Family Review: “I hate everyone, but I always think I’m better than everyone else.” To understand the selfish Kate Stone (a frenzied Taylor Taylor in a series of power suits), look no further than this statement she made at the beginning of “Family, the first and strange beginning of Laura Steinel on a solitude obsessed with the A film attractive, scene by scene, but generic title, it could very well be called “About a Girl” like a thematic nod to the magnificent film of 2002 by Chris and Paul Weitz: the comedy Boring Steiner In the absence of crucial feelings, they might have made memorable story of suburb aunt-niece in its center.
It all starts with a voice-over, as they often do this kind of movies: Kate wonders how it ended in the middle of a labyrinthine and outdoor Juggalos meeting (these rebels who wear a face painting, apparently vulgar and crazy about the party) just do something good for someone for once. We soon discover how many good deeds are unusual for her, when Steinel brings us back a week during which Kate, unsatisfied, treats terribly all the people she meets. Kate, a senior executive of a hedge fund based in New Jersey, generally shakes and insults her colleagues. In one case, it shocked a pregnant colleague so much that, in reality, his controversial rudeness would have resulted in a lawsuit. In another, he denigrates the family relations of his assistant. She is not exactly a popular employee of the month or office life. although the rejection of his colleagues does not prevent him from taking a baby shower to steal a piece of cake.
Things do not seem much better at home, where the big selfish drinker wanders alone and ignores family ties. Still, his brother Joe and his wife Cheryl (Eric Edelstein and Allison Tolman) do not hesitate to ask Kate to give him the favor to see his daughter Maddie, 11 years old (Bryn Vale, disgusted amicably) while assisting Cheryl’s dying mother. . . Kate’s night visit becomes a full week during which she observes an isolated and angry child in Maddie, victim of the impossible demands of her parents. Maddie sneaks into a karate workshop taught by the affable Pete (Brian Tyree Henry), while Cheryl insists on the so-called more feminine ballet. She prefers to wear a costume for a dance at school, but was sentenced to wear a feminine dress. In addition, she appears to be disturbed at school by a group of popular malefactors. Seeing Maddie and slowly discovering her problems (while leaving her irresponsible with excessive sandwiches and Parmesan chicken every night), Kate takes her niece under her wings, especially when Maddie befriends the Juggalo crowd. an occasional meeting.