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Three generations of males -- grandfather Mitch Gromberg (Kirk Douglas), son Alex (Michael Douglas) and grandson Asher (Cameron Douglas) -- try to chart their way through personal upheavals and come together after Mitch suffers a stroke. Alex, a womanizer going through a midlife crisis and fearing he's become like his neglectful father, attempts to save Asher from a life of drugs. None of them wanted to turn into their fathers, but it'll take a lot more than wishes to heal the damage done.

Cast & Crew

Michael Douglas
Alex Gromberg
Kirk Douglas
Mitchell Gromberg
Rory Culkin
Eli Gromberg
Cameron Douglas
Asher Gromberg
Diana Douglas
Evelyn Gromberg
Bernadette Peters
Rebecca Gromberg
Mark Hammer
Stephen Gromberg
Audra McDonald
Sarah Langley
Michael Douglas
Executive Producer
Kerry Orent
Executive Producer
Fred Schepisi
Executive Producer
Marcy Drogin
Co-Producer
Joel Douglas
Associate Producer
Ian Baker
Director of Photography
Patrizia von Brandenstein
Production Designer
Kate Williams
Film Editor
Ellen Mirojnick
Costume Designer
J. John Corbett
Visual Effects
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Critic Reviews for It Runs in the Family

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  • Sep 01, 2009
    Cast: Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Bernadette Peters, Rory Culkin, Cameron Douglas, Diana Darrid Douglas, Michelle Monaghan, Geoffrey Arend, Sarita Choudhury, Irene Gorovaia, Audra McDonald, Annie Golden, Josh Pais Director: Fred Schepisi Summary: The Gromberg family is one of the most powerful families in New York City -- but hidden beneath a veneer of perfection is a wealth of dysfunction. Three generations of Douglas thespians star in this touching drama about the ties that bind. My Thoughts: "Although it was nice to see three generations on the screen thogether, the film wasn't that great. It had some funny moments here and there but not the comedy I thought it was going to be. It was more of a drama. A lot of father and son issues going on in this film that I am sure some will be able to relate to. The acting was good and it's unfortunate Cameron Douglas is in the position he is cause I think he could have easily followed in his grandfather and father's footsteps in the film industry. I thought he did good in the movie. I liked his character, he was fun. Perhaps the film is more fact then fiction. Either way it wasn't great but I enjoyed it."
  • Oct 25, 2008
    Not really very original and pretty dull in parts.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Sep 26, 2007
    A scattershot mess whose only interest is the casting of three generations of Douglases in the main roles.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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