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It Runs in the Family

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Disappointing story of a dysfunctional family.

Movie PG-13 2003 109 minutes
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You keep hoping for this movie to be better than it is. But it never is. The main reason I wanted this to work was the story behind the movie. Along with Oscar-winning father and son, the cast also includes Michael's son Cameron and Michael's mom (and ex-wife of Kirk) Diana Douglas, playing the mother/grandmother. But the script is terribly weak, with the requisite ingredients for a family story and then it keeps going off in too many different directions including a do-it-yourself Viking funeral that is completely batty.

Michael Douglas is clearly enjoying himself, and brings a great warmth to his performance. His son Cameron cannot act and has little star quality, but may get better with more experience. The real star of the movie is Michael's on and off-screen mother, Diana, who brings a marvelous elegance and humor to her role. When she dances with her husband, there is real history between them, magnificently so.

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