More and more films premiere on Video on Demand — if they don’t simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we’re looking at “Family Weekend,” a comedy about a teenage prodigy who takes her parents hostage, not a remake of Jean-Luc Godard’s masterpiece with an all-child cast.
Director: Benjamin Epps
Cast: Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Modine, Olesya Rulin
Official Synopsis: “Family Weekend” is the story of 16-year-old Emily Smith-Dungy, an incredibly motivated uber-achiever, who has grown increasingly frustrated with her parents’ lack of parental support and guidance. When mom Samantha (a no-nonsense high powered business executive with no time for the family) and dad Duncan (a happy go-lucky artist who can’t be bothered to earn a paycheck) miss their daughter’s big jump-roping competition, Emily hits her breaking point. Steaming from yet another parental slight, Em enlists the help of her siblings to take her parents hostage, in order to teach the family to be “normal.”
“A bit less absurdist than it sounds, but still purposeful and clever.”
“Has its sweet moments and ultimately makes its point about parent/child relationships in a unique way.”
“It runs out of steam… but great performances and an endearing chaotic energy help this one along nicely.”
“Imagine a Wes Anderson wannabe distractedly undertaking a remake of 1996’s Jamie Lee Curtis starrer ‘House Arrest,’ and you’re in the movie’s ballpark.”
“Family Weekend” is now available on VOD.