Parents' Guide to

The Price of Family

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Language, drinking, iffy behavior in Italian family comedy.

Movie NR 2023 90 minutes
The Price of Family: Poster shows the family of four.

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This uneven concept comedy has highs and lows, but there are enough laughable moments and relatable themes to make it an entertaining watch. The highs in The Price of Family (an equally punny title as the Italian original, which translates roughly to "Christmas at All Costs") come at the hands of veteran actors De Sica and Finocchiaro. Their increasingly ridiculous antics as Mom and Dad, and his eye-rolling resignation at his fate, bring the laughs.

Price is like Schitt's Creek in reverse, where the ruse of inheriting wealth rather than losing it brings a family closer together. Only, in establishing the themes of loving your family regardless of personal gain and the ways money can complicate relationships, Price sometimes pushes its characters too far. We want to empathize and chuckle, not feel shame or antipathy. In Schitt's, the characters all have undeniably good hearts; sometimes you wonder about the family members in this film. Fortunately, the ending brings them all back into line and caring about what really matters.

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