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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:
... Alex Gromberg
... Mitchell Gromberg
... Eli Gromberg
... Asher Gromberg
... Evelyn Gromberg
... Peg Maloney
... Malik
... Suzie
... Abby Staley (as Irene Gorovaia)
... Deb
Mark Hammer ... Stephen Gromberg
... Sarah Langley
... Barney
... Rebecca Gromberg
... Jeremy


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 USA:

$2,804,441, 27 April 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,375,836, 26 May 2003
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Diana Douglas, Michael Douglas's real mother, plays the mother of his character and the wife of Kirk Douglas even though she had been divorced from Kirk for over 50 years. Kirk's second wife Anne Douglas, is not an actress. 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 »


Here I Am in Love Again
Written by Moose Charlap and Charles F. Sweeney Jr.
Performed by Buddy Greco
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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a plotless characterization film
27 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

This was a watchable but highly forgettable film. It bounces around from character to character, with material that is more like character development than a true story. I kept waiting for something to happen, some plot to develop, but it never really did. It was just like a comedic soap opera.

Not that this break from traditional style is all together bad, it's just not that good. I gave it an average 6 stars(mostly for the star power.

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