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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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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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6 May 2016 (USA)  »

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Cenas de Família  »

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$14,506, 1 May 2016, Limited Release

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$240,067, 22 May 2016
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Nicole Kidman missed the world premiere of the film at Toronto Film Festival, despite her dedicated involvement with it, because she was busy with her West End play "Photograph 51" in London. See more »

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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 »

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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 »

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2. Adagio Un Poco Mosso [Beethoven: Piano Concerto NO. 5 in E Flat Major Op. 73 - Emperor]
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Performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy, Wiener Philharmoniker, Zubin Mehta
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A Near-Perfect Comedy-Drama!
16 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

Based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Kevin Wilson, 'The Family Fang' by Jason Bateman, is a wonder of a film. No kidding, this is a sublime film, about family & the importance of parenthood. This One's A Near-Perfect Comedy-Drama!

'The Family Fang' Synopsis: A brother and sister return to their family home in search of their world famous parents who have disappeared.

'The Family Fang' is a quietly devastating film, on how important it is to be a good parent, in order to raise their children sane. In here, the unsettled protagonists (Bateman, Nicole Kidman, in Pure Oscar Peak Form), are a victim of unusual parents (Christopher Walken & Maryann Plunkett, both brilliant). They are not your regular parents, they are attention seekers, who find Art in the Reality of Life. They put up gigs (not even one of which shows any signs of entertainment, but of rather fright) & they swear to live by it, in extreme measures. Its a devastating journey to see this family so distort, torn between love, commitment & art.

David Lindsay-Abaire's Adapted Screenplay is superior in all terms. 'The Family Fang' is essentially a comedy, with some dark, dramatic undertones. I was engrossed & heartbroken by the struggle of its scarred protagonist. 'The Family Fang' is about artistry gone too far & how a family is only a family, when you treat it like one. Bateman's Direction is Brilliant. He takes charge of the narrative & doesn't let you go. Take a bow, Mr.Batemen!

The Fangs aren't particularly normal, but nor is their journey. Don't Miss It!


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