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It Runs in the Family

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Source: Catholic News Service

Pleasantly affecting serio-comedy about three dysfunctional generations of fathers and sons exploring the foibles and follies of life, love and parenting. Directed by Fred Schepisi, the on-screen chemistry of Tinseltown father-son combo Kirk and Michael Douglas facilitates the theme of reconciliation and family unity to emerge with emotional honesty despite the at times schmaltzy sentimentality of the narrative. Recurring drug abuse and sexual situations, as well as minimal vulgarities and an instance of rough language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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