Familiar Strangers

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  • PG-13
  • 2008
  • 1 hr 26 min
  • 5.6  (499)

Familiar Strangers is a 2008 comedy-drama film directed by Zachary Adler and written by John Bell. The movie revolves around the Thanksgiving Day holiday and follows the dysfunctional suburban family of the Worthingtons. The main character of the movie is Brian Worthington (Shawn Hatosy), the youngest son of the family, who has left his hometown and moved to the city to start a career as a writer. Brian is a rebellious young man who is struggling to define himself and his place in the world. He has a complicated relationship with his parents, especially his father Frank (Tom Bower), who he feels has never fully supported his dreams.

When Brian decides to return home for Thanksgiving, he finds that the dynamics of the family have not changed since he left. His sister Allison (Nikki DeLoach) is still trying to be the perfect daughter, while his brother Keith (DJ Qualls) is still living at home and working at the local video rental store. Meanwhile, their parents are dealing with their own issues, including Frank's health problems and the financial strain of the failing family business.

As the family gathers for Thanksgiving dinner, tensions rise, and old grudges resurface. However, when a unexpected guest arrives, the family is forced to confront their problems and work together to overcome them.

Familiar Strangers is a heartfelt and often hilarious exploration of family relationships and the difficulties of growing up. The movie is filled with memorable characters, including the eccentric Uncle Lou (Bruce Nozick) and Brian's childhood crush Tracy (Cameron Richardson). The actors deliver strong performances, particularly Hatosy, Qualls, and Bower, who bring depth and nuance to their roles.

One of the strengths of the movie is its ability to balance comedy and drama. The movie has many laugh-out-loud moments, but it also deals with serious issues like family conflict, illness, and financial struggle. Despite these heavy topics, the movie never becomes overly sentimental or melodramatic.

The film also has a strong sense of place. The small town where the Worthingtons live is portrayed as a close-knit community where everyone knows each other's business. The movie captures the feeling of returning home after years away and the bittersweet nostalgia that comes with it.

Overall, Familiar Strangers is a charming and relatable movie that will resonate with anyone who has had to navigate the difficulties of family relationships. It is a reminder that, no matter how far we roam, our roots and the people we love will always be a part of us.

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    5.6  (499)