In the Family

In the Family

DVD - 2011
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Chip Hines, a precocious six-year-old, has only known life with his two dads, Cody and Joey. And a good life it is. When Cody suddenly dies in a car accident, Joey and Chip struggle to find their footing again. Just as they begin to, Cody's will reveals that he named his sister as Chip's guardian. The years of Joey's acceptance into the family unravel as Chip is taken away from him. Now Joey searches for a solution in order to find peace with the family and be closer to his son.
Publisher: [United States] : In The Family, 2011
Branch Call Number: INT
Characteristics: 2 dvds (169 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm

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Ravenetta
Sep 12, 2015

this was returned. dispute status

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mjayh
May 11, 2014

It's Patrick Wang's first film and it feels like a first film, a bit wooden and low budget. It's unnecessarily long, and at times tedious, but there's an effort to tell a story with substance, hence the positive recognition from various sources.

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petehoover98118
May 11, 2014

When it became clear the direction the film was going, had to stop. Film hit too close to home, and was too painful. Fortunately, with marriage now a distinct probability, these kinds of problems will be ameliorated but we still have to iron out some kinks: for example, yesterday Arkansas just performed its first legal gay wedding, yet it is still illegal for gay couples to adopt children in Arkansas. What do we do about that?

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Marzipan50
Feb 23, 2014

A True Story Movie that relates to the struggles that Gay people face everyday. A lot of gay people get married so that their spouses so called blood relative family cannot omit them from their Son's or Daughters life even when they are sick or dying. I am glad that times are changing.

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doglandic
Feb 11, 2014

The best movie I've seen in a long time - among a good run of them. It brings to light experiences within my family and community ...all too often. I thought the understated performances worked well for this movie. Considering that Patrick Wang's character had previously experienced several deaths in his life, it makes sense that he has adapted, somewhat. What other choice has he had? Nicely done accent suggested a Goode Ole Boy type of character that I found quite believable... my own initial biases were eye-opening. I got the sense that he was in shock and disbelief at times - particularly considering the prejudice his character is likely to have experienced, being of asian decent, in a southern town.

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ms_mustard
Jan 05, 2014

looking for acceptance and forgiveness in a family prepared to give neither. brilliant use of the legal system. a story of what true family is all about.

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lvon98
Oct 02, 2013

LOVED that film. Definitely one of the best I've seen so far this year (and I've seen a lot of them). If you're looking for an action pic, look elsewhere. This is 2 hours 49 minutes of contained emotion. Patrick Wang gives a nuanced interpretation, which could be construed as aloofness but is anything but. And Chip, as a bright engaging little kid, is definitely a plus. Highly recommended.

voisjoe1 Aug 26, 2013

This is one of those films where it is best to know next to nothing about it before viewing. I have to admit though, that it would help to have viewed some films Robert Bresson films as Wang using his techniques in framing the various scenes and in keeping the conversations inaudible where appropriate. Once one realizes that this is the method, then one can see how the director tells exactly what the viewer needs know in order understand the story. It is sort of like putting the pieces of the puzzle, but the director forces the viewer to actively participate in completing the puzzle. This is one of the best films I have seen so far this year. It is Patrick Wayne’s first film, so I give it only 4.5 stars. I am optimistic that I will be able to give one of his future films 5 stars, so I am leaving him room for improvement to 5 stars. This is one of the most emotional films and wow, this is just the right year for the topic partially solved by two important court cases, one of those courts being the Supreme Court. Some people will reject the ideas, but hopefully some will have “evolved.”

inthestacks Aug 09, 2013

Considering the subject mattter, this film was nearly devoid of emotion. Patrick Wang, the lead (and the director/writer) was particularly wooden. Given that his partner was killed in a car accident, and the child he raised as his son was taken away from him, you would think he might show some pain. But no, he plays this part like he's reading the script for the first time (and he wrote it!). I kept wondering, why is he talking like that? Is he all bottled up and soon to explode? But no, that didn't happen. At nearly 3 hours long, this makes for a very tedious film experience. A better film with a similar storyline is Any Day Now with Alan Cumming. Though not without its flaws, it does at least show the emotional pain that such loss can cause.

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