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The Family Fang (2015)

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A brother and sister return to their family home in search of their world famous parents who have disappeared.

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Jason Bateman

Writers:

Kevin Wilson (based on the book by), David Lindsay-Abaire (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nicole Kidman ... Annie Fang
Jason Bateman ... Baxter Fang
Kathryn Hahn ... Young Camille
Christopher Walken ... Caleb Fang
Marin Ireland ... Suzanne Crosby
Harris Yulin ... Hobart Waxman
Jason Butler Harner ... Young Caleb
Josh Pais ... Freeman
Alexandra Wentworth ... Sally Schiff
Michael Chernus ... Kenny
Linda Emond ... Miss Delano
Scott Shepherd ... Art Critic Matt Lovisek
Charlie Saxton ... Chicken Queen Manager
Claire Glassford ... Chicken Queen Cashier
Peggy J. Scott ... Woman in Bank
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Storyline

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.

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cenas de Família See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,506, 1 May 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$240,067, 22 May 2016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Nicole Kidman's father Antony Kidman visited her on set in New York. However, tragically, his visit was the last time they saw each other, before he passed away in September 2014. In a scheduling coincidence, the film held its world premiere on September 14th, 2015, exactly the date on which he passed away the year earlier. See more »

Goofs

When she arrives home there is 5 messages on phone. She listens only to 4, ignoring the last one. It could be vital. See more »

Quotes

Baxter Fang: Don't be afraid. Own the moment. If you're in control then the chaos will happen around you and not to you.
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Featured in Half in the Bag: 2016 Movie Catch-up (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 7 in A Major Op. 92: IV. Allegro con brio
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra & Josef Krips
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Art in itself, about art and much more
11 May 2016 | by daniel-moos77See all my reviews

I was shocked to see that someone could rate this movie with only 1 star and call it #2. Any CGI-Junkie and "state-of-the-art-Hollywood-moive" fan (sarcasm) will be disappointed. But if you give this movie a chance to effect you, then you will be anything else than disappointed. I came across the book by accident and it was not (for me) a great read. But seen it performed by this ensemble of actors was worth it. If you get upset about any sign of incest (and a kiss like this is not), then Shakespeare's King Lear is not art, either. Watch "Pacific Rim" instead. Many of the dialogues in this movie I did watch over and over, the choice of words, the setting and acting were simply great. Walken, Kidman and Bateman – awesomeness (thanks NPH) on screen. The story is, at least just for me, the frame, which is holding it together. Parents and kids will always struggle to get along. And here it is stretched over the top - into the realm of art. But then life itself is a form of art. And this movie shows that Hollywood not only produces #2 these days. One point I did not like was the shaky camera. It is supposed to be modern and probably cool. Still it is annoying as hell and gives me a headache, in any movie it is used in. This movie uses it in certain shots, but could easily do without it.


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