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The Family Fang (2015)

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A brother and sister return to their family home in search of their world famous parents who have disappeared.



(based on the book by), (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Hobart Waxman
Sally Schiff
Chicken Queen Manager
Miss Delano
Art Critic Matt Lovisek
Young Annie Fang (age 9) (as Mackenzie Smith)


Annie and Baxter, the adult children of the controversial husband and wife conceptual performance art couple famous for their quirky macabre public performances, have never got over the fact that their parents kept using them during their childhood in their often gory and disturbing satirical public performances. They often clash with their now elderly parents over this and blame them for their problems in their adult life. However, the two become worried when they're told by the police that their parents have gone missing during their trip outside of town. The brother considers the possibility that something horrible might have happened to them, but the sister is convinced that it's just another one of their stupid games or twisted conceptual performances. She convinces him that they should go and look for them themselves.

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 May 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cenas de Família  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,506, 1 May 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$240,067, 22 May 2016
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jack McCarthy's feature film debut. See more »


When she arrives home there is 5 messages on phone. She listens only to 4, ignoring the last one. It could be vital. See more »


Baxter Fang: Don't be afraid. Own the moment. If you're in control then the chaos will happen around you and not to you.
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Symphony No. 7 in A Major Op. 92: IV. Allegro con brio
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra & Josef Krips
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I wish there were more movies like this
29 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

A film diametrically opposite to the conventions of American cinema approach.

I do not know the book on which it is based but all the story of this film seems to me an undeniable success, both in the type of characters, outsiders creators, and the plot -strange and twisted-, with a touch of humor, also with many moments of deep reflection on performance art, action-art, and the limit of consequences lead to (as did the performers of the 70s and no doubt inspired by them). Very interesting, and ironic, the critical commentary to one of this movement's leaders, Chris Burden.

The direction of the film (the first of Jason Bateman as director) is firm and convincing and the exquisite sobriety of interpretations, especially Kidman, Bateman and Walken, transform it into a film that it's almost certainly going to have a long run, especially in these times of artistic misery and cheap creative ideas.

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