Dysfunktional Family

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Released 2003

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Director:
George Gallo
Released:
2003
Rating:
R
Comedian Eddie Griffin delivers a set of his outrageous standup comedy and introduces his fans to the family who helped inspire his work in this documentary. In DysFunKtional Family, Griffin talks about race, sex, cats, dogs, slavery, terrorism, Michael Jackson, and several of the more eccentric members of his family during a sold-out live show. In between bits, Griffin takes us on a tour of his home town of Kansas City, where we get to meet his mother, who has a remarkable enthusiasm for corporal punishment; his uncle, who discusses his remarkable enthusiasm for pornography; and another uncle, who proved to be an invaluable help to Griffin's early career despite his drug habit and career as a pimp. DysFunKtional Family was directed by George Gallo, who previously worked with Griffin on the comedy Double Take.

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    There is a blueprint here for what should be the next wave of comedy-concert movies, but the filmmaking team has only used part of it.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Some may be offended by Eddie Griffin's blunt language, yet they would find it hard to deny that he tells it like it is.

  • 40

    Variety Scott Foundas

    The attempt to draw certain connections between Griffin's material and its autobiographical origins feels slapped together, shortchanging both aspects of the film.

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    Arts, Comedy, Documentary, Music

    Themes

    abstinence, abrasive parent, annoying host, adoption