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In the Family (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama , Romance | 4 November 2011 (USA)
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When his partner Cody dies in a car accident, Joey learns that their son, Chip, has been willed to Cody's sister. In his now solitary home life, Joey searches for a solution. The law is not on his side, but friends are.

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Patrick Wang

Writer:

Patrick Wang
5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sebastian Banes ... Chip Hines (as Sebastian Brodziak)
Patrick Wang ... Joey Williams
Trevor St. John ... Cody Hines
Lisa Altomare Lisa Altomare ... Betsy
Susan Kellermann ... Marge Hawks
Conan McCarty Conan McCarty ... Ed
Harriett D. Foy ... Sharon
Zachary Sayle Zachary Sayle ... Brent
Lovie Simone Taylor Lovie Simone Taylor ... Julie
Georgie DeNoto ... Dennis
Jake Bennett Siegfried ... Tim
Juliette Angelo ... Erin (as Juliette Allen-Angelo)
Cole Savitz-Vogel Cole Savitz-Vogel ... Blake Robey
Eisa Davis ... Anne Carter
Peter Hermann ... Dave Robey
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Storyline

In the town of Martin, Tennessee, Chip Hines, a precocious six year old, has only known life with his two dads, Cody and Joey. And a good life it is. When Cody dies suddenly in a car accident, Joey and Chip struggle to find their footing again. Just as they begin to, Cody's will reveals that he named his sister as Chip's guardian. The years of Joey's acceptance into the family unravel as Chip is taken away from him. In his now solitary home life, Joey searches for a solution. The law is not on his side, but friends are. Armed with their comfort and inspired by memories of Cody, Joey finds a path to peace with the family and becomes closer to his son. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Yonkers, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,575, 22 April 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,724, 22 April 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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First film directed by Patrick Wang, who also portrayed Joey Williams. See more »

Soundtracks

Bippity Boo
Written and performed by Chip Taylor
Produced by Chip Taylor
Courtesy of Train Wreck Records
By arrangement with Back Road Music Inc. (BMI) and EMI Music Publishing
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As a movie 6/10. As social advocacy 10/10
13 February 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Joey Williams (Patrick Wang) and Cody Hines (Trevor St. John) are an interracial gay couple raising Cody's son Chip (Sebastian Banes) living in the American South. When Cody dies, his family and Joey slowly come apart resulting in Joey losing Chip.

The best thing about this is that it's not a melodrama where somebody is a cartoon villain. It is heart breaking at times. The ending is a tear jerker. The story is important, and compelling.

However, it must be judged as a movie and not as a social advocacy. For a first time indie, Patrick Wang does a great job of writing and directing. The biggest problem is the lack of editing. At 169 minutes, it is insanely long. There are long moments of nothing scenes. Patrick have these unthinkable long unimportant takes. It begs to be chop in half. It is possible to allow people time to sit and think. But it is not a good idea to force people to sit through nothing. When this movie works, it breaks your heart. When it doesn't work, it's unbearably boring.


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