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Movie Review: In the Family

Alternate Title: We Are Family

Story: I had reservations about seeing this film when I learned it was almost three hours long. I am happy that my sister insisted that I break some of my own stupid rules and see this movie. It was terrific. Thanks, Terry.

It is set in the present, in the town of Martin, Tennessee. Six year old Chip Hines, has two dads, Cody (his biological father) and Joey. Chip's (and everyone else's) life is turned upside down when Cody is suddenly killed in a car accident.

Life becomes undone when Cody's sister takes custody of young Chip. Joey's previous acceptance into the family is torn asunder. Joey searches for a way to get guardianship back. He has friends. He has support. However, the law is not on his side. How this is all resolved is fascinating film making, surprising and well worth your time.

It is a contemporary film with surprises galore. What you expect to happen does not happen and subtle revelations occur.

The film was written and directed by Patrick Wang who also stars as Joey.

Watch an interview with Patrick Wang here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6xQxjdMMCk

Acting: Trevor St. John as Cody Hines was terrific as was low key Patrick Wang as Joey. Young Sebastian Brodziak as Chip Hines was delightful. The supporting cast was great including, Brian Murray (Paul Hawks), Park Overall (Sally Hines), Peter Hermann (Dave Robey), Susan Kellermann (Marge Hawks), Elaine Bromka (Gloria) and Kelly McAndrew (Eileen Robey).

Predilection: None

Food: Breakfast cereal, Thanksgiving, pies and more.

Sex Spectrum: None

Theater Audience: It was only playing at one theater in Manhattan. It was more crowded than we expected it to be.

Weather: Not a factor.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I paid attention throughout.

Predictability Level: I did not know where this film would end up.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No.

Big Screen or Rental: I doubt that you will be able to find this film in your local theaters so you might have to resort to a rental.

Length: At 2 hours 49 minute. this film is way over the Lobo two hour rule. However - I had no problem sitting through a film of this length when it is this good. Bravo!