The Family Tree
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Life in suburban Serenity, Ohio is never quite as serene as it appears. The dysfunctional Burnett family - Bunnie (Hope Davis), Jack (Dermot Mulroney) and their twin 17 year olds Eric (Max Thieriot) and Kelly (Britt Robertson) - seems like a lost cause. When a freak accident leaves Bunnie with a case of amnesia, the Burnetts get an unexpected second chance at happiness. Meanwhile, next door neighbor Simon (Chi McBride) is relieved that his tryst gone wrong with Bunnie remains undetected, at least for the moment. Before long, a slew of past relationships, kids with guns, a suicidal teacher, a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 10%

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"To judge from the talent she drew for her shaky debut, Vivi Friedman must either be very well connected or an awfully smooth talker."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"The only reason I can think of to watch Vivi Friedman's flat, satirical farce "The Family Tree" - and it's not a good enough reason - is the opportunity to play a game of spot the semi-star."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"...a misguided and thoroughly obnoxious piece of work that wears out its welcome almost immediately."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Another around-the-bend black comedy that doesn't work."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"This black comedy about a dysfunctional family strikes out on all counts: originality, wit and viewer tolerance."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
""Mad Men" devotees may show up for Christina Hendricks, who plays Mulroney's buxom secretary. Quite the acting stretch."
‑ Sara Stewart, New York Post
"[It makes] a small case for not succumbing to nostalgic malaise -- too bad it's in a genre as played-out as [the] lead characters' passion."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"There are too many branches on this tree trying to give every unemployed actor in Hollywood a job."
‑ Jackie K. Cooper,
"The Family Tree is never willing to try and really understand its family, instead creating wall of surface-level quirks as shorthand for their personalities."
‑ Sean Gandert, Paste Magazine
"Like the body of a peeping tom high school student that hangs hidden in the Burnett's tree for the duration of the film, the direction of the movie remains dangling over audiences."
‑ Mark Peikert, New York Press
"Friedman's inability to successfully reconcile the film's duality undercuts an eclectic cast gamely committed to Mark Lisson's thematically ambitious, if scattered, script."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"The Family Tree is a surprisingly funny dysfunctional family comedy that manages to entertain throughout."
‑ Sean Kernan, We Got This Covered
"So in the end what we are presented with is a mildly affable comedy of familial dysfunction that wants to chide the times for being both morally and emotionally obtuse. Instead, The Family Tree winds up being little more than a film uprooted."
‑ Brandon Judell, CultureCatch
"Davis could play a role like Bunnie in her sleep, Mulroney often seems to be asleep and the rest of the overqualified supporting cast just appears relieved that their screentime is limited."
‑ Ethan Alter, Television Without Pity
"Think Overboard with masturbating, asphyxiated teens, gun-toting/weed-smoking priests, lesbian high school teachers preying on her students, a parade of wasted talent, and Bow Wow."
‑ Erik Childress,
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