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Family Weekend (2013)

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30

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 7

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audience

57

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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When a 16-year-old girl becomes fed-up with her self-absorbed family's lack of attention and affection - she decides to take matters into her own hands - and take her parents hostage.(c) Official Site

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Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy

Apr 23, 2013

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Don't let the innocuous title fool you. Family Weekend is a subversive little comedy in which a tightly wound misfit of a teenage girl, fed up with watching her family spiral out of control, subjects her parents to an extreme intervention.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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The unconventional dysfunctional family has now become a Hollywood convention. It is familiar to a fault.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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For a long while, director Benjamin Epps goes for breakneck farce; at its best, this is a batty mixture of family-values editorial and teen spoof.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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We're sitting there, trapped. An angry little teenager's yelling at us. And we're not having any fun at all.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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The script, by Matt K. Turner, is loaded with contradictions, its hollow flirtation with subversion amount to airplane pablum.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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What keeps the film afloat is the buoyant young cast, with Rulin especially watchable as the tightly wound lead and Joey King as her younger sister, who's an aspiring actress.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Watching "Family Weekend" you feel as trapped as the tied-up parents, wondering, when will it all end?

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

A couple twists short of a good comedy; this film seems like more of a TV prime time test spin for the cast and crew than a fully developed film.

April 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

Family Weekend is just as simpy as its plot sounds, but under Alabama-born director Epps, making his feature directing debut, this comedy skips along on good intentions with actors who put more into the characters than they deserve.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL)
Daily Herald (IL)

An enjoyably leftfield oddball comedy.

April 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Anarchic, silly, witless, cartoonish and unsophisticated despite lively performances by the talented Olesya Rulin and Joey King.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Teen tries to repair dysfunctional family in so-so comedy.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

An appealing film about the rigors of parenting and misperception of what it takes to be a parent.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Feels longer than just two days

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

In need of a more judicious editor and a game plan to approach the steady erosion of marriage with a profound hit of honesty, not just a sitcom-style presentation of forced therapy.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

Who was "Family Weekend" made for? Beats the hell out of me.

March 27, 2013 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

Despite the occasional descent into clumsy farce, it largely succeeds in creating its own space and providing a pleasingly different teen perspective on life.

March 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for Family Weekend

Family Weekend was a film I decided to watch because I just wanted something to watch to pass the time. But even though it's pretty cheesy it still ended up making me laugh. It has a great variety of characters which made the family in the film one of the more interesting ones I have come across. Joey King was awesome in this. Her character has a love for movies and her character kept reenacting some pretty famous roles. It was a lot of fun to see such a young talent embody them. The movie isn't something I would have originally have ever chosen to watch, but it's not one I regret seeing.
June 23, 2013
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Wacky and fun, Family Weekend is an entertaining comedy with a bit of a dark edge. In a desperate attempt to save her family a 16-year-old high school girl kidnaps her parents in order to get them to realize how dysfunctional and out-of-touch they've become. Olesya Rulin gives an excellent performance and brings a lot charisma to the film. Additionally, Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Modine give strong supporting performances. And while it's not a straight dark comedy, the humor has a quirky tone that works very well. Delivering some good laughs, Family Weekend is an enjoyable screwball comedy.
March 31, 2014
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