Movies About Family to Watch with Your Family

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12-Dec-2012 Newsletter article

Spend some family time watching movies about all kinds of families - available in the Library's Media Center!

Away We Go (DVD 004 257)
A couple (Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski) who is expecting their first child travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover "home" on their own terms for the first time.

Big Fish (DVD 004 092)
William Bloom (Ewan McGregor), is a young man who never really knew his now dying father, Edward (Albert Finney), outside of the tall tales his dad told him about growing up. During Edward's last days William and his wife Josephine hold a bedside vigil next to the old man as he recollects elaborate memories of his youth.

Dan in Real Life (DVD 002 972)
Advice columnist Dan Burns (Steve Carell) is an expert on relationships, but somehow struggles to succeed as a brother, a son, and a single parent to three precocious daughters. Things get even more complicated when Dan finds out the woman he falls in love with is actually his brother's new girlfriend.

Everyone Says I Love You (DVD 005 447)
Woody Allen's fun-filled story of one wealthy, eccentric and romantically challenged extended family from New York's Upper West Side. The cast includes Ed Norton, Drew Barrymore, Natalie Portman, Lukas Haas, Goldie Hawn, and Alan Alda.

The Kids Are All Right (DVD 004 968)
Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) are in a long term, committed, loving but by no means perfect relationship. Nic, a physician, needs to wield what she believes is control, whereas Jules, under that control, is less self-assured. They have two teen-aged children, Joni, who is Nic's biological child, and Laser, who is Jules' biological child. A big-hearted movie that combines comedic surprise with poignant emotional truth.

Parenthood (2 copies: DVD 000 014 and DVD 003 708)
The Buckmans are a modern-day family facing the age-old dilemma of trying to raise children the "right way." The cast includes Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Martha Plimpton, Keanu Reeves, Dianne Wiest, and Rick Moranis.

Ordinary People (DVD 000 736)
The "ordinary" existence of an upper middle class family is shattered with the death of the older son and the struggle of the younger son (Timothy Hutton) against guilt and suicide. Also starring Mary Tyler Moore and Donald Sutherland.

Rachel Getting Married (DVD 003 861)
In and out of rehab for the past 10 years, Kym Buchman (Anne Hathaway) returns to the family home for the wedding of her sister Rachel. She brings with her a long history of personal crisis and family conflict. The wedding party, friends and relatives have gathered for an idyllic weekend of feasting, music and love, but Kym's passion for the dramatic incites tension in the family.

Radio Days (DVD 004 428)
A look back at radio from the late 1930s to the mid-1940s, focusing on an extended Jewish family, all avid radio listeners, and on a young woman who eventually succeeds as a radio gossip columnist. The cast includes Julie Kavnar, Mia Farrow, Wallace Shawn, and Jeff Daniels.

A River Runs Through It (DVD 000 159)
Captures the majesty of the Montana Wilderness and the strength of the American family in this adaptation of Norman Maclean's autobiography. Craig Sheffer stars as the young Norman (with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as an even younger Norman). Brad Pitt also stars as his brother Paul, an irresistible daredevil driven to challenge the world. Growing up, both boys rebel again their stern minister father. While Norman channels his rebellion into writing, Paul descends a slippery slope to self-destruction.

The Royal Tenenbaums (DVD 002 696)
Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal, had left them long ago, but now returns to make things right with his family. Cast includes: Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke & Owen Wilson, Danny Glover, and Bill Murray. "Narrated" by Alec Baldwin.

Sunshine Cleaning (DVD 004 180)
Rose (Amy Adams) is a single mother attempting to support her son Oscar and her unreliable sister Norah (Emily Blunt). She works a mundane job as a maid. Once the head cheerleader in school with plenty of prospects, Rose now has little to show for her life. When Oscar is expelled from public school, Rose takes a job as a bio-hazard crime-scene cleaner to help pay for a private education. She brings Norah on to help in her steadily growing business. As the sisters work to clean up the messes left behind by the chaotic lives of others, they must learn to reconcile their own differences and overcome a troubled past if they hope to prosper in their newfound venture.

What's Eating Gilbert Grape (DVD 002 210)
Gilbert (Johnny Depp) lives in Endora (Iowa), a place where nothing happens. Aside from a secret affair with a housewife, Gilbert spends his days stocking shelves at a grocery store, caring for his mentally handicapped brother (Leo DiCaprio), and holding together a large family headed by Mama, a former beauty queen whose weight tops 500 pounds. But just when Gilbert thinks nothing with ever change, a pretty stranger arrives on the scene, capturing Gilbert's heart and inspiring him to make a break.

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