A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the first American family to be the subjects of a reality TV show.

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David Seltzer
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Diane Lane ... Pat Loud
Tim Robbins ... Bill Loud
James Gandolfini ... Craig Gilbert
Thomas Dekker ... Lance Loud
Caitlin Custer ... Delilah Loud
Kaitlyn Dever ... Michele Loud
Nick Eversman ... Grant Loud
Johnny Simmons ... Kevin Loud
Patrick Fugit ... Alan Raymond
Shanna Collins ... Susan Raymond
Jake Richardson ... Tommy Goodwin
Kathleen Quinlan ... Mary Every
Lolita Davidovich ... Val
Matt O'Leary ... Cameron
Stephen Caffrey ... Tom
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A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the first American family to be the subjects of a reality TV show.

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Drama

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Craig Gilbert, portrayed here by James Gandolfini, was the award-winning documentary filmmaker who created, wrote, directed, and produced the original An American Family (1973) series on PBS. Thanks to the controversy surrounding the iconic series, it would prove to be his final credit. See more »

Goofs

During the band's rendition of "Won't get fooled again" the bass player obviously is not playing what we hear. See more »

Quotes

Pat Loud: You do realize that we're being followed by a camera crew.
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Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.129 (2011) See more »

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El Gavilan
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Performed by Mariachi Voz De America
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An interesting and enjoyable look at the beginnings of reality TV. Great acting and great movie. I recommend this. I say A-
6 March 2012 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"One must never let the public behind the scenes for they are easily disillusioned and then they are angry with you, for it is the illusion they love." The first successful reality show was on PBS and it was about the Loud family. The show followed around Pat (Lane) and Bill (Robbins) Loud and their family. It was the first of it's kind and this movie about how it started, what it was like while it was going on and the aftermath. I was actually pretty excited about watching this because of the cast. I have to say I was not disappointed at all. The acting was great in this and the movie itself was very entertaining. I have never been a fan of reality TV but it was very interesting to see how the genre began and the immediate impact that the show had. I do have to say though that as great as this movie is and how interesting it was to see the family problems come to the surface I still have no interest to watch the real "American Family" show. That in no way means that I did not enjoy watching the Loud family in this movie though. Overall, an excellent movie that should be watched. Very, very interesting and makes me wonder how accurate it is. I give it an A-.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 2011 (USA) See more »

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Cinema Verite See more »

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HBO Films, Pariah See more »
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1.78 : 1
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