The Family Fang

Synopsis: Annie and Baxter, the adult children of the controversial husband and wife conceptual performance art couple famous for their quirky macabre public performances, have never got over the fact that their parents kept using them during their childhood in their often gory and disturbing satirical public performances. They often clash with their now elderly parents over this and blame them for their problems in their adult life. However, the two become worried when they're told by the police that their parents have gone missing during their trip outside of town. The brother considers the possibility that something horrible might have happened to them, but the sister is convinced that it's just another one of their stupid games or twisted conceptual performances. She convinces him that they should go and look for them themselves.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Jason Bateman
Production: Red Crown Productions
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min


[car engine idling]

[car engine revs]

[engine powers down]

Imagine you're dead.

Feel yourself go numb.

Start with your fingers.

Move to your hands...

your wrists...

right on up to your elbows.

Everything is dead.

If we can imagine

our own deaths

but still manage

to come back to life,

then it proves that we can

survive anything.

Now, don't be afraid.

Own the moment.

If you're in control,

then the chaos

will happen around you

and not to you.

Do you understand?

The camera's in the hat?

Yeah, it sure is.


I hope this works.

Oh, three months of prep,

it's going to be perfect.

Okay, I'll punch in

at 9:
00, same as always.

Give me 20 minutes.

We should have

a good crowd by then.

Can I taste

the fake blood again, Mom?

No, honey, the bag is sealed.

I don't want to stain my shirt.

Take a straight

and stronger course

To the corner of your life

Make the white queen

run so fast

She hasn't got time

To make you a wife

'Cause it's time

It's time in time

with your time

And its news is captured

Well, hello.

How can I help you today?

Have a nice day.

All of them.

And its news is captured


I've seen all good people

turn their heads each day

So satisfied I'm...

- I got it!

I got the gun!

- It's over. It's over.

- How could you?


Mama, no!


No, Mommy. Don't die.


And for what?


Mommy loved lollipops.

I'm telling you,

it tastes just like maple syrup.

- [laughs]

Sorry, guys. I'm so sorry.

What? I'm hungry.

We skipped breakfast.

- [laughing]

- You did good.

You did great.

Well done.

Here you go. Come on.


That was my fault.

I broke first.

I'm so sorry.

I'll see you in the car.

- Go.

- Thank you.


What in the f*ck is going on?

Ladies and gentlemen,

let this be

your trumpet call.

Life is sweet.

So taste it

while you still can.

[dramatic music]




I think I found


[bell ringing]

I mean, it's cruel.


I'm sitting there by myself

because my dad is late, damn it.

What... this is...


Damn it.


- This is...

- We're getting pretty close.

You should probably

get into your robe.

- My robe?

- We're just about ready

for the next scene,

where you're topless.

Wardrobe should have a robe

set for you in your trailer.


No. No.

The script doesn't

mention nudity.

Freeman put it in

this morning.

- Come on. He never mentioned it

to me when we rehearsed it.

In five, everyone.

You look like more

than five minutes out.

Yeah. Oh, yeah.

I'm going to be

a lot more than five.


What's up, sunshine?

You want me

to get naked.


A guy answers the door,

and I am standing there

with my tits out?

Gina wants to control

the situation.

- With her breasts?

Come on.

I... I never...

would have guessed

that you were so uptight.

You know, it's like, I mean,

Annie Fang.

You know, wild woman.

Indie darling.


Sorry to disappoint you.

You used to...

you used to do anything,

you know, for your roles.

Those aren't stories

I'm proud of, Freeman.

They're just like stupid,

stupid things

that an actor does

when they're too afraid to act.

I know better now.

That's too bad.

What? That I'm older

and wiser?

No, that...

that you've become,

like, so bourgeois,

you know, with those shitty

rom-coms and the...

Okay, that's it.

That's it, we're done.

You need to leave.

You need to leave.

- I'm just trying to help you.

- I'm not doing it.

I want to show

the world that...

that you are still

a legitimate actress.

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David Lindsay-Abaire

David Lindsay-Abaire (born November 30, 1969) is an American playwright, lyricist and screenwriter. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2007 for his play Rabbit Hole, which also earned several Tony Award nominations. more…

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