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Surviving Family (2012)

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When Terry Malone shows up unannounced on her father's doorstep - with her fiancé and a plan to get married in 5 days - she learns that she's not the only one with secrets.


Laura Thies


Mara Lesemann
15 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Sarah Wilson ... Terry Malone
Billy Magnussen ... Alex D'Amico
Tara Westwood ... Jean Malone Fulton
Bill Sage ... Jerry Malone
Johnny Hopkins Johnny Hopkins ... Hank Malone
J.D. Williams ... Bobby
Phyllis Somerville ... Mary Giaccone
Vincent Pastore ... Mayor Avenoso
Katherine Hughes ... Lily Fulton (as K.C. Hughes)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lauren Augarten ... Christy
Che Ayende Che Ayende ... Stan
Jim Barry Jim Barry ... Frank
Olivia Baseman ... Mrs. Giaccone
Bettina Bilger ... Jenny
Carleigh Chirico Carleigh Chirico ... Young Terry Malone


When Terry Malone shows up unannounced on her father's doorstep - with her fiancé and a plan to get married in 5 days - she learns that she's not the only one with secrets. Written by Mara Lesemann

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You can't escape the family tree.


Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

15 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Bushkill, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Won 4 awards at the 2012 Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City (www.goldendoorfilmfestival.org): Best Actress, Sarah Wilson; Best Supporting Actress, Phyllis Somerville; the Alice Guy Blache Female Filmmaker Award for director Laura Thies; and Best Local Movie. It was nominated for a total of 11 awards, including Best Support Actress, Tara Westwood; Best Cinematography, Timothy Naylor; Best Director, Laura Thies; Best Feature; Best Editing, Laura Thies; Best Costume Design (Cortney Hillman); and Best Screenplay, Mara Lesemann See more »


Mary Giaccone: It took me years of therapy to realize you can't always save people.
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Referenced in Available (2013) See more »


Never Woke Up This Morning,
written by John Plenge; performed by John Plenge and The tOne_fAcTory
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Odd, Female Centric Film
17 October 2016 | by ShippedCutOutSee all my reviews

About halfway through this film, as we were continuing to unravel the mysteries of Tara, her family, and her past, it occurred to me that the script had to have been written by a woman. Nothing wrong with that, but the men seemed to pop in for a few minutes and then disappear. The father, literally. The brother, most of the time, except for his reappearance at the wedding. An old boyfriend at the bar, her sister's first husband "for about six weeks."

Not sure why Aunt Mary's role had her heading to Atlantic City with the senior citizens, rather than making the wedding, but her disappearance seemed odd as well.

Okay, I get it. Families are hard, esp. when mom is bipolar. Oh, and now the niece is too. Will this same malady be visited on the newborn?

Then there were the actors: easy on the eyes but somehow missing the touch of reality that comes from better acting. The sister in particular looked like her face was pinched. The Say Yes to the Dress scene added very little to the film, and the wedding cake bit didn't provide much either.

The entire film felt like someone had a bipolar member in the family, it hit hard, led to years of therapy, and was turned into a film.

Thumbs down.

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