Jason Bateman directs and stars in The Family Fang, alongside Nicole Kidman and Christoper Walken.
In The Family Fang, Jason Bateman directs a story - based on the New York Times best seller - that takes family problems to a whole new level.
The line between real life and art can sometimes get blurry. To the Fangs, a married couple renowned for their semi-improvised public interventions, that line is nearly invisible. The Family Fang, Jason Bateman’s sophomore feature, is a fascinating, funny, and resonant study of what it means to grow up in a family for whom everything is performance.
Annie (Kidman) and Baxter (Bateman) have spent most of their adult lives trying to get as far as possible from their parents, Caleb (Walken) and Camille Fang (Maryann Plunkett). The elder Fangs have attracted both kudos and controversy for their provocative, socially disruptive body of work, which, over the past forty-five years, has involved everything from faux bank robberies to staged incidents of child-busker harassment.
When journalist Baxter sustains a head injury in a potato-cannon mishap, he winds up involuntarily in his parents’ care. Annie comes to rescue him — and also to confront Mr. and Mrs. Fang once and for all about the madness of their vocation — but the siblings are thrown for a loop when Caleb and Camille suddenly go missing and foul play is suspected. Is their disappearance a genuine cause for alarm or just another situationist prank?
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