The Family Fang

2016 R 1h 46m DVD

The Family Fang

2016 R 1h 46m DVD
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Raised in a household dominated by their performance-artist parents, Annie and Buster have stayed far away as adults. But after an accident lands Buster back home and Annie joins him, things take an unexpected turn when Mom and Dad vanish.
Jason Butler Harner, Maryann Plunkett, Nicole Kidman, Kathryn Hahn, Christopher Walken, Jason Bateman
Jason Bateman
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Family Fang is a book-based indie drama (directed by and starring Jason Bateman) that deals with fairly intense subjects, including growing up in a dysfunctional home and a couple's apparent disappearance. As part of their eccentric parents' performance art pieces, kids are put in bizarre situations that have them pretending they've been shot or buried alive. There are also references to drinking too much and overdependence on painkillers, as well as swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"). A main character is accidentally shot, a car is found by the side of the road (passengers missing and blood smeared on the dashboard), and a topless actress is shown from behind.

Sexual Content

An actress with a reputation for being wild parades around without her top on (she's seen from behind); afterward, a photo with a strategically placed black bar appears in a tabloid. In another scene, a man in his underwear is seen in the background, clearly looking for the rest of his clothing while a woman talks on the phone. References to infidelity.


Some of the Fangs' performance art, including pieces that feature children, have violent undertones -- like one in which a young boy flashes a gun in a bank, leading to a shoot-out. A car is found by the side of the road, passengers missing and blood smeared on the dashboard. A man is shot in the head with a potato gun.


Frequent use of words including "s--t" and "f--k."

Social Behavior

Strong sibling relationships can see you through even the worst traumas.


Products seen/featured include Apple and Saab.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

One character admits she's drinking too much. Another seems especially quick to pop his pain pills.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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