It Runs In The Family

MGM Released 2003


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Fred Schepisi
It Runs In The Family is a funny and honest look at the push-and-pull of father and son dynamics through three generations. This 2003 family drama benefits from the casting of Hollywood's own Douglas dynasty in the primary roles, as the plot parallels some of the real-life relationships of the famous family. Although middle-aged and successful, Alex Gromberg (Michael Douglas) still finds himself in the shadow of his famous father, Mitchell (Kirk Douglas). Mitchell's famed skills as a courtroom attorney often came at the cost of his parenting. Having just suffered a stroke, Mitchell knows the time for repairing old wounds may be limited. At the same time, Alex finds himself in conflict with his own sons. College student Asher (Cameron Douglas) spends more time as a club DJ that pursuing his studies. Overly serious for an 11-year-old, Eli (Rory Culkin) seems to be stumbling through adolescence. Alex's psychologist wife, Rebecca (Bernadette Peters), tries to mediate and manage the men in the family.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Jesse Wigutow's screenplay is one of those marvels of economy, idiomatic facility and well-chosen detail that knows exactly when to cut away from a scene without grinding it into y...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Schepisi not only inspired the cast to give well-shaded, reflective portrayals but also made the film a work of honest, heartfelt sentiment.

  • 70

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Uneasily pivots between comedy and drama, with its best parts strongly reminiscent of Schepisi's previous, British-made drama about aging and dying buddies, "Last Orders."

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Comedy, Drama