(out of 5)

Grandfather dies, bringing a highly dysfunctional family together again for the first time in ages. Granddaughter observes her struggling actor father (Hank Azaria), her irresponsible uncle (), her angry, uncooperative aunt () and happily coupled lesbian aunt () combust like fireworks when reunited, at each other’s throats with nothing but accusations and blame. Is it any wonder that grandmother  wants desperately to kill herself? Also thrown into the mix are some heinous children and Preston’s fiancee () who can only wonder at what she’s marrying into. Some appealing performances make this one a minor charmer, though the familiarity of the plot will seem like a retread to those who have already seen Home For The Holidays, The Family Stone, The Myth Of Fingerprints, Kingdom Come etc., and the surprises it offers in its conclusion do very little to distinguish the film from others of its ilk. The cast is a mixed bag, with terrific work from cast members Winger and  (as the nurse at the hospital who keeps having to deal with Laurie), a weak turn by Preston, and Romano looking like he’s in the wrong movie.

Eulogy Productions LLC, Ovation Entertainment LLC, S.R.O. Entertainment AG, Haft Entertainment, Cherry Road Films, Equity Pictures Medienfonds GmbH & Co. KG III

USA/United Kingdom/Germany, 2004

Directed by

Screenplay by Michael Clancy

Cinematography by

Produced by , , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

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