In Our Nature (2012)



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When Brooklynite Seth (Zach Gilford) takes his girlfriend Andie (Jena Malone) to his family's weekend house in upstate New York for a romantic getaway, they are unexpectedly joined by his estranged father Gil (John Slattery), and his much-younger new girlfriend, Vicky (Gabrielle Union). The women carefully negotiate emotional minefields as they persuade father and son to share the house for the first time since the summer vacations of Seth's childhood. This unexpected family reunion in the great outdoors, fraught with tensions old and new, pushes them all to realize the bonds of family are always stronger and stranger than expected. -- (C) Cinedigm
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Jena Malone
as Andie
David Ilku
as Visiting Father
Lisa Velten Smith
as Visiting Mother
Lola Cook
as Little Girl
Hudson Price
as Little Boy
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Critic Reviews for In Our Nature

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (9)


Full Review… | December 10, 2012
Top Critic

Plays distressingly like a photographed off-Broadway drama.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

The confessions and conflicts that bubble up feel real and lived, if overly familiar to connoisseurs of that dreaded genre known as the dysfunctional-family drama.

December 6, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

This could be renamed "Mope-Faced Kingdom."

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
New York Daily News
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Beautifully observed characterizations and fine performances enliven this sometimes static drama about an unexpected family reunion.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
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In Our Nature lumbers a lot, especially early on, as Savelson introduces the cast and has Gilford and Slattery keep coming up with weak excuses to stall the movie's premise from kicking in.

Full Review… | December 5, 2012
AV Club
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Audience Reviews for In Our Nature


For an independent drama with only four characters set in the woods, the film flows nicely, allowing enough character development and spot on performances to allow for thorough engagement. Slattery defines a separated father, both tiptoeing around his son whom he hardly sees and taking out his aggravations, misplaced or not. His connection to the material is undeniable, bringing to life certain lines like "why can't you be happy for me" and a scene involving marijuana and Jena Malone. The only actor who lets his performance slide is Gilford, whose blank stares and quiet deliveries make for an uneven and almost stale exhibition. However, the ladies cover this up as best they can, with a more involved approach, stealing the show several times. Calm and quaint like the characters' surroundings, "In Our Nature" is a strong emotional drama exploring the differences and similarities between blossoming relationships in the era of divorce that we live in. There's no need for melodrama or heightened realities, no extremes or unexpected twists, just life, begging the question how much this relates to the director's life. Pleasant and never boring, Savelson sets the bar high for a follow-up.

Christopher Haskell
Christopher Haskell

Super Reviewer

Not the best dysfunctional film you'll ever see, but certainly not the worst either. I did enjoy the acting in this film and felt it was natural especially in the awkward moments. Although I wouldn't recommend anyone view it with elders. Conservatives either.. Although, with an open mind it could help one to realize the important things in life. No matter the issue, a lot of conflicts have little importance when it comes down to it. Especially family or more importantly love. Value can be found in this film.

Justin Franklin
Justin Franklin

Harry Chapin's "Cats in the Cradle" kept running through my head...all actors gave great performances and each were very believable. I really enjoyed the movie it does not get stuck in Hollywood's rather boring formulaic neat happy movie.

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