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A Vampire in the Family

By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Shallow vampire comedy has little bite; violence.

Movie NR 2023 89 minutes
A Vampire in the Family movie poster: Brazilian vampire man smiles standing behind Brazilian man in front of night sky with bats in front of moon

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This comedy has its heart in the right place, but its silly tone, over-the-top performances, and unrealistic action prevent it from being enjoyable. Most likely, viewers' reaction to main character, Fernandinho, will dictate whether A Vampire in the Family is a fun watch or not, especially because Fernandinho is in almost every scene of the movie. Leandro Hassum's portrayal of the hapless father will either annoy or please, as he's almost constantly energetic, fast-talking, and silly. For fans of Hassum, his depiction here is no surprise, so it isn't unexpected what is on offer here. But for others, Hassum's Fernandinho might be too ridiculous or annoying.

Much of the humor comes from him being embarrassed, rejected, insulted, ignored, or demeaned by those around him, his colleagues, his children, and his wife, primarily. The rest of the humor largely relies on slapstick action, mistakes, plans gone awry, and Fernandinho running around being scared and screaming at the top of his lungs in a high-pitched wail.

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