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In the Family (2012)

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Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 1

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In the town of Martin, Tennessee, Chip Hines, a precocious six year old, has only known life with his two dads, Cody and Joey. And a good life it is. When Cody dies suddenly in a car accident, Joey and Chip struggle to find their footing again. Just as they begin to, Cody's will reveals that he named his sister as Chip's guardian. The years of Joey's acceptance into the family unravel as Chip is taken away from him. In his now solitary home life, Joey searches for a solution. The law is not on

Unrated,

Drama

Patrick Wang, Trevor St. John, Sebastian Banes

Jun 25, 2013

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (1)

To see it is to sit there for long stretches amazed at how clumsy, fake and misguided it is. But then, five minutes later you might easily be riveted and moved by its awkward brilliance.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Trevor St. John is cute and broody-mouthed as the deceased lover; Wang, the movie's writer-director, is touchingly, disarmingly open; and the kid, Sebastian Banes, is adorable.

November 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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No doubt you've noticed the nearly three-hour runtime, but please don't let that dissuade you: Every moment counts in this gripping tale ...

November 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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As Wang holds us in rapt attention, not only with his steady pacing, but with the hard realism of the screenplay, the characters retain a coldness that never breaks.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Wang chooses gentle storytelling as a tool of persuasion rather than soap-box hectoring to make his point: that love - in all its forms - can transcend the greatest obstacles.

May 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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This deeply humanistic, profoundly touching work representing independent cinema at its finest should be seen by far wider audiences.

May 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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On paper, In the Family is an 'issue movie'...But in practice, it's a made-to-scale love story and a thoughtful family drama. In other words, it's a true rarity of contemporary cinema. [Blu-ray]

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

an amazing piece of work, a quiet, introspective indie film that will have you rethinking everything

July 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Racket
Film Racket

(Writer-director Patrick) Wang's deliberate, naturalistic style proves to be both a strength and a weakness. In the final analysis, the overall timeliness of Wang's storyline as well as the film's lack of sentimentality is of considerable value.

November 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

Despite its length and deliberate pacing, this is a film that is cathartic like no other film I have seen in a long time. An eloquent but non-propagandistic plea for gay rights.

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Will remind viewers of the emotional tugs of a KRAMER VS. KRAMER.

November 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews
Mark Leeper's Reviews

Wang's unforced, contemplative approach seems like the perfect way to underline his message.

July 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Knight at the Movies
Knight at the Movies

In the Family says very little and moves hardly at all, but it captures invisible rhythms in our lives as human beings that very few American movies ever get close to.

July 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

More than just a carefully-crafted exercise in naturalism and restraint - Family is a beautiful, bold, and staggeringly moving film.

June 22, 2012 Full Review Source: AfterElton.com
AfterElton.com

Between the slow unfolding and the understated performances, experiencing this film is like being briefly dropped into someone else's life. In a good way.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

The fact that the film paints Joey as such a resolutely good guy throughout robs it of a certain dramatic complexity.

November 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

An acutely felt, altogether devastating family drama as intimate and affecting as it is sprawling and untamed.

November 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for In the Family

The potential for over-the-top, weepy melodrama with this kind of material is obvious, but Patrick Wang opts for quiet realism. While the film sidesteps nearly all of the "movie-of the week" cliches, the glacial pace could be difficult for some people to endure (nearly three hours worth of this story probably isn't necessary), fortunately Wang makes the important moments count, so if you are patient "In the Family" is quite rewarding. Another thing that helps distinguish this film is its subtle demonstration of "Bourgeois Homophobia" (The kind of passive aggressive discrimination that's becoming more common in America than the violent hatred of old) and how perhaps the best response to it isn't righteous anger or protest . . . but rather impassioned, mature discussion and forgiveness.
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