A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Teamwork and the importance of being surrounded by people who support and understand you. Integrity and compassion, remaining faithful to what you believe in while understanding why others might not always agree with you.
Positive Role Models
Leo shows great compassion and integrity as he tries to keep his family together while trying to lead them into the future. Clara shows the importance of teamwork as she tries to bring her partner's family together and bond with them. Benny shows resilience as he tries to make sense of his place in the family despite his differences.
Most of the cast is Mexican and the film highlights varying ages, body sizes, and types. An Indigenous woman and a Black woman play maids but are given agency and their importance in the family structure is highlighted. Women are shown as intelligent, determined, and able to exert power when needed. There are also female queer characters, one of whom is a single mother. Men have conversations about the need to challenge gender norms and defy what is expected of men. Benny is neurodivergent and treated with dignity and respect.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A clothed couple lie in bed together. Several couples kiss. A couple gets engaged.
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"F--k," "f--king," "f--ked," "s--t," "s--thead," "s---ty," "bulls--t," "p---y," "ass," "slut," "d--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking during meals, characters smoke cigarettes, characters share a marijuana cigarette.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Familia is a drama with comedic undertones. Clothed couples share kisses, one of them in bed, but nothing graphic is shown. Strong language includes "f--k" and "s--t" in various iterations, as well as "d--k," "p---y," and "ass." Characters drink and smoke cigarettes, and three characters share a marijuana cigarette. The film highlights a predominantly Mexican ensemble, mostly comprised of women, of a wide range of ages, body sizes, and types. Black and Indigenous characters are portrayed with respect and given their rightful place in the family structure, despite being servants. Women are shown as intelligent, determined, and able to exert power when needed. There are also female queer characters, one of whom is a single mother. Men have conversations about the need to challenge gender norms and defy what is expected of men. Benny is neurodivergent and treated with dignity and respect. Positive messages include teamwork, compassion, and resilience. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Fiction has taught us that nothing entirely good will happen when families gather over languorous meals to discuss their future. The clan at the center of Rodrigo García's Familia is no different. Even making their way to the family country home where they have spent some of their happiest times together, the now-adult children argue and bicker over what their dad Leo has to say to them. Will he try to sell their beloved house? Is he planning to marry his younger girlfriend, Clara (Maribel Verdu)? Gathering in the kitchen (García's lovely film is centered around food and the breaking of bread as an act of love), they begin to lower their defenses, creating a path for a film that might not be saying anything new but is doing so thoughtfully.
García beautifully directs an ensemble of various ages and cultural backgrounds, allowing every character to make a mark and allow us into their worldview. Some younger audience members might not be captivated by the pace and dialogue-heavy nature of the film, but teenagers will most likely find much to think about from the dynamics observed.
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