THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE FAMILY FANG (2013)










#43 is an honest little comedy-drama called The Fang Family. Jason Bateman (who also directed) and Nicole Kidman are siblings who have grown up as children of performance artists Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett. As kids, they were always involved in their "art" and their parents were lauded as geniuses by some. But those bits caused some psyche damage to their kids (a high school "Romeo and Juliet" scene messed with by mom and dad stands out). Years later, the four... are brought together when Bateman is shot by a potato gun (trust me, it works) and his parents and sister come to his rescue. Mom and dad abruptly announce they're heading to the Berkshires for a couple of days, leaving Bateman and Kidman in their house. It's not long before the local sheriff calls, saying their car has been found at a rest stop, blood all over everything, mimicking a series of rest stop killings in the area. Are they indeed dead? Or is this their biggest performance art moment of their careers? Bateman and Kidman start tracking them down and find out some truly amazing things. Bateman is likeable, realistic and warm, matched by Kidman, solid as always. The standard Walken performance works perfectly here, and the underused Harris Yulin pops up marvelously as one of the few friends of their parents. No stereotypical dysfunctional family shenanigans here - this is unique and a bit against the grain. Worth your time. Kudos to Bateman the director - I enjoyed his first directorial effort Bad Words (also a tad different) and I hope he directs more! Coming soon to theaters.

TLA one-word review: Unusual