IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY

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Release Date: April 25, 2003

Starring: Michael Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Diana Douglas, Bernadette Peters, Cameron Douglas, and Rory Culkin

Genre: Drama

Audience: Teenagers and adults REVIEWER:
Ted Baehr The Grombergs
represent three generations of
a dysfunctional family. They
are so open-minded that their
children are out of control.
Twenty-one-year-old Asher
Gromberg (played by Cameron
Douglas) skips class and sells
marijuana, has sexual
experiences with various
girls, and gets arrested by
the police. And, the parents
discuss what they did
wrong. What they did wrong is
that they have all the mean
spiritedness of sinful human
beings plus the
created-in-God's-image
emotional moments, but none of
the fortitude of the Jewish
faith to which they apparently
belong, and which would allow
them to bring up their
children properly. In spite of
their failure as parents, Alex
Gromberg (played by Michael
Douglas) wants to run for
elected office, forgetting
that the Bible says that if
you can't manage your own
family, how can you run for
public office? In this slice
of life movie about a family
that nobody would want for
neighbors, Mitchell Gromberg
(played by Kirk Douglas), the
patriarch, is mean to his son,
Alex, and Alex bends over
backwards for his sons, Asher
and Eli (played by Rory
Culkin). Both approaches to
childrearing fail, and
although there is death and
reconciliation by the end of
the movie, these characters
have no clear vision for their
lives. Asher is an out of
control drug pusher; Eli is
looking for his first sexual
experiences; Alex volunteers
at a soup kitchen and starts
fornicating with a woman until
a street-person interrupts
them; and, it would be hard to
describe how foul mouthed
these people are. They talk
about character, but do not
exhibit it. They create the
wrong impression of what life
is like at every turn.
Watching IT RUNS IN THE
FAMILY, one thinks of the
impact films have overseas,
where movies have become the
primary ambassadors for the
United States. If the Muslim
nations ever wanted a reason
to think of our country as
immoral and out of control,
this movie will give it to
them. If children ever wanted
a reason to indulge in sex,
drugs, and rock and roll, this
movie will give it to them.
However, it has a sweet
ending, and there will be many
who like the ending so much
that they ignore how really
immoral this movie really
is. Please address your
comments to: Alex Yemenidjian,
CEO MGM/UA 2500 Broadway
Street Santa Monica, CA
90404-3061 Phone: (310)
449-3000 Fax: (310)
449-3024 and Michael Eisner,
Chairman/CEO Buena Vista
Distribution Co. (Walt Disney
Pictures, Caravan, Hollywood,
Miramax, & Touchstone
Pictures) 500 South Buena
Vista Street Burbank, CA
91521 Phone: (818) 560-1000

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 109 minutes

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Content:

(PaPaPa, B, FR, LLL, VV, SS, NN, AA, DDD, MM) Pagan worldview with some positive Jewish content, but also lots of "anything goes" sex, drugs, false ideas from Eastern religion, licentious attitudes by all involved, and blasphemy; 47 obscenities and 23 profanities and discussions of sex including boy asks about "69"; violence includes boy slices girl's face with switchblade, police tear up apartment looking for drugs, boy beaten up, dead body set on fire, boy kicks older boy in groin, old man gets hit by joggers and falls on jogging path; constant sexual discussions and situations, including man and woman start to fornicate in church soup kitchen, boy and girl start to fornicate, another boy and girl fornicate (not shown, but the in bed together is), children look at Smutt Magazine and talk about oral sex, indications of masturbation; thong panties on girl, girl practically nude, and upper male nudity; alcohol abuse; heavy drug use with boy selling marijuana, boy smoking pot, police raid son's apartment where there is lots of drug paraphernalia and illegal drugs; and, tattoos, anger, meanness, and family dysfunction.

GENRE: Drama

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Summary:

IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY stars Michael, Kirk and Cameron Douglas in a story about three generations of a dysfunctional family. These characters have no clear vision for their lives, and it would be hard to describe how foul mouthed these people are.

Review:

The Grombergs represent three generations of a dysfunctional family. They are so open-minded that their children are out of control. Twenty-one-year-old Asher Gromberg (played by Cameron Douglas) skips class and sells marijuana, has sexual experiences with various girls, and gets arrested by the police. And, the parents discuss what they did wrong.

What they did wrong is that they have all the mean spiritedness of sinful human beings plus the created-in-God's-image emotional moments, but none of the fortitude of the Jewish faith to which they apparently belong, and which would allow them to bring up their children properly. In spite of their failure as parents, Alex Gromberg (played by Michael Douglas) wants to run for elected office, forgetting that the Bible says that if you can't manage your own family, how can you run for public office?

In this slice of life movie about a family that nobody would want for neighbors, Mitchell Gromberg (played by Kirk Douglas), the patriarch, is mean to his son, Alex, and Alex bends over backwards for his sons, Asher and Eli (played by Rory Culkin). Both approaches to childrearing fail, and although there is death and reconciliation by the end of the movie, these characters have no clear vision for their lives. Asher is an out of control drug pusher; Eli is looking for his first sexual experiences; Alex volunteers at a soup kitchen and starts fornicating with a woman until a street-person interrupts them; and, it would be hard to describe how foul mouthed these people are.

They talk about character, but do not exhibit it. They create the wrong impression of what life is like at every turn. Watching IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY, one thinks of the impact films have overseas, where movies have become the primary ambassadors for the United States. If the Muslim nations ever wanted a reason to think of our country as immoral and out of control, this movie will give it to them. If children ever wanted a reason to indulge in sex, drugs, and rock and roll, this movie will give it to them. However, it has a sweet ending, and there will be many who like the ending so much that they ignore how really immoral this movie really is.

Please address your comments to:

Alex Yemenidjian, CEO

MGM/UA

2500 Broadway Street

Santa Monica, CA 90404-3061

Phone: (310) 449-3000

Fax: (310) 449-3024

and

Michael Eisner, Chairman/CEO

Buena Vista Distribution Co.

(Walt Disney Pictures, Caravan, Hollywood, Miramax, & Touchstone Pictures)

500 South Buena Vista Street

Burbank, CA 91521

Phone: (818) 560-1000

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