It Runs in the Family (2003)



Critic Consensus: Despite its gimmick casting, the movie ultimately goes nowhere.

Movie Info

A family takes on the difficult task of learning how to get along with one another in this emotional comedy drama. Alex Gromberg (Michael Douglas) is a middle-aged man who feels caught in the middle of his familial obligations as he muddles he way through a midlife crisis. While a successful businessman, Alex sometimes still feels as if he's under the shadow of his father, Mitchell Gromberg (Kirk Douglas), a successful attorney whose skills in the courtroom outstripped his gifts as a parent. … More

Rating: PG-13 (for drug content, sexual material and laguage)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jesse Wigutow
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 21, 2003
Box Office: $7.4M
MGM/UA - Official Site


as Alex Gromberg

as Mitchell Gromberg

as Asher Gromberg

as Evelyn Gromberg

as Eli Gromberg

as Rebecca Gromberg

as Stephen Gromberg

as Peg Maloney

as Abby Staley

as Sarah Langley

as Barney

as Officer McDonough

as Professor Edwards

as Rosario

as Dr. Kaplan

as Homeless Man

as Homeless Woman

as Mitchell's Doorman

as Skateboarder

as Skateboarder

as Skateboarder

as Italian Waiter

as Male Nurse

as Officer Bane

as Officer Samms

as Principal

as Jogger

as Young Jogger

as Young Jogger

as Jim Lindsay

as Skateboarder

as Skateboarder
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Critic Reviews for It Runs in the Family

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (34)

A funny, articulate, imperfect, sometimes messy, often infuriatingly sentimental, but always caring and spirited movie.

May 1, 2003
New York Observer
Top Critic

Goes easy on the schmaltz, and the catastrophes have the puncturing feel of real life.

Full Review… | April 29, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

A lot of things, we see coming about three scenes in advance ... But, the three generations of Douglas' in particular, that's why I'm recommending this film.

Full Review… | April 28, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Disappointing story of a dysfunctional family.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Even though it flaunts its wealth, It Runs in the Family is a worthy tribute to all things Douglas.

Full Review… | July 7, 2004
Apollo Guide

Like those family albums you take out of the drawer every so often...a collection of fairly bland scenes that mean a lot more to the people in the picture than anyone else.

December 1, 2003
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Audience Reviews for It Runs in the Family

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."


Super Reviewer

Not really very original and pretty dull in parts.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

Simply beautiful!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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