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The Family Tree (2011)

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Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 5

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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

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Drama, Comedy

Mark Lisson

Nov 22, 2011

$3.7k

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

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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"Mad Men" devotees may show up for Christina Hendricks, who plays Mulroney's buxom secretary. Quite the acting stretch.

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comment (1)
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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.

August 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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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.

August 25, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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[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.

August 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The Family Tree is a surprisingly funny dysfunctional family comedy that manages to entertain throughout.

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

...a misguided and thoroughly obnoxious piece of work that wears out its welcome almost immediately.

November 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

There are too many branches on this tree trying to give every unemployed actor in Hollywood a job.

August 30, 2011 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
jackiekcooper.com

So in the end what we are presented with is a mildly affable comedy of familial dysfunction that wants to chide the times for being both morally and emotionally obtuse. Instead, The Family Tree winds up being little more than a film uprooted.

August 30, 2011 Full Review Source: CultureCatch
CultureCatch

Another around-the-bend black comedy that doesn't work.

August 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The Family Tree is never willing to try and really understand its family, instead creating wall of surface-level quirks as shorthand for their personalities.

August 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Davis could play a role like Bunnie in her sleep, Mulroney often seems to be asleep and the rest of the overqualified supporting cast just appears relieved that their screentime is limited.

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

This black comedy about a dysfunctional family strikes out on all counts: originality, wit and viewer tolerance.

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Like the body of a peeping tom high school student that hangs hidden in the Burnett's tree for the duration of the film, the direction of the movie remains dangling over audiences.

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

Think Overboard with masturbating, asphyxiated teens, gun-toting/weed-smoking priests, lesbian high school teachers preying on her students, a parade of wasted talent, and Bow Wow.

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Here's a film that consists of a hodgepodge of blah. Too many subplots are crammed into this dramedy that leaves little for emotion or laughter.

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: BlackFilm.com
BlackFilm.com

fresh and engaging...and quite funny

August 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

There's not much dramatic glue here to huff, leaving The Family Tree satisfying on a technical level, with external developments more captivating than internal deliberation.

August 24, 2011 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

It has a terrific cast of actors doing committed work; it also has a screenplay that tries so hard to be quirky that it tires itself out.

August 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

The Burnett clan manages to encompass virtually every cliché of any dramedy made in the last decade that has garnered or hoped to garner Oscar buzz.

August 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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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."
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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.
December 31, 2011
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    1. Jack: You guys were out shooting again, weren't you?
    2. Reverend Diggs: Your boy has a God-given talent, Mr Burnett.
    3. 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 (18 months ago)
    1. Bunnie Burnett: What about our Marathon for Manic Depression
    2. Jack: Or Sculling for Scoliosis?
    3. Bunnie: Shut up, Jack!
    4. Jack: Roller blading for Rectal Itch? Luging for Lumbago?
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. Jack: I bet we're the first family ever to be fired by our therapist.
    – Submitted by Frances H (18 months ago)
    1. Bunnie: I think it shows a little too much nipple...
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Simon: Stop. Hammer time.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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