Reuniting The Rubins (2012)
Lenny Rubins, an up-tight lawyer, puts his dream retirement on hold when his ailing mother emotionally blackmails him into reuniting his estranged children for a Jewish holiday. They may be peas from the same pod, but in Lenny's eyes, his grown up children are certainly not from the same planet: a control-freak hard-nosed capitalist, an outspoken argumentative eco-warrior committed to the cause, an outer worldly Buddhist Monk; and to cap it all a bible bashing born-again Rabbi! They might not see eye to eye, but they are still family and it is going to take a whole lot of soul searching and sacrifice for all involved to come together in this heart warming, comic, family drama that will have you thinking of your own family with a smile. -- (C) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for Reuniting The Rubins
"Reuniting the Rubins" may walk like a comedy and quack like a comedy, but despite the absurd extremes to which it takes the squabbling-family formula, it inspires nary a chuckle.
A frantic, badly constructed, slightly offensive muddle that doesn't so much end as run out of things on a checklist.
The script includes little back story and lots of button-pushing shorthand, none of which feels genuine...
What happens when you put a rabbi, a Buddhist monk, a high-strung capitalist, and a lesbian humanitarian together in the same room? Not comedy, it turns out.
Yoav Factor can't decide whether he wants to play his broad scenario as an exaggerated farce or as a heartwarming testament to blood ties.
Reuniting the Rubins is harmless, unspectacular comedy, let down by a poor script and light-weight direction, which might have been more at home on a Sunday on ITV. It isn't the worst thing you'll see this year, but it will be difficult to remember.
An ensemble piece wobbling between undercooked drama and low-powered farce...
Most people would rather spend five years in a Hamas dungeon than endure their company.
There are some films so bad, they don't warrant a review. This is one of them.
It's a decent idea gone wrong for want of a better script and tighter direction.
Like a cheap, uninspired ITV bank holiday drama in which a decent cast is left stranded by a lousy script and lifeless direction.
A contrived script and clunky direction undermine this British film, which veers from silly comedy to harsh drama to dark tragedy.
The film has its moments, but the score is so achingly intrusive I felt I was suffering from Rubinoid arthritis.
Audience Reviews for Reuniting The Rubins
"A movie full of odd-ball characters who happen to be apart of a dysfunctional family. My favorite kind of families. But this one wasn't as out there or nearly as dramatic for my taste. I like these types of films to be more darker. But it was OK. Entertaining. I thought most of the acting was good. Some a little bit over the top. But the interesting part was how different Lenny's children turned out. One a budah, another a Rabbi, one a complete ass, and the other off changing the world. It was an odd mixture, but an interesting one none the less. Not something I would watch again, but nothing I regret seeing either."More
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