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It Runs In The FamilySomewhere between Kirk Douglas' decision to keep acting after a stroke impaired his speech and Michael Douglas' decision to sell his wedding photos, the...It Runs In The FamilyDrama, ComedyPT109MPG-13Somewhere between Kirk Douglas' decision to keep acting after a stroke impaired his speech and Michael Douglas' decision to sell his wedding photos, the...2003-05-02Sarita ChoudhuryRory CulkinDiana DouglasBernadette PetersSarita Choudhury, Rory Culkin, Diana Douglas, Bernadette PetersMGM
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It Runs In The Family

Genre: Drama, Comedy; Starring: Diana Douglas, Cameron Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Sarita Choudhury, Rory Culkin, Diana Douglas, Bernadette Peters; Director: Fred Schepisi; Author: Jesse Wigutow; Release Date Wide: 04/25/2003; Runtime (in minutes): 109; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: MGM

Somewhere between Kirk Douglas’ decision to keep acting after a stroke impaired his speech and Michael Douglas’ decision to sell his wedding photos, the fences of privacy have fallen down around the show-business property known as the Douglas clan. Now comes It Runs in the Family, a sodden drama of filial conflict that dares the audience to confuse the characters with the players. P.T. Barnum couldn’t have come up with a better hook, but he would have rewarded his suckers with more ”On Golden Pond” entertainment bang for their buck. Fred Schepisi directs like a ringmaster for hire from a therapy-session script by Jesse Wigutow.

Michael D., who also produced, casts himself as high-powered lawyer Alex Gromberg, and his real-life parents and son – Kirk, Diana, and Cameron D. – as Alex’s family. With real-life wife Catherine Zeta-Jones otherwise busy hoofing and hawking, Bernadette Peters stands in as an ideal wifey. Tolerable conflicts involve Alex’s inability to communicate with his bullheaded father and screwed-up kid. Intolerable vanity involves the temptation of a sexy coworker (Sarita Choudhury) at the soup kitchen where Alex volunteers, who throws her hot young bod at Alex’s pouchy middle-aged carcass. Meanwhile, the strikingly talented Rory Culkin plays Alex’s younger son, in a performance far lovelier than this carny act knows what to do with.

Originally posted May 2 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT

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