It’s not always the best sign when a movie is filled with actors you know, but you haven’t actually heard about the film until the week before it comes out. This is the case with The Family Tree, a raunchy comedy that’s directed by Vivi Friedman and stars Dermot Mulroney, Hope Davis, Chi McBride, Selma Blair, and Christina Hendricks. Why is this just coming to my attention now?
Watching the trailer kind of answers this question. The jokes in it are almost exclusively sex gags, most of which feel like they’re trying way too hard. Seriously, the amount of gags relating to the physical act of love that are packed into a two-minute preview is sort of unreal, and I don’t mean that in a good way. Technically speaking, nothing about it stands out, but nothing seems off-putting, either — the movie simply looks unmemorable. Part of me suspects that the problem is this: It’s a middle-of-the-road film in most respects, thus leading to a muted critical reception; when combined with having a small distributor like Entertainment One, there may not be much reason for this to get a big release. That’s kind of unfortunate, but the movie doesn’t seem to be something that will be a big loss when the general public misses it entirely.
Watch it below:
Also starring Keith Carradine, Jane Seymour, Max Thieriot, and Brittany Robertson, The Family Tree opens in limited theaters on August 26th.
Do you think that this movie looks funny? Had you heard of this before watching the trailer?
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