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Family Weekend

29rdp_familyweek_span-thumbstandard-v2 After her preoccupied parents fail to attend her jump-rope competition, 16-year-old Emily Smith-Dungy decides to hold them hostage until they change their attitude. But her plan hits a snag when the police step in.
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Olesya Rulin stars in “Family Weekend," a comedy about a high school athlete who tries to make her family “normal." Read the review
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Don't let the innocuous title fool you. Family Weekend is a subversive little comedy in which a tightly wound misfit of a teenage girl, fed up with watching her family spiral out of control, subjects her parents to an extreme intervention.
David Martindale, Dallas Morning News  full review
 
The unconventional dysfunctional family has now become a Hollywood convention. It is familiar to a fault.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
 
For a long while, director Benjamin Epps goes for breakneck farce; at its best, this is a batty mixture of family-values editorial and teen spoof.
Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post  full review
 
We're sitting there, trapped. An angry little teenager's yelling at us. And we're not having any fun at all.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger  full review
 
The script, by Matt K. Turner, is loaded with contradictions, its hollow flirtation with subversion amount to airplane pablum.
Andy Webster, New York Times  full review
 
What keeps the film afloat is the buoyant young cast, with Rulin especially watchable as the tightly wound lead and Joey King as her younger sister, who's an aspiring actress.
Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times  full review
 
There's no overcoming the poorly conceived premise of Benjamin Epps' debut comedy. But a strong start and solid cast take it further than one might expect.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News  full review
 
The kind of dark-for-dark's sake, wannabe quirkfest that proves indie films can be just as cliched and vapid as the most soulless Hollywood movies.
Claudia Puig, USA Today  full review
 
The direction by Benjamin Epps, who has an early cameo as a jump-rope judge, shows decent comic timing, but needs to dial the histrionics way down and find a script that has some substance beneath the shenanigans.
Eddie Cockrell, Variety  full review
 
Quirky indie hell, thy name is Family Weekend.
Nick Schager, Village Voice  full review
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  • Release Year: 2013
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 106 min
  • Available From: Jun 22, 2013
  • Queued by: 1386 people
Directed By
Benjamin Epps
Cast
Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Modine, Olesya Rulin, Joey King, Shirley Jones, Eddie Hassell, Chloe Bridges, Adam Saunders
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