The Talent Given Us

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The Talent Given Us is an odd hybrid of reality and fiction, but works due to its engaging characters.

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Filmmaker Andrew Wagner cast his own mother, father and sisters to portray themselves in this film, which is partially based on their own experiences. Elderly New Yorkers Judy and Allen Wagner wish they were closer to their son, Andrew, who is currently trying to make his mark in Hollywood. The couple drag their adult daughters, Maggie and Emily, along with them on an odyssey across the United States to reunite with Andrew. Along the way, the family's regrets and secrets begin to surface.

Cast & Crew

Tom Hines
Associate Producer
David Dyas
Original Music
Andrew Wagner
Cinematographer
Terri Breed
Film Editor
Richard K. Allen
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
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Critic Reviews for The Talent Given Us

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (21)

  • Faux documentary, home movie or unexpurgated family therapy? The Talent Given Us, a funny, surprising ride with a mercurial New York clan, is all three.

    October 13, 2005 | Full Review…

    Damon Smith

    Time Out
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  • [A] one-of-a-kind movie that sends the family road-trip genre happily spinning into these self-obsessed, overanalytical times; it's National Lampoon's Vacation as re-imagined by Dr. Phil.

    October 13, 2005 | Rating: B+
  • The notion that there is no escape from one's family is elevated-and ameliorated-by the inkling that the Wagners' story is, in fact, real.

    October 13, 2005

    Shauna Lyon

    New Yorker
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  • Ultimately, the movie isn't as strong as the idea behind the movie, or the people inside that idea.

    October 7, 2005 | Rating: C+

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • What initially seems hard to watch, even excruciating at times, becomes hard not to, a fascinating fiction that seems to be more real than just about any actual documentary you can imagine.

    October 7, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • If you enjoy HBO's cult hit Curb Your Enthusiasm, you're almost guaranteed to enjoy this bawdy, heartbreaking, deeply discomfiting mockumentary.

    September 29, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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