• R
  • 1h 26m
  • 2019
Certified Fresh76%
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Family tells the story of 11-year-old Maddie (Bryn Vale), a social misfit who practices karate moves with trees. Her self-absorbed, childless aunt, Kate (Taylor Schilling), offers to take care of her for a week while Maddie's parents are busy, and it proves to be the most transformative week of young Maddie's life.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh76%
Critics Consensus: The definitive juggalo-infused self-discovery comedy, Family transcends its overly familiar elements with fresh twists and Taylor Schilling's appealing performance.
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Common Sense Says
Language, drinking in affecting comedy about acceptance.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Family is about a selfish, blunt workaholic (Taylor Schilling) whose unexpected week with her middle school-age niece (Bryn Vale) changes her in important ways. The main characters learn to have empathy for each other and for themselves, and both make positive changes in their lives. A girl who feels like she doesn't fit in is bullied by a group of female classmates who are then spoken of in stereotypical terms (as "dogs," "bitches," and "mean girls"); the girl ultimately defeats them by kicking one to the ground (she's suspended for it). At the same time, the girl also finds a group of friends who accept her for who she is. Despite some iffy choices, those friends are eventually revealed to be kind-hearted, thoughtful, and caring (even if viewers see them shrieking, punching each other, and sharing giant bongs). In other scenes, adults guzzle wine and cocktails; they don't usually appear drunk, but in one scene a character does show up drunk at a school. Frequent strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "p---y," "ass," "bulls--t"; several characters are also called (or call themselves) "freaks." There's no sex or romance, but there's a brief joke involving condoms and suggestions of the potential for romance between two characters.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:April 12, 2019
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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