The Family Fang (2015) is Jason Bateman’s second directorial undertaking. Known predominantly for his work in Arrested Development, feature film comedies and oddball roles in more serious pieces, Bateman proved in this year’s The Gift (a scintillating debut picture by Australian actor Joel Edgerton) that he has a far greater acting range than many give him credit for. Sadly, his sophomore appearance behind the camera shows nothing of the same encouragement. Based on a comic novel by Kevin Wilson, it is an attempted meditation on the effects of failed parenting, vicarious living, and the creation of true art; with a pinch of mild sibling incest thrown in for good measure.
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