|Starring:||Hank Azaria, Debra Winger, Kelly Preston, Famke Janssen, Zooey Deschanel, Glenne Headly, Piper Laurie, Jesse Bradford, Ray Romano, Rip Torn|
|Run time:||1 hour 27 minutes|
|Rental release:||19 Sep 2005|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Loving Black ComedyBy Jennifer from London, UK , 17 Aug 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Ensemble films which revolve around insane families are always funny. This time the deranged family meet for the funeral of their father. Members include: the failed actor (Hank Azaria) still living off the one commercial he did as a kid for peanut butter, the single father (Ray Everybody Loves Raymond Romano)with a pair of oversexed teens, the mother (Piper Laurie) so tired of life she attempts in vain to committ suicide countless times, the bitter moaning sister (Debra Winger) who has scared her husband into silence, the lesbian sister (Kelly Preston) who arrives with her lover (Famke Janssen) and finally the good daughter (Zooey Deschanel) who tries to keep it all together. The script is sharp, the comedy dark and highly amusing. If you don't find the premise funny, you will probably hate the movie, if you are giggling inside - enjoy!
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Has its momentsBy a customer from London , 09 Dec 2008This trys too hard to be a dark comedy and ends up either following the most stereotypical characters or just resorts to slapstick. It does have a few good one liners but this is nothing special
A GREAT FILM.By a customer from Doncaster , 09 Jul 2008I really enjoyed this movie. The story line is not unique although the script is great. There are some genuine laugh out loud moments and also some quite moving moments. The movie is well acted and moves at a great pace. Give it a chance, you'll not regret it!!
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Dysfunctional family at its bestBy a customer from London, England , 21 May 2008Yes, it is an old movie and definitely a movie I would only recommend to the more mature generation, i.e. no teenagers, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you like Weeds, you'll love this dysfunctional lot. Femke is gorgeous and you can see where it is going at times but also a bit like ThirtySomethings. Give it a go and I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised.
DisappointingBy CHB (2 reviews) from York , 20 Feb 2008This film could have been so much better, given it's incredibly talented cast. There were several sensitive issues to be dealt with, including sexuality, suicide and death, but these were never explored with enough respect to earn the genre of 'black comedy'. Instead, the film consisted of crude innuendoes, playing on extremely old-fashioned stereotypes that were more offensive in their tactlessness, than funny. My least favourite of these was the storyline with the lesbian sister and her life partner vs. her brother and his two young sons who were eternally trying to see something sexy occur between the women. For me, this puts it with the kind of humour you'd expect from American Pie. If you're really into film, or black-comedy, then I think you will be extremely disappointed with this film.
AwfulBy ArcadianWench (3 reviews) from Liverpool , 23 Nov 2007The film was badly cast, with hammy acting (particularly from Ray Romano & Hank Azaria) and an awful script. I normally quite like Zooey Deschanel. I think I might have permanently turned against her after this. Oh dear.