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The Family Tree (2011)



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Life in suburban Serenity, Ohio is never quite as serene as it appears. The dysfunctional Burnett family - Bunnie (Hope Davis), Jack (Dermot Mulroney) and their twin 17 year olds Eric (Max Thieriot) and Kelly (Britt Robertson) - seems like a lost cause. When a freak accident leaves Bunnie with a case of amnesia, the Burnetts get an unexpected second chance at happiness. Meanwhile, next door neighbor Simon (Chi McBride) is relieved that his tryst gone wrong with Bunnie remains undetected, at least for the moment. Before long, a slew of past relationships, kids with guns, a suicidal teacher, a very zealous religious club, misinterpreted advances, corporate down-sizing, and one fateful squirrel combine to create enough mayhem to test the resolve, sanity and future of any family! -- (C) Entertainment One US

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Dermot Mulroney
as Jack Burnett
Hope Davis
as Bunnie Burnett
Chi McBride
as Simon Krebbs
Britt Robertson
as Kelly Burnett
Selma Blair
as Ms. Delbo
Keith Carradine
as Reverend Diggs
Bow Wow
as T-Boy
Gabrielle Anwar
as Nina Fouts
Evan Ross
as Josh Krebbs
Steven Grayhm
as Andy Porter
Newell Alexander
as Dr. Lieberman
Eddie Hassell
as Ricky Johnson
Pamela Shaw
as Vice Principal Carnes
Jack Kyle
as Police Officer #1
Mac Brandt
as Young Police Officer
Adrian Alvarado
as Uniformed Cop
Peggy Etra
as Eunice
Ally Maki
as Shauna
Colby French
as Coach Sutton
Christopher Bradley
as Bobby Overmeir
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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

"Mad Men" devotees may show up for Christina Hendricks, who plays Mulroney's buxom secretary. Quite the acting stretch.

August 26, 2011 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
New York Post
Top Critic

Friedman's inability to successfully reconcile the film's duality undercuts an eclectic cast gamely committed to Mark Lisson's thematically ambitious, if scattered, script.

August 25, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The only reason I can think of to watch Vivi Friedman's flat, satirical farce "The Family Tree" - and it's not a good enough reason - is the opportunity to play a game of spot the semi-star.

August 25, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
New York Times
Top Critic

[It makes] a small case for not succumbing to nostalgic malaise -- too bad it's in a genre as played-out as [the] lead characters' passion.

August 23, 2011 | Full Review…
Village Voice
Top Critic

The Burnett clan manages to encompass virtually every cliché of any dramedy made in the last decade that has garnered or hoped to garner Oscar buzz.

August 22, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
Slant Magazine
Top Critic

The Family Tree is a surprisingly funny dysfunctional family comedy that manages to entertain throughout.

March 1, 2013 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
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Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Hope Davis, Chi McBride, Max Thieriot, Brittany Robertson, Selma Blair, Keith Carradine, Bow Wow, Madeline Zima, Christina Hendricks, Jane Seymour Director: Vivi Friedman Summary: Finnish director Vivi Friedman makes her feature-film debut with this dark comedy about wife and mother Bunnie Burnett, who loses her memory and conveniently forgets all of her problems -- including her interracial affair with a neighbor. My Thoughts: "This movie is pure chaotic fun. It's silly, insane, and funny. You can not take this film seriously. I mean the preacher is a gun-slinging pothead. The film in throwing up dysfunctional all over the place. So of course I loved it. The characters are a lot of fun. Definitely worth taking a look at if you like dark, dysfuctional, and quirky films."


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This film reminded me on my high-school days when we were looking for crazy and shallow movies with lots of funny situations in impossible surrounding... and they will still remind us on someone while raising a middle finger to all the "traditional values" which everyone is preaching... The dysfunctional Burnett family - Bunnie, Jack and their twin 17 year olds Eric and Kelly - were perfect set up for that type of movies... especially when a freak accident leaves Bunnie with a case of amnesia! There are all kinds of twists in this comedy in which Burnetts get an unexpected second chance at happiness. We have a slew of past relationships, kids with guns, a suicidal lesbian teacher, a very zealous gun loving preacher, misinterpreted advances, corporate down-sizing, and one fateful squirrel... they together create enough mayhem to test the resolve, sanity and future of any family, and make you laugh - at least a little bit! Cast includes Hope Davis (Bunnie Burnett), Dermot Mulroney (Jack Burnett), Max Thieriot (Eric Burnett), Britt Robertson (Kelly Burnett), Chi McBride (Simon Krebs), Evan Ross (Josh Krebs), Keith Carradine (Reverend Diggs), Madeline Zima (Mitzy Steinbacher) but most of the time they could not show what are they capable of under the director Vivi Friedman's leadership.

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