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The Family Tree (2011)



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Life in suburban Serenity, Ohio is never quite as serene as it appears. The dysfunctional Burnett family - Bunnie (Hope Davis), Jack (Dermot Mulroney) and their twin 17 year olds Eric (Max Thieriot) and Kelly (Britt Robertson) - seems like a lost cause. When a freak accident leaves Bunnie with a case of amnesia, the Burnetts get an unexpected second chance at happiness. Meanwhile, next door neighbor Simon (Chi McBride) is relieved that his tryst gone wrong with Bunnie remains undetected, at least for the moment. Before long, a slew of past relationships, kids with guns, a suicidal teacher, a very zealous religious club, misinterpreted advances, corporate down-sizing, and one fateful squirrel combine to create enough mayhem to test the resolve, sanity and future of any family! -- (C) Entertainment One USmore
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Lisson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 22, 2011
Entertainment One U.S. - Official Site


Dermot Mulroney
as Jack Burnett
Hope Davis
as Bunnie Burnett
Chi McBride
as Simon Krebbs
Max Thieriot
as Eric Burnett
Britt Robertson
as Kelly Burnett
Selma Blair
as Ms. Delbo
Keith Carradine
as Reverend Diggs
Bow Wow
as T-Boy
Gabrielle Anwar
as Nina Fouts
Evan Ross
as Josh Krebbs
Steven Grayhm
as Andy Porter
Newell Alexander
as Dr. Lieberman
Eddie Hassell
as Ricky Johnson
Pamela Shaw
as Vice Principal Carne...
Jack Kyle
as Police Officer #1
Mac Brandt
as Young Police Officer
Adrian Alvarado
as Uniformed Cop
Peggy Etra
as Eunice
Ally Maki
as Shauna
Colby French
as Coach Sutton
Christopher Bradley
as Bobby Overmeir
Shad Moss
as T-Boy
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Critic Reviews for The Family Tree

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

To judge from the talent she drew for her shaky debut, Vivi Friedman must either be very well connected or an awfully smooth talker.

Full Review… | August 26, 2011
New York Daily News
Top Critic

"Mad Men" devotees may show up for Christina Hendricks, who plays Mulroney's buxom secretary. Quite the acting stretch.

Full Review… | August 26, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

Friedman's inability to successfully reconcile the film's duality undercuts an eclectic cast gamely committed to Mark Lisson's thematically ambitious, if scattered, script.

Full Review… | August 25, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The only reason I can think of to watch Vivi Friedman's flat, satirical farce "The Family Tree" - and it's not a good enough reason - is the opportunity to play a game of spot the semi-star.

Full Review… | August 25, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

[It makes] a small case for not succumbing to nostalgic malaise -- too bad it's in a genre as played-out as [the] lead characters' passion.

Full Review… | August 23, 2011
Village Voice
Top Critic

The Family Tree is a surprisingly funny dysfunctional family comedy that manages to entertain throughout.

Full Review… | March 1, 2013
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Audience Reviews for The Family Tree

Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Hope Davis, Chi McBride, Max Thieriot, Brittany Robertson, Selma Blair, Keith Carradine, Bow Wow, Madeline Zima, Christina Hendricks, Jane Seymour

Director: Vivi Friedman

Summary: Finnish director Vivi Friedman makes her feature-film debut with this dark comedy about wife and mother Bunnie Burnett, who loses her memory and conveniently forgets all of her problems -- including her interracial affair with a neighbor.

My Thoughts: "This movie is pure chaotic fun. It's silly, insane, and funny. You can not take this film seriously. I mean the preacher is a gun-slinging pothead. The film in throwing up dysfunctional all over the place. So of course I loved it. The characters are a lot of fun. Definitely worth taking a look at if you like dark, dysfuctional, and quirky films."


Super Reviewer

This film reminded me on my high-school days when we were looking for crazy and shallow movies with lots of funny situations in impossible surrounding... and they will still remind us on someone while raising a middle finger to all the "traditional values" which everyone is preaching...

The dysfunctional Burnett family - Bunnie, Jack and their twin 17 year olds Eric and Kelly - were perfect set up for that type of movies... especially when a freak accident leaves Bunnie with a case of amnesia! There are all kinds of twists in this comedy in which Burnetts get an unexpected second chance at happiness. We have a slew of past relationships, kids with guns, a suicidal lesbian teacher, a very zealous gun loving preacher, misinterpreted advances, corporate down-sizing, and one fateful squirrel... they together create enough mayhem to test the resolve, sanity and future of any family, and make you laugh - at least a little bit!
Cast includes Hope Davis (Bunnie Burnett), Dermot Mulroney (Jack Burnett), Max Thieriot (Eric Burnett), Britt Robertson (Kelly Burnett), Chi McBride (Simon Krebs), Evan Ross (Josh Krebs), Keith Carradine (Reverend Diggs), Madeline Zima (Mitzy Steinbacher) but most of the time they could not show what are they capable of under the director Vivi Friedman's leadership.

Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

The Family Tree is a movie that is such a formulaic crapfest it doesn't even deserve for me to take time out of my schedule to write-up this review of it as I already WASTED an hour and a half of my time trying to appreciate some aspect of it (Christina Hendricks is in it for all of 3 minutes in the first twelve and gone for the remainder). I couldn't find anything else here ... and I rarely say I "wasted" my time when talking about movies (I willingly watched the sequel to Garfield to review it for friends and family); but this IS time wasted. The movie takes so many swipes and swings at many hot-button topics (religion, sexuality, adultery and marriage) that it is all muddled and ridiculous. So much is thrown at this family of wretched individuals that the audience cannot even keep all of the stupid storylines straight -- none of it is reasonable or plausible. This might be one for those who want to "go back" to a nostalgic past of glory ... and this movie is everything that is wrong with that mindset.

The Family Tree Quotes

Jack: You guys were out shooting again, weren't you?
Reverend Diggs: Your boy has a God-given talent, Mr Burnett.
Jack: For what? Killing and maiming? Eric, you're weird enough as it is, without being some kind of a gun nut to top it off!
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Bunnie Burnett: What about our Marathon for Manic Depression
Jack: Or Sculling for Scoliosis?
Bunnie: Shut up, Jack!
Jack: Roller blading for Rectal Itch? Luging for Lumbago?
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Jack: I bet we're the first family ever to be fired by our therapist.
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Bunnie: I think it shows a little too much nipple...
– Submitted by Chris P (4 years ago)

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