New Release: The Family Tree DVD and Blu-ray

Release Date: Nov. 22, 2011
Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98
Studio: Entertainment One


The Family Tree movie scene

A dysfunction quartet takes a breather in The Family Tree.

A bizarre accident leaves a desperate housewife with a case of amnesia and a family that turns their dysfunctional setting up to “11” in the 2011 independent comedy film The Family Tree.

The housewife who sets the story into motion is Serenity, Ohio’s Bunny Burnett (Hope Davis, TV’s Mildred Pierce), and her family  includes husband Jack (Dermot Mulroney, Jolene) and their twin 17-year-olds Eric (Max Theriot, Chloe) and Kelly (Britt Robertson, Scream 4). One wouldn’t think that Bunny’s amnesiac condition couldn’t make things any better — the family’s “problems” include a stew of past relationships, kids with guns, suicidal teachers, a very zealous religious club, misinterpreted advances, corporate down-sizing and one very tricky mother-in-law — but, somehow, her loss of memory does wonders for everyone!

The first film directed by Vivi Friedman, The Family Tree offers a handful of familiar supporting players, including Christina Hendricks (Life as We Know It), Selma Blair (Hellboy II: The Golden Army), “Bow Wow” Moss (Madea’s Big Happy Family), Gabrielle Anwar (TV’s Burn Notice), Jane Seymour (Love Wedding Marriage) and Keith Carradine (Cowboys & Aliens).

The R-rated movie popped up on a pair of screens in a limited release to U.S. theaters in August 2011 to acceptable but unexcited reviews by critics.

The Blu-ray and DVD include a making-of featurette and cast/crew interviews as bonus features.

Here’s the trailer, which plays up the family’s dysfunctions:

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.