its more than just a family comedy. personally i liked it ( 7/10 ) . its underrated imo.
Wacky and fun, Family Weekend is an entertaining comedy with a bit of a dark edge. In a desperate attempt to save her family a 16-year-old high school girl kidnaps her parents in order to get them to realize how dysfunctional and out-of-touch they’ve become. Olesya Rulin gives an excellent performance and brings a lot charisma to the film, and Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Modine also give strong supporting performances. And while it’s not a straight dark comedy, the humor has a quirky tone that works very well. Delivering some good laughs, Family Weekend is an enjoyable screwball comedy.
Family comedies are few of the good ones left. Most of comedy movies in this decade are cheap and crappy. This movie is bold and don't ever compromise its likelihood. Of course, if the "incident" was real, it would be exploited by media parasites and the end would be very different. This is an extreme criticism of family nowadays. First of all, I love how the woman provides for the family while the father smokes pot and gets himself into his "membrane" where no one else can come in. They eat vegetarian food and pray for Shiva before dinner. It could be coolest house ever. But the parents live worlds away. As the father received a negative review, he would never sell a painting again. Mother gets the only one responsible by keeping their way of life. And what happens to the four kids? The eldest boy tries desperately to get the father's attention. He's also and artist, but more like concept videos and movies than paintings. The youngest boy gets no attention at all. He spends the day watching stuff about animals, sleeps in a tent and has like a super memory that everyone thinks it's a phase. No one really seems to care. The young girl, a cult movies lover, is familiar with sex and violence and plays tons of roles like prostitutes and mobsters. I actually don't think she was hypersexualized, but it seems to be a criticism because she's supposed to be nine years old while the actress, by the time of the movie, was fourteen. And Olesya Rulin, who plays the main role, is supposed to like sixteen years old being twenty-seven. I hate this stuff, but, anyway, I really enjoyed the movie. She's the only one trying to make that bunch of strangers living under the same ceiling a cohesive mass called family. And her methods are really surprising, since she's that calm nerdy teenager who doesn't even curse. It's original and unconventional. And as her hiding gets more complicated, we wonder what happens next. It's really funny and smart. I ask myself if in USA all parents are that permissive or if it's only a Hollywood thing. It has several emotional moments, like the puppet conversation and the Miss-Sunshine-run to her competition, parallel set by the movie itself.
This was pretty cheesy and very unrealistic (especially the lame ending).
The movie is very steril/clean. I don't know how to explain it but something was wrong while watching this.
Anyway. You get few laughs when watching this movie, no big surprises. And you already know how the end is going to be, when you watch the first 15 minutes. What I am writing. After the first 5 minutes. ^^
If you got nothing else to do on an evening, and playin' some games with your smart phone when watching its, its okay to do so. But after watching 1 time, I already deleted this movie from my library.