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It Runs in the Family

It Runs in the Family

Folks over forty constantly complain about the lack of films they would like to see, films about families and perhaps romance.  Well, stop complaining.

It Runs in the Family has its flaws but feels real as Alex Gromberg (Michael Douglas) must minister to his elderly parents (real life mom and dad Kirk and Diana Douglas), his real life son Cameron and his own weakness for romance outside his marriage to Rebecca (Bernadette Peters).

The elderly Grombergs have been married sixty years (the two in real life have been divorced for fifty years).

Alex, while helping his father adjust to mortality, continues to search for dad's approval while son Asher (Cameron Douglas) rebels at college.  He's a rich kid that can't cope with life, love and sex.  He is an irritant in a film filled with comedy.  Younger brother Eli (Rory Culkin) on the other hand is the most secure family member.

In his 86th film at the age of 86, Kirk Douglas steals the film using his speech impediment as an asset.  He makes us laugh at his limitations as he uses them to make points with the other family members.  He understands his grandsons better than their father and most important he displays an endearing warmth which can not be resisted.

The Grombergs are every family filled with love as they drive each other nuts.  They give us a humorous story with a warm, pleasant heart.

 
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