Olesya Rulin steals the show (by klaus-254-632336)
Family Weekend is a a really fun family comedy with heart. The movie features surprisingly good acting all around, but Olesya Rulin steals the show!The movie centers on a high school speed jumper who's dysfunctional family lets her down, and her desperate attempt to write the ship before it's too late. Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Modine are fantastically convincing on the dysfunctional side, and Joey King's performance is both skin-crawlingly creep and endearing and truly unexpected from such a young star.Regarding Rulin's, her performance is spot on, and he portrays both <more>
her strong competitive side and vulnerable side flawlessly. She engages and keeps the audience's attention, and though her character is weird and quirky, we all want her to succeed. To quote Kelly Golighty "She reminds me of Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady with a dash of Lucille Ball thrown in for good measure."
This movie is something you had wish you could or would have done with your family if you had/have the opportunity to. This movie is a light comedy which can be pictured as both sensible and irrational at the same time.There were some parts that seemed a bit off like the kid acting like a prostitute but oh well this movie had a very simplistic and pure hearted concept.In this day and age such type of comedies are hard to come by.In my opinion this movie deserves better than a 4.6/10 I had say 7.5 would be a correct rating instead especially when movies like the Incredible Burt Wonderstone <more>
which are such big disappointing scripts get 6/10 this movie deserves a better rating.The acting was integrated quite good.
Teen takes a radical approach to saving her family from self-destructing. (by brandonwiseman)
A precocious teen girl attempts to save her family from their individually separated, self-absorbed paths. The plot centers around her jump roping competitions. After she informs everyone, and no one attends her meet, she goes to drastic measures to involve everyone in a share all, confess all roulette of spirited collisions to bring attention to the distance between them. With both wit and playfulness, this film goes in so many directions and covers so many topics of the modern American family. I was smiling at the drama, laughing at the absurdity, and sympathizing with each character as <more>
they were pressed to change their hearts and views. I give this two thumbs up with 5 star performances all around. The content is edgy but handled well. Bravo!
Super deep and really brilliant. (by Shopaholic35)
Initially you want to feel sorry for the lead character Emily but then as I kept watching I realised the whole family are just as selfish as each other. They all have their own interests and ignore each other. That being said, as the movie progresses you start to see the deep underlying issues of each character and you truly realise how much of a dysfunctional family they have become. Their issues run far too deep to be fixed in one enlightened moment.Funnily this movie is so much more than you could have imagined. It's weird and crazy, traumatic and depressing but through it all they get <more>
there. So while it started out strange it developed into a really decent movie that I'm glad I watched.
Much better than its rating would indicate, a really fun and quirky family comedy with heart. (by TxMike)
I found this on Netflix streaming movies. I watched it on a rainy morning just to kill time, expecting it to be a "dumb" comedy but came away somewhat amazed how good it is. Each role is acted just right and the situations are always surprising and interesting. This is a nice little gem of a movie.A movie like this thrives or dies on the lead role, and Olesya Rulin is just perfect as 16-yr-old Emily, even though the actress is in her mid-20s. Tiny at 5 feet tall, and with a youthful face and big eyes like Zooey Deschanel, her acting style fits the part.Emily is an organized person <more>
and as the movie starts she is getting ready to compete in the sport that is her passion, solo speed jump rope. She places first at the regional, in her home area in Michigan, but in spite of the post-it note reminders she left for her mom, her dad, her sister, and her two brothers, none of her family showed up to see her compete.Most 16-yr-olds would just mope, maybe take drugs, maybe tell everyone how uncaring her family is, but Emily is not your usual 16-yr-old. She decides an intervention is called for so she prepares an evening meal, forces each family member to sit at the table, then spikes the wine of her parents. When they pass out she does the only sensible thing, she ties them to chairs, making them her prisoners until they can all get a better understanding and commitment to making their family work better as a unit. Kristin Chenoweth is the hard-working, driven business woman Samantha. Matthew Modine is the hippy-dippy artist Duncan who has his studio upstairs in the home. Emily's younger sister is Joey King as Lucy, who is always dressing up as some movie character, but she is delightful. For me it was fun seeing one of my favorites from an earlier generation, Shirley Jones as the grandma, "GG ".This is a very funny comedy with novel writing, but it also has a good core of a message, that family members listening to each other and doing important things together matters.