Annie and Baxter, the adult children of the controversial husband and wife conceptual performance art couple famous for their quirky macabre public performances, have never got over the fact that their parents kept using them during their childhood in their often gory and disturbing satirical public performances. They often clash with their now elderly parents over this and blame them for their problems in their adult life. However, the two become worried when they're told by the police that their parents have gone missing during their trip outside of town. The brother considers the possibility that something horrible might have happened to them, but the sister is convinced that it's just another one of their stupid games or twisted conceptual performances. She convinces him that they should go and look for them themselves.
Easy to over-analyze, gets pretty difficult to watch
Based on the 2011 best-selling American novel of the same name, The Family Fang tells the story of an unconventional family and the public pranks they pass off as performance art which is fun for them but shocking to the unsuspecting participants. The movie opens with one such prank in the form of a staged bank robbery, and it is fun and a little shocking, but then it's all downhill from there. The ensuing pranks are dull, and the characters some 30 years later are likewise uninteresting. The talents of Nicole Kidman, Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn and Christopher Walken are all wasted here on a wishy-washy script that probably sounded fine in a read-through, but just didn't translate well to the screen at all.
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