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It Runs in the Family (2003)

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Directed by
Fred Schepisi

Written by
Jesse Wigutow

Michael Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Rory Culkin, Cameron Douglas, Diana Douglas [more]

Release Date
• USA: Apr 25, 2003
• UK: 5 Sep 2003
DVD Release Date
• R1: Oct 21, 2003

Official Website:
It Runs in the Family Website

MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for drug content, sexual material and language.

Running Time
1 hour, 49 minutes

Country USA

Studio Buena Vista International, Fred Schepisi Film, Furthur Films, GreeneStreet Films, MGM

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 Synopses for It Runs in the Family (2003)

Three generations of the Douglas clan--old-time star Kirk, Michael of Fatal Attraction and Wonder Boys, and movie newcomer Cameron--star in It Runs in the Family. Alex Gromberg (Michael) is a high-powered lawyer who works for a firm co-founded by his father Mitchell (Kirk), who's recovering from a stroke, while Alex's son Asher (Cameron) is dealing pot and flunking out of his senior year in college. The movie moves between the three men's relationships with women and each other. Surprisingly, It Runs in the Family isn't as much of a vanity project as it seems; though some implausible elements serve only to flatter the stars (wealthy lawyer Alex volunteers at a soup kitchen for the homeless, where a babelicious co-worker throws herself at him), most of the script is solidly written and the parent-child conflicts ring true. Also featuring Bernadette Peters and Rory Culkin. --Bret Fetzer
(73 votes)

2.  "Wonderful!" - The New York Times

"Funny, full of life and downright gratifying" (The New York Observer), this light-hearted comedy about the indestructible bonds of family marks the first-ever pairing of Oscar-winning father and son Kirk Douglas and MIchael Douglas, and boasts an extraordinary supporting cast!

New York lawyer Alex Gromberg (Michael Douglas) is blessed with a beautiful wife, two healthy children and vivacious parents. Sounds like the perfect family, right? Wrong! As the Grombergs drift apart with a host of modern-day dilemmas, Alex finally accepts his life's mosti mportant mission: to pull his family back together!  
(72 votes)

3.Some families can survive everything. Even each other.

The Grombergs are a highly successful family – except when it comes to communicating with each other.

Alex Gromberg (Michael Douglas) is a man caught in the middle. Navigating the tricky, ever-changing roles of father, son, and husband, he’s trying to avoid the mistakes his father made while coming to terms with the ones he’s already passed on to his own sons. Alex’s wife, Rebecca (Bernadette Peters), is a psychologist trying to balance a professional life with her marriage and raising her kids.

Mitchell Gromberg (Kirk Douglas), the patriarch and a retired partner of one of New York’s leading law firms, is having difficulty coming to grips with his mortality. Evelyn (Diana Douglas) is his devoted wife and has been his emotional rock throughout their marriage – and the peacemaker between him and Alex.

Asher Gromberg (Cameron Douglas), Alex’s eldest son, is a rebellious college student trying to cope with life, love, and sex in a confused society. And Eli (Rory Culkin), Alex’s 11-year old, is perhaps the "oldest" and most levelheaded of all the Gromberg men.

Three generations of an American family, they all live separate lives, each in their own dysfunctional way. But every once in awhile, there comes a time to come together – to celebrate, to laugh, to fight, to cry, and to care for each other.

Onscreen together for the first time in their careers, Academy Award-winners Michael Douglas and Kirk Douglas join real-life relations Cameron Douglas and Diana Douglas, along with Bernadette Peters and Rory Culkin, to tell a story about the loving, frustrating, and ultimately inescapable bonds of family.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Buena Vista International present Michael Douglas and Kirk Douglas in It Runs in the Family, a Furthur Films production of a Fred Schepisi film. Directed by Schepisi and written by Jesse Wigutow, the film also stars Rory Culkin, Cameron Douglas, Diana Douglas, Michelle Monaghan, and Bernadette Peters. Produced by Michael Douglas, It Runs in the Family was executive produced by Schepisi and Kerry Orent, with Marcy Drogin as co-producer and Joel Douglas as associate producer. The production team includes director of photography Ian Baker, production designer Patrizia Von Brandenstein, editor Kate Williams, costume designer Ellen Mirojnick, composer Paul Grabowsky, and music supervisor Susan Jacobs.
(60 votes)

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