Picture your average family, with its dysfunctional relationships, insensitive partners (esp. husbands), women who want children but can’t have them, divorcees who are still in love with each other, and then add your adopted brother’s very seductive sister just for kicks. That’s your typical American family right? Well no, not quite. Especially when DeNiro (Don) is the patriarch of this haphazard set of characters disguised as a family. In my own understanding this movie is more about sex than it is about family. Although it tries eagerly to convey the need for honesty and openness in its script you’ll quickly realize that none of the characters is genuine or sincere in any way. So i suppose the lead roles were in fact fashioned to imitate your average family. Perhaps it is my own aversions to falsehood, big extravagant weddings, and masquerading that make the screenplay distasteful.
Regardless, of my opinion this motion picture seamlessly brings together many Hollywood faces that we haven’t seen on the silver screen in years; namely Hiegel, Keaton, DeNiro and Williams. Even with a dose of Sheridon on the side this film falls flat. It’s awkward, abrasive humor often just feels flaky, and dry. But, I’m a prude, that doesn’t like baguettes. So for all of you that like risque nudity, sexual trysts, privileged judgmental in-laws and countless family drama, this one’s a stealer. Just don’t think about it too hard, or you’ll find yourself feeling guilty about laughing at DeNiro’s womanizing, and Hiegel’s naivety.