Dysfunctional Families

Perhaps because it's something nearly all of us can relate to (apart from The Bradys), messed-up families have always been a popular subject for filmmakers in all genres. Whether you're playing it for laughs ('Arrested Development', 'Go For Zucker'), drama ('Kramer vs Kramer', 'Nil By Mouth'), or thrills ('The Quiet Family', 'Olivier, Olivier') the family dynamic is a deep well of ready-made love/hate relationships, seething resentments and hidden secrets. What more could a filmmaker, or a film-watcher, ask for!

Family Business (1989)

Director: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Matthew Broderick, Sean Connery, Rosanna DeSoto

The three generations of the McMullen family have never gotten along - Grandfather Jesse (Sean Connery) has led a full and happy life of crime! His so... Read more

Father Of The Bride (1950)

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Starring: Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Don Taylor, Billie Burke, Leo G C...

This comic, sentimental gem stars Spencer Tracy as a dad, coping with one emergency after another, as daughter Elizabeth Taylor prepares to walk down... Read more

Father Of The Bride (1991)

Director: Charles Shyer
Starring: Diane Keaton, Kieran Culkin, Martin Short, Steve Martin, Kimberly Williams, Geor...

A good remake of the '50s comedy masterpiece about a father unwilling to let go of his little girl. Steve Martin, Diane Keaton and Martin Short star. Read more

Father's Little Dividend (1951)

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Starring: Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy, Don Taylor, Billie Burke

This sequel to the 1950 comedy hit 'Father of the Bride' finds Spencer Tracy and Joan Bennett returning as Stanley and Ellie Banks, the parents of new... Read more

Festen ( The Celebration ) (1998)

Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Starring: Thomas Bo Larsen, Henning Moritzen, Paprika Steen, Ulrich Thomsen

A hugely dysfunctional family arrives at a secluded hotel for a 60th birthday party for the family patriarch. Suffice it to say, things don't go as ch... Read more

Fido (2007)

Director: Andrew Currie
Starring: Billy Connolly, Carrie-Anne Moss, Dylan Baker, Henry Czerny, Tim Blake Nelson, K...

Skillfully blending elements of comedy and horror, this quirky indie effort set in a retro-styled futuristic society chronicles the offbeat friendship... Read more

Finding Amanda (2008)

Director: Peter Tolan
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Brittany Snow, Maura Tierney, Peter Facinelli, Steve Coogan

Matthew Broderick stars as Taylor, a hack TV writer, hopelessly, but secretly, addicted to gambling, alcohol and drugs. Which makes dealing with the c... Read more

For Good (2003)

Director: Stuart McKenzie
Starring: Michelle Langstone, Timothy Balme, Miranda Harcourt, Tim Gordon, Adam Gardiner,...

Would-be journalist Lisa Pearce is haunted by the abduction and murder of her childhood companion. When Lisa confronts the killer, she sparks a devast... Read more

Force Majeure (2014)

Director: Ruben Östlund
Starring: Clara Wettergren, Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Kristofer Hivju, Fanni Me...

Cannes observers were stunned that this provocative and improbably entertaining new film by Swedish director Ruben Östlund wasn't selected for competi... Read more

Forrest Gump (Blu-Ray) (1994)

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Gary Sinise, Haley Joel Osment, Peter Dobson, Robin Wright, Sally Field, Tom Han...

Slow-witted Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) has never thought of himself as disadvantaged, and thanks to his supportive mother (Sally Field), he leads anythi... Read more