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The Family Tree (2011)

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A mother and wife stricken with memory loss allows a dysfunctional family a second chance at harmony and happiness.

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Mark Lisson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachael Leigh Cook ... Rachel Levy
Hope Davis ... Bunnie Burnett
Dermot Mulroney ... Jack Burnett
Max Thieriot ... Eric Burnett
Britt Robertson ... Kelly Burnett
Christopher Bradley Christopher Bradley ... Bobby Overmier
Chi McBride ... Simon Krebs
Christina Hendricks ... Alicia Bouche
Gabrielle Anwar ... Nina Fouts
Keith Carradine ... Reverend Diggs
Newell Alexander ... Dr. Lieberman
Evan Ross ... Josh Krebs
Mac Brandt ... Young Police Officer
Jermaine Williams ... Trey
Shad Moss ... T-Boy (as Shad Moss a/k/a Bow Wow)
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Storyline

The Burnetts are dysfunctional. Jack and Bunnie barely speak, he fantasizes about women at work, she's having an affair with a neighbor and possibly others. Daughter Kelly is foul-mouthed; their son Eric is a militant Christian and an excellent shot. Bunnie's rich mom tries to control things. While a dead peeping Tom hangs undiscovered in a tree outside their bedroom window, Bunnie sustains a head injury and wakes up unable to remember anything after the first days of their marriage. Her newlywed sweetness infuses the family as Jack sorts through issues at work, Eric discovers flaws in his Christian posse, and Kelly makes friends with a lesbian classmate. Can this change of personality last? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, pervasive language, drug use and some violence | See all certifications »

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Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Driving Lessons See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,658, 28 August 2011

Gross USA:

$6,035

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,035
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Goofs

When Ms. Delbo is discussing Benedict Arnold the misspelled word "suprise" is written on the blackboard behind her in two shots but in the the third shot the spelling has been hastily and sloppily corrected. See more »

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Written by Kari Kimmel, Joe Corcoran and Fiona Brawley
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A very funny dark comedy about a very dysfunctional family that will make yours seem normal. Very much worth watching. I say B
21 November 2011 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"I bet we're the first family ever to be fired by their therapist" After the mother (Davis) of a severely dysfunctional family has an accident and hits her head she wakes up with memory loss. She learns what she was like and what her family life was like and the entire family gets a chance to change. This is very very funny dark comedy. By very dark I mean it opens with someone accidentally hanging himself spying on the mother in bed. From there it gets darker and more and more strange. For those that like edgy humor seen in "Death To Smoochy" or newer movies like "Peep World" and "Super" then this one is for you. If you are easily offended I would stay away from this one. I however thought it was very funny. The only problem was that it got a little repetitive toward the end. Overall, a very funny movie that is not for everyone. I give it a B.

*Also try - Peep World


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