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Family Weekend (2013)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  29 March 2013 (USA)
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A 16-year-old girl takes her parents hostage after they miss her big jump-roping competition.



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Credited cast:
Samantha Smith-Dungy
Duncan Dungy
Emily Smith-Dungy
Jackson Smith-Dungy
Deputy Tyler
Lisa Lauren Smith ...
Officer Reyes
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Black ...
Wildlife Presenter (voice)
Arthur Cartwright ...
James Thompson
Siu Jin


A 16-year-old girl takes her parents hostage after they miss her big jump-roping competition.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


If a family doesn't stick together, sometimes you have to use a little tape.


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for some sexual content and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 March 2013 (USA)  »

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Olesya Rulin was 8 years older than her character, 16-year-old Emily, when the movie was shot in January, 2011. See more »


References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »


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Written by Katie Herzig and Cason Cooley
Performed by Katie Herzig
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Family Weeked, Not Family Comedy
23 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a pretty solid and unexpected comedy. I laughed out loud quite a bit and enjoyed the nicely drawn character interactions. The whole production was several steps above what I was expecting (for a film with not much fanfare).

The cast is excellent top to bottom. Kristin Chenoweth brings her usual spark. Matthew Modine, an actor I've found to be more miss than hit over the years, brings a self-absorbed charm to his part. But it's Olesya Rulin who fully inhabits her character that really propels the movie forward and serves as the heart, soul and brain of the movie. I fell in love with the character as soon as she compiled and presented a neat three-binder of The Plan.

The other characters in the family are a bit too obvious in their stereotypes but the actors manage to elevate the material enough to avoid broad caricatures. The story beats are familiar and expected, but I was charmed enough by the production to not really mind.

The movie does suffer from an odd identity crisis, though. It's rated R--a soft R with slight profanity and sexual discussion (such as anal sex) but no gore, sustained raunchiness or similar content. It's a wonder to think that this rather innocuous movie has the same rating as the Saw or Hangover films. I'm not sure if they were going for a PG-13, missed the mark, and didn't have enough cash to re-cut it or if this was planned as an R movie.

The movie probably would have done better with the larger potential audience of a PG-13 rating, especially given the 16-year old protagonist and the family-based storyline.

Recommended for those who like quirky family comedies with a slight edge to them (Little Miss Sunshine-ish) and for competitive jump-rope enthusiasts (which I did not know was a thing).

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