Webb .... music editor
Transportation Department
Ernesto A. Luna .... transportation co-captain
Michael Perrotti .... transportation coordinator
Joey Rivera .... driver: special equipment
Other crew
Carsten Becker .... title designer
Erica Bentley .... intern
Glynn Butterfield .... epk producer
Chris Cortez .... medic
Katherine Dunaeva .... intern
Chapin Hemmingway .... production assistant
Sarah Huntington .... legal services
Nikki Levine .... production assistant
Crystal McAlerney .... production coordinator
Nicole Page .... production counsel
Barbara Palka .... production assistant
Helen D. 'Heidi' Reavis .... legal advisor
Silver Tree .... script supervisor
Joanna Lara Zuppardi .... assistant production coordinator (as Joanna Lara)

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Rated R for sexual content, pervasive language, drug use and some violence
87 min
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A black comedy with a specialty at being repellent and a weakness at being funny or insightful, 24 November 2011
Author: TheUnknown837-1 from United States

"The Family Tree" is the hopelessly misleading title of a frighteningly misanthropic would-be comedy that pretends to be a clever, black satire on modern day family values and American culture. But instead of provoking guilty laughs along with sharp insights, the horrifyingly television-esque picture defies its own intentions and produces anger as opposed to wit. And I can only imagine that if anybody can find the kindness in themselves to laugh at it, then they must really be feeling guilty.

Basically, if you are white, black, married, single, religious, anti-religious, homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual, on drugs, anti-drugs, studious, rebellious, blue-collar, white-collar - a human being, in other words - the picture holds you with the absolute lowest of regard. The movie centers on a family, not a family tree, and their dopey neighbors and associates. It opens with a laughless scene of the family visiting a shrink, then goes to a high school peeping tom climbing into a tree at night, spying into the family's window and the wife's chest while masturbating. A squirrel startles him, he slips, gets the loop of the binoculars around his neck, and hangs himself.

Yes, he dies.

While he decomposes in the tree, we follow the rest of the characters. The wife gives herself amnesia while having sex with the nextdoor neighbor, the hypocritical religious son starts doing drugs while simultaneously developing a crush on a homosexual classmate, a neighbor finds himself associate with a couple of black hip-robbers. Oh, by the way, these are just a few of the numerous subplots that attempt to provide some dark insights of American life.

It's trying to be a picture like "30 Minutes or Less," a much-superior film released earlier this year. Neither film holds its audience with very high regard. So what is the difference between the two pictures and why is one a modestly successful and entertaining film with some laughs and insights and the other a sprawling, anger-inducing mess. The answer, I think, is that "30 Minutes or Less" had the wits and the courage to acknowledge what it was and play its satirical elements to a hilt. That way when I laughed at its black comic moments, I was feeling guilty for laughing at it, but being able to forgive myself because at the same time, the movie was offering some wicked and fascinating insights about contemporary culture and lifestyles.

"The Family Tree" only offers pseudo-insights. It never comes full term with what it is or what it wants to be or what it should be, and sparks anger as opposed to insights and laughs. Add to that some shoddy performance and a horrifically lamefooted directing style and the picture really bogs down. The movie is crammed with uncomfortably overpopulated close-ups and cheesy lighting reminiscent of dopey television comedies, not surprising seeing as how its director, Vivi Friedman, came from that field. The picture is just about an hour and a half long and it feels twice that length because it is so joylessly inept. Its specialty is not in providing information or laughs, but jolts of anger and groaning.

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