Parents' Guide to

Family Tree

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Mockumentary comedy boasts subtle humor, strong language.

TV HBO Comedy 2013
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There's a reason Christopher Guest is best known for his trademark "mockumentary" comedies and not necessarily for his own acting in other people's projects. (Fun fact: Did you know that he was the six-fingered man in The Princess Bride?) The main reason is that he pioneered the genre with his seminal rock-doc This Is Spinal Tap, which would inspire generations of writers and directors and ultimately spawn the likes of The Office and Parks and Recreation. But the other reason is, he's great at it.

Family Tree marks Guest's first foray into small-screen comedy, and he's delivered all the goods we've come to expect from his subtly hilarious feature films (including many of his go-to improv actors, from McKean and Ed Begely Jr. to Bob Balaban and Fred Willard). But with the addition of Bridesmaids' O'Dowd as the likable everyman lead, we also get a fresh face we don't mind following along a rambling trek through England that ultimately leads to America -- and a lot of laughs.

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