First Look: Clip and photos from THE FAMILY TREE

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
June 16th, 2011

From director Vivi Friedman comes THE FAMILY TREE, a star-packed indie that takes a soap opera plotline and turns it into a funny and sweet look at the very nature of family. Starring Hope Davis and Dermot Mulroney as Bunnie and Jack Burnett, the already troubled couple (and family of teen twins) find their lives even more messy than usual when Bunnie gets hit with a case of amnesia. The Burnetts take a chance to turn their dysfunction back into function. The cast is rounded out by Max Thieriot, Britt Robertson, Chi McBride, Keith Carradine, Madeline Zima, Shad “Bow Wow” Moss, Christina Hendricks, Gabrielle Anwar, Evan Handler, and Jane Seymour.

After the break, check out a first look at THE FAMILY TREE with an additional picture and a clip that shows us a little more of what we can expect when the Burnetts hit the therapist's couch to turn their frowns upside-down, along with the film's official synopsis.

"Life in suburban Serenity, Ohio is never quite as serene as it appears. The dysfunctional Burnett family – Bunnie (Hope Davis), Jack (Dermot Mulroney) and their twin 17 year olds Eric (Max Thieriot) and Kelly (Britt Robertson) – seems like a lost cause.  When a freak accident leaves Bunnie with a case of amnesia, the Burnetts get an unexpected second chance at happiness. Meanwhile, next door neighbor Simon (Chi McBride) is relieved that his tryst gone wrong with Bunnie remains undetected, at least for the moment.  Before long, a slew of past relationships, kids with guns, a suicidal teacher, a very zealous religious club, misinterpreted advances, corporate down-sizing, and one fateful squirrel combine to create enough mayhem to test the resolve, sanity and future of any family!
THE FAMILY TREE, starring Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Max Thieriot, Britt Robertson, Chi McBride, Keith Carradine, Madeline Zima, Shad 'Bow Wow' Moss, Christina Hendricks, Gabrielle Anwar, Evan Handler, and Jane Seymour, is a hilarious, touching, and offbeat comedy which explores the frailties and complexities of the contemporary American family – and what it takes to survive in a suburban jungle.  After all, every family has its hang-ups."

THE FAMILY TREE opens on August 26.

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