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 ...
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. Mark Deming, Rovi
Michael Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Rory Culkin, Cameron Douglas, Diana Douglas. New in new packaging. Language: English. Run time: 109 mins. Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1. Originally released: 2003. STILL FACTORY SEALED. Three generations of Hollywood's Douglas clan star in this family comedy that mirrors the ups and downs of the famous family's real lives. Following in the footsteps of ON GOLDEN POND, Michael Douglas and his father Kirk appear onscreen together as a dysfunctional father and son struggling to understand one another. Michael Douglas stars as Alex Gromberg, a successful New York lawyer working in the firm that his own father, Mitchell Gromberg (Kirk Douglas), founded. While juggling his successful career, Alex has lost touch with his own family, his wife Rebecca (Bernadette Peters) suspects him of infidelity, and his two sons, college slacker Asher Gromberg (played by Douglas's real-life son, Cameron) and 11-year-old Eli Gromberg (Rory Caulkin), are eager to rebel against their successful family lineage. Desperate to understand his sons, Alex finds himself reflecting on his own relationship with his father after years of competition and bickering. At the same time, his father is struggling to accept his own mortality after surviving a debilitating stroke. Together with his wife Evelyn (played by Kirk Douglas's first wife and Michael's real-life mother, Diana Douglas), Mitchell attempts to recuperate while slowly passing the patriarchal torch to his son. The Douglas family triumphs onscreen in this heartwarming depiction of family dynamics skillfully directed by Fred Schepisi.
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