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Family Weekend Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 10

    out of 100

    Village Voice Nick Schager

    Quirky indie hell, thy name is Family Weekend. Benjamin Epps's film is the very definition of affected cutie-pie whimsy and weirdness.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The New York Times Andy Webster

    This belabored comedy, directed by Benjamin Epps, has a slick visual veneer and some capable performances, especially by Ms. Rulin and Ms. King. But the script, by Matt K. Turner, is loaded with contradictions, its hollow flirtation with subversion amount to airplane pablum.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Although Rulin displays a compelling neurotic edge as the driven Emily, Chenoweth and Modine are unable to breathe much life into their schematic roles, while the supporting players are basically saddled with conveying a compendium of quirks.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Family Weekend is the kind of dark-for-dark's sake, wannabe quirkfest that proves indie films can be just as clichéd and vapid as the most soulless Hollywood movies.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Mark Olsen

    Family Weekend is no worse than many of the dysfunctional family comedies that populate the Sundance Film Festival — "Little Miss Sunshine" is name-checked within the movie itself — but isn't any better either.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Teen tries to repair dysfunctional family in so-so comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Family Weekend delivers a simple and important message about parents who realize too late that ignoring their children can signficantly damage their family. That said, the takeaway is packaged in a comedy/drama that centers on teenage Emily, who drives it home with some pretty questionable methods: She drugs her mom and dad, ties them to chairs, and spends two days trying to teach them the error of their ways. There's some violence (the tying up, someone getting hit over the head), some sexual references (including a character who collects both gay and straight porn magazines), and moderate swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"), a character smoking a joint in one scene, and a meal with some unusually potent wine.

  • Families can talk about Family Weekend's message. What's the core takeaway? Does it come through despite Emily's iffy actions?
  • Do you think the family in the movie seems realistic? Or is the portrayal of distracted parents too cliched?
  • Why is Emily so upset with her parents? Is her anger justified? What do you think about her plan to fix her dysfunctional family?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: The parents are initially distracted and self-centered, but they slowly realize how much they've ignored their children and neglected their marriage. Once they do, they discover that they can -- and will -- repair the damage.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Emily's anger and frustration are understandable, and while her methods are questionable, they also get results. Yes, there's a happy ending, but Emily still has to answer for her actions.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: A teen drugs her mom and dad and then ties them up; they spend the weekend subdued while she tries to force them to become better parents. A girl hits an adult over the head with a trophy, knocking him unconscious.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Some sexual references. Some characters flirt. A teen boy collects porno magazines.

  • language false3

    Language: Infrequent use of "s--t" and "f--k," but milder swearing -- "crap," "bitchy," "t-t," "goddamn," "butt," etc. -- is more common.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Some characters use BlackBerry and Apple mobile phones. Several references to classic films.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults drink wine at dinner. One character smokes a joint.