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268 Ratings

In the Family

Directed by Patrick Wang
United States, 2011
Drama, Romance


Chip Hines, a precocious six year old, has only known life with his two dads, Cody and Joey. When Cody dies suddenly in a car accident, Joey and Chip struggle to find their footing again. Just as they begin to, Cody’s will reveals that he named his sister as Chip’s guardian.

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In the Family Directed by Patrick Wang

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2012 | Nominee: Best First Feature

Village Voice Film Poll

2012 | 3rd place: Best First Feature

Imagine a raw-nerved Cassavetes feature shot with rigorous Zen contemplativeness and you’ll have a sense of In the Family’s mesmeric style, which gives every single character their dignified due.
November 12, 2012
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The movie could have been a tale of high drama, even melodrama, but avoids both by focusing on the people, not the problems. Wang wants us to really know who these people are, and in a film with a fairly large cast, that he manages to give us something human in almost all of his characters is downright amazing.
September 17, 2012
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This is one of the most exciting and thoughtful American indies to emerge in recent years. Very few films have simultaneously explored race and sexuality conflicts with such nuance—setting them in motion without succumbing to moralistic conclusions—topped by a lengthy, heartfelt climax that gives a brilliant new twist on the old courtroom battle motif. A shining example of filmmaking for our times: what the new American cinema can and should be.
April 20, 2012
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