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In the Family uses one couple's tragedy to examine the legal meaning of parenthood - and make a persuasive argument for a more inclusive approach to family law. Read critic reviews

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After his partner dies in a car accident, a gay man (Patrick Wang) must fight for custody of the boy (Sebastian Brodziak) he's come to love as his own son.

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Patrick Wang
Joey Williams
Lisa Altomare
Betsy
Conan McCarty
Ed
Georgie DeNoto
Dennis
Patrick Wang
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Critic Reviews for In the Family

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (28) | 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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • 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 | Rating: 5/5
  • 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 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This deeply humanistic, profoundly touching work representing independent cinema at its finest should be seen by far wider audiences.

    May 5, 2012 | Full Review…

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  • Apr 06, 2014
    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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