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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.



(based on the book by), (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Hobart Waxman
Sally Schiff
Chicken Queen Cashier
Miss Delano
Chicken Queen Manager
Art Critic Matt Lovisek


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 May 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cenas de Família  »

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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"Intimate film score by Carter Burwell, which in some passages is reminiscent of 1999's Being John Malkovich. And while Spike Jonze's movie was a masterpiece in his own genre, Jason Bateman is saved in corner by Carter's talent in creating a feeling of mystery and introspection with sound. More info available @ the Carter Burwell official website." See more »


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 »


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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Song For Sunshine
Performed by Belle & Sebastian (as Belle and Sebastian)
Written by Bobby Kildea, Christopher Geddes, Mick Cooke, Richard Colburn, Sarah Martin, Stevie Jackson, Stuart Murdoch
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Art in itself, about art and much more
11 May 2016 | by See 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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