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A Family Thing (1996)

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83

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

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In this family drama, a white Southerner discovers that his family history isn't what he thought it was -- with the fact that he's half-black only one of his many surprises. Earl Pilcher, Jr. (Robert Duvall) runs a gas station in Arkansas; he's a typical middle-aged Southern man who likes his pickup truck and loves his momma. Shortly after his mother's death, he receives some very unexpected news; she wasn't really his mother after all. It seems that years ago, Earl Sr. (James N. Harrell) raped

PG-13,

Drama

May 8, 2001

MGM Home Entertainment

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (6)

It's likely to be overrated by some and underrated by others, and both contingents will be wrong. One can't, however, overrate the performances, with auntie ruling the roost in more ways than one.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Underrated family drama; Duvall and Jones are terrific

August 17, 2006
Atlantic City Weekly

A just-OK teaming of two major talents

August 4, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

Uplifting film that celebrates the ties that link people together despite vast differences.

August 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Restrained, thoughtful, and ultimately very successful.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A poignant and beautifully life affirming film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Great movie.
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