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A family takes on the difficult task of learning how to get along with one another in this emotional comedy drama. Alex Gromberg (Michael Douglas) is a middle-aged man who feels caught in the middle of his familial obligations as he muddles he way through a midlife crisis. While a successful businessman, Alex sometimes still feels as if he's under the shadow of his father, Mitchell Gromberg (Kirk Douglas), a successful attorney whose skills in the courtroom outstripped his gifts as a parent. Elderly Mitchell has recently survived a stroke, and Alex and Mitchell want to mend their relationship while there's still time, but making it so proves difficult, even with Alex getting advice from his wife, psychologist Rebecca (Bernadette Peters), and Mitchell being prodded by his long-suffering wife, Evelyn (Diana Douglas). Alex is also trying to reach out to his two sons, who are as different as night and day; college student Asher (Cameron Douglas) is an aspiring club DJ who seems to be styling himself to bear no resemblance to his father, while 11-year-old Eli (Rory Culkin) is an overly serious lad who is having trouble navigating the first steps of adolescence. It Runs in the Family marked the first time Kirk Douglas acted in a film with his son Michael Douglas; adding to the family atmosphere was Michael's son Cameron Douglas, working with his family for the first time, and Diana Douglas, Kirk's former wife and Michael's mother.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 97
- Fresh: 27
- Rotten: 70
- Average Rating: 4.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Achingly long and pointless, Runs is a movie about family that's dishonest in its presentation of every relationship.
Rotten: Edgier and a lot less sappy than you'd expect, but there are way too many complications in the mix.
Rotten: Three generations of the Kirk Douglas family strain against mawkish material about a dysfunctional family that ties up all its loose ends in 109 cringe-worthy minutes.
Rotten: A messy movie about the messiness that family life often involves.
Rent It First
I have always been a fan of Kirk and Michael Douglas as well as Bernadette Peters, but I have to say that this movie is awful. The best scenes come from those in the previews, however, after seeing the movie and knowing what those scenes represent, I would say rent it first. Michael and Kirk have a great father-son relationship and there are a few great one-liners in the film, but overall, the movie isn't funny. It's somewhat sad. Michael Douglas's character does not take control of his family. In fact, by the end of the film he has lost a grasp on what family means and I felt like Cameron Douglas's character did not rightfully deserve the sympathy he received from his father, another sure sign that Michael's character lost his grasp on the plot.
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 2003
- © 2003 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved.