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The Family Tree Details


A mother forgets her troubles the hard way in this independent black comedy. If the Burnett family isn't the most dysfunctional household in town, they're a good bet to be in the top three. Man of the house Jack (Dermot Mulroney) is a depressed businessman having an affair with a buxom co-worker (Christina Hendricks), his wife, Bunnie (Hope Davis), plays curious sexual role-playing games with their neighbor Simon (Chi McBride), sexually adventurous teenage daughter Kelly (Britt Robertson) is having an affair with a female classmate (Madeline Zima) while blackmailing one of her teachers (Selma Blair), and son Eric (Max Thieriot) is a fervent Christian whose loyalties are divided between a preacher obsessed with guns (Keith Carradine) and a drug-addled punk rocker (John Patrick Amedori) with a soft spot for Kelly. Things have gotten so bad for the Burnetts that their analyst has given up on them, but fate gives the family a curious second chance -- after suffering a head injury during a tryst with Simon, Bunnie develops a mild case of amnesia that wipes most of the family's troubles from her memory. The first feature film from director Vivi Friedman, The Family Tree received its world premiere at the 2010 Seattle International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:August 26, 2011


Dermot Mulroney
as Jack Burnett
Hope Davis
as Bunnie Burnett
Chi McBride
as Simon Krebbs
Max Thieriot
as Eric Burnett
Brittany Robertson
as Kelly Burnett
Selma Blair
as Ms. Delbo
Keith Carradine
as Reverend Diggs
Gabrielle Anwar
as Nina Fouts
John Patrick Amedori
as Paul Stukey
Evan Ross
as Josh Krebbs
Madeline Zima
as Mitzy
Christina Hendricks
as Alicia
Jane Seymour
as Ilene
Rachael Leigh Cook
as Rachel
Evan Handler
as Harv
Jermaine Williams
as Trey
Newell Alexander
as Dr. Lieberman
Eddie Hassell
as Ricky Johnson
Jake Richardson
as Roy
Pamela Shaw
as Vice Principal Carnes
Jack Kyle
as Police Officer #1
Mac Brandt
as Young Police Officer
Hannah Hodson
as Ashley
Colby French
as Coach Sutton
Christopher Bradley
as Bobby Overmeir


Kathy Weiss
Mark Lisson
Allan Jones
J. Todd Harris
Mark Lisson
Stacey Hersh
Composer (Music Score)
Tuomas Kantelinen
Composer (Music Score)
Seth Flaum
Justine Halliday
Lisa Looney
Associate Producer
Marc Toberoff
Executive Producer
Veronica Collins Rooney
Miriam Marcus
Co-Executive Producer
Mark Donadio
Co-Executive Producer