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½ April 23, 2011
An engaging, often hilarious family portrait that seamlessly blends reality and fiction.
½ September 17, 2009
Filmed like a documentary, but some decently-scripted performances are on display... if you can get past a lot of whining.
½ June 5, 2009
India from friend Andrew
September 3, 2008
These characters explode off the screen. There's a very blurry line between what's real and what's not and I enjoyed that. RIYL: Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm.
August 24, 2008
From my perspective, to become interested in the movie, you have to be interested in the characters... There was really nothing about the characters I wanted to become interested in...
½ August 11, 2008
Indie feature continually walks the line between poignant character study and obnoxious dysfunctional family comedy - with very mixed results. The performances by the non-actor cast bring a raw honesty of fully-realized characters that you see in very few other films. On the other hand, these characters - as real as they me be - are so annoying, their 90 minute road trip feels like hours of screeching and inane banter. Some of the twists in the loose plot and the broad characterization of the one of the sisters feels very contrived, and it's never really all that funny - but it's still almost worth watching for the naturalistic performances. The generic upbeat score seems out of place and ruins several scenes.
½ August 4, 2008
For his first film, Andrew Wagner takes the audacious step of casting his family in a movie about a cross-country trip from New York to Los Angeles. Though some of the twists and turns feel contrived (particularly in the scenes involving the director's sisters), Andrew's parents, particularly his father Allen, are disarmingly natural. The film centers on his parent's ailing relationship, and, fictional or not, they seem to be drawing from a genuine emotional reserve. What's fascinating here is that the participants know that the camera is rolling but have no real expectation that the footage will be seen by anyone; it's like a comedic "Capturing the Friedmans".
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