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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.


Jason Bateman


Kevin Wilson (based on the book by), David Lindsay-Abaire (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Nicole Kidman ... Annie Fang
Kathryn Hahn ... Young Camille
Jason Bateman ... Baxter Fang
Christopher Walken ... Caleb Fang
Harris Yulin ... Hobart Waxman
Grainger Hines ... Sheriff Hale
Jason Butler Harner ... Young Caleb
Marin Ireland ... Suzanne Crosby
Michael Chernus ... Kenny
Josh Pais ... Freeman
Alexandra Wentworth ... Sally Schiff
Scott Shepherd ... Art Critic Matt Lovisek
Linda Emond ... Miss Delano
Charlie Saxton ... Chicken Queen Manager
Mackenzie Brooke Smith ... Young Annie Fang (age 9) (as Mackenzie Smith)


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 »

Parents Guide:

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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 »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,506, 1 May 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$240,067, 22 May 2016
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


"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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Featured in Half in the Bag: 2016 Movie Catch-up (2016) See more »


Performed by Beastie Boys
Written by Adam Horovitz (as Adam Keefe Horovitz), Mike D (as Michael Louis Diamond), Money Mark (as Mark Ramos Nishita), Adam Yauch (as Adam Nathaniel Yauch)
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Easy to over-analyze, gets pretty difficult to watch
15 May 2016 | by finchsamSee all my reviews

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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