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Family Weekend (2013)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 29 March 2013 (USA)
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When her family misses her jump roping competition, a 16-year-old girl and her siblings hold their parents hostage, hoping to correct their unsatisfying behavior.

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Benjamin Epps

Writer:

Matt K. Turner

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Credited cast:
Kristin Chenoweth ... Samantha Smith-Dungy
Matthew Modine ... Duncan Dungy
Olesya Rulin ... Emily Smith-Dungy
Joey King ... Lucinda Smith-Dungy
Shirley Jones ... GG
Eddie Hassell ... Jackson Smith-Dungy
Chloe Bridges ... Kat
Adam Saunders Adam Saunders ... Rick
Robbie Tucker ... Mickey Smith-Dungy
Peter Gail ... Deputy Tyler
Chase Yi ... Chris (as Chase Maser)
Lauren LaStrada ... Officer Reyes (as Lisa Lauren Smith)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Black Paul Black ... Wildlife Presenter (voice)
Arthur Cartwright ... James Thompson
Cindy Chang ... Siu Jin
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When her family misses her jump roping competition, a 16-year-old girl and her siblings hold their parents hostage, hoping to correct their unsatisfying behavior.

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tape over mouth | tied feet | See All (2) »

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

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Comedy | Drama

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

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Trivia

Lucinda Smith-Dungy (Joey King) wore the cosplays of 1970's, iconic, restricted-movie, antiheroes like Iris from Taxi Driver [1976] and Alexander DeLarge from Stanley Kubrick's: A Clockwork Orange [1971]. See more »

Quotes

Emily Smith-Dungy: Okay that's great, but where should you have been at 3:30?
Duncan Dungy: You sound like your mother, consumed with time and a schedule. Do not tread that path, remember, it's what you do, not when you do it, it's the what that's important.
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Connections

References Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

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Lost and Found
Written by Katie Herzig and Cason Cooley
Performed by Katie Herzig
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Family Weeked, Not Family Comedy
23 June 2013 | by My_Pet_MongooseSee 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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