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Plot: This is the story of a dysfunctional New York family, and their attempts to reconcile. Runtime: 109 mins Release Date: 25 Apr 2003
Wonderful dramedy, great performances! Kirk Douglas is an outstanding comic actor, but Diana Douglas steals every scene she's in with the ultimate in charm and grace. I guess it's the Douglas family's "On Golden Pond", with hints of their real family history and dynamics. I can't say enough marvelous things about this movie; I give it a "10"!
Good Family Movie (by moviesampink)
It Runs in the family is a great movie to watch with family. The character's have great chemistry together. The cast is incredibly talented, especially, Kirk Douglas, he still has that spark in him that makes him a natural. Dina Douglas mother,grandmother is a delight to watch. Michael Douglas is an inspiration as Alex. Cameron Douglas is a very talented young man. Rory Culken is a clever and talented boy like his brother. Once again, Bernadette Peters shows that she is an incredible actress. If you want a great family movie to watch, this one is the one or if you want a comedy, this <more>
movie has some scenes that has some funny moments. I give this movie a 10/10 rating.
Great movie! Funny and endearing at the same time. Kirk Douglas is so sweet and funny! Michael Douglas is great. Rory Culkin is very cute. Diana Douglas is simply graceful and lovely. Bernadette Peters gives one of her best performances! Why Bernadette was billed last perplexes me though. Even though, she was billed as "and Bernadette Peters," she was still one of the largest roles, so it made no sense. I recommend this movie to anyone! It doesn't leave you the same way other movies though, which makes it unique. Also, in truth, it is not a movie for just Douglas' fans.
Poignant, touching, and truthful! (by yossarian100)
The type of humor that brings tears to your eyes instead of the silliness that usually passes for comedy these days. I seriously enjoyed watching Michael and Kirk Douglas working together, found the material touching and poignant, and found myself caring deeply about the characters. I don't know about you, but that works for me.
I think it's awesome (by life_illusion_same)
I watched it 2 times, very endearing, each plot if carefully paid attention to can make you either sympathize or laugh or even cry, it's sweet, the father/son/grandson is adorable, funny, witty, and I think it touched my heart during the deaths of Pappys wife and brother.. It's hard to imagine your life partner gone after so long...and then to lose your brother within the same time, I think Michael and Kirk did a wonderful job, and "Asher" was an eye opener to anyone trying to stay as a teenager even when they should have priorities. Culkin was sweet as the conscience yet <more>
innocent child, their traditions were upheld, the characters were in depth, making the plots more understandable if you really pay attention and try to enjoy the movie instead of sit and criticize every action they make.
The Realism of Dysfunctional Families (by eric262003)
"It Runs in the Family" is a juxtaposition of fiction and reality that as a family drama that centers around three generations of the Douglas family that has its fair share of dysfunctional traits as the fictional Gromberg family portrayed here. Kirk Douglas stars as Mitchell Gromberg, the head patriarch of the family and Evelyn Gromberg plays his wife which is the real life ex-wife of Kirk's, Diana Douglas. Their lawyer son is Alex played by Kirk's real-life son Michael Douglas who also served the movie's producer. While the film is running, one has to wonder how the <more>
relationship between Mitchell and Alex close reflect to the rel-life bonding of Kirk and Michael. In addition to this family casting is Cameron Douglas in his debut as the elder grandson Asher. The movie reflects upon the interactions of the the characters, which is apropos to the personal experiences that the Douglas family has encountered over the years. The remaining cast includes Rory Culkin's role as Asher's younger brother Eli and Bernadette Peters as Alex's psychiatrist wife, Rebecca. The centerpiece of this story concentrates on the lack of family traits in an Upper-class Jewish-American family in a middle-class Manhattan estate. The head of the household is the aging Mitchell who opened a successful law firm where Alex is also employed. Mitchell has lost a step or two from a stroke that has caused him to lose clarity in his voice and a loss of physical attributes which now he has to depend on his son and grandson to pick up the pieces he left behind. While this is happening, the female clan are depending on themselves to keep everything under control of these difficult times. But the setbacks take a turn for the ugly become a hindrance to the family's stability. Asher becomes a pot-dealer and failing his first semester in college, Alex is schemed by an assistant at the soup kitchen he volunteers at, and Eli has alienated himself from the family that he depends on an Excel spreadsheet as a communicative tool to ask for an allowance. Sure it's not all drama, there are some very humorous moments in the movie. Sure there's tragedy in the movie that has two members die, but their deaths symbolize the distance the family has upon each other and it was never padded on for good measure.The complexity of the story wheels upon the various family issues as they try to thrive upon the need to succeed, the values of love and dominance, while facing the tribulations of grief, and moving on in a new chapter of life regardless of age. It will open your heart, but won't always leave you in tears, but more in observing the feelings the characters have while coping through the difficult stages one has to go through. Sure the humor is very useful during the tragic stages, but the emotional scenes are hard to swallow that you're left with no choice but to feel like you need to be involved with their situations. The complexity of this story does have its setbacks as well. It feels like there was no conclusion to the story. The only sub-plots that end are the ones where two characters have to die off. Granted nothing is completely resolved in the end, but it does have some potential for hope. The acting was brilliant and it is a great slice of life, so if you like emotional tearjerkers, then this movie's for you. I gave it an eight instead of nine or ten, because I feel that I shouldn't watch this movie multiple times. Maybe twice the most. Or a third if I'm in the mood. I think of it as a low-budget version of "Moonlight Mile" which centers on similar themes as "It Runs in the Family". It's a great watch not excellent , but if you ask me what the moral to the ending of the story is, taken from the words of Eli when a question comes to him, "whatever".