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Dysfunctional Family Comedies

Before you visit your loved ones this holiday season, take a moment to ponder how lucky you are that you don't belong to the following families.

A Christmas Tale (Un Conte de NoŽl)
The Vuillard family is no stranger to physical/mental illness, loss, and banishment. But when the matriarch becomes in need of a transplant, the whole family is forced to come together, emotional baggage and all, just in time for Christmas.
 
City Island
Vince Rizzo is an upstanding family man who works as a corrections officer, but secretly longs to be an actor. When Vince is asked to reveal his biggest secret in an acting class, he inadvertently sets off a chaotic chain of events that turns his suburban life upside-down. It soon becomes clear that everyone in his family has something to hide.
 
The Family Stone
Everett brings his fiancť Meredith home to meet his family for the Christmas holiday, and it's an instant disaster when the entire clan decides that Meredith is way too uptight to be welcomed into their family. Wanting to please Everett and get along with his family, Meredith recruits her sister Julie to help her thaw the Stone family cold front, leading to even more disaster.
 
The Family That Preys
Working-class Alice and wealthy Charlotte are friends and mothers who have supported each other through all that their families have gone through over the years. Unfortunately, their families are now embroiled in a new turmoil --with each other. Can the two women save their children from the dark secrets and dirty deeds that threaten to destroy them all?
 
Little Miss Sunshine
Olive is a little girl who dreams of winning the Little Miss Sunshine contest. Her family wants her dream to come true, but they are so dysfunctional that they can barely make it through a day without some disaster befalling them. When Olive is invited to compete in the pageant in California, the family hit the road in their rusted-out VW bus to rally behind her and work through their issues.
 
The Royal Tenenbaums
Three grown prodigies, all with a unique genius of some kind, and their mother are staying at the family household. Their father, Royal, had left them long ago, but now returns to make things right with his family.
 
Step Brothers
Brennan and Dale are two middle-aged loafers who are forced to live together when their parents get married. When their immature antics over TV privileges and personal property take their toll on their parents' marriage, the devious duo hatch a scheme to reunite the couple.
 
National Lampoon's Vacation
A suburban Chicago family travels across the United States on a comic trek to an amusement park, and encounters a series of disasters along the way.
 
Sixteen Candles
Samantha Baker is ready to make the most of her sweet sixteenth birthday, but only if someone, anyone from her family would just remember it. For her birthday, she has to endure creepy freshmen, spoiled siblings, confused parents and the beauty who stands in the way of the boy of her dreams.
 
The Squid and the Whale
Two young boys are dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s. The patriarch of an eccentric Brooklyn family claims to once have been a great novelist, but ultimately decided to settle into a teaching job. When his wife discovers a writing talent of her own, jealousy divides the family. The two teenage sons are forced to forge new relationships with their parents. Their mom begins dating her younger son's tennis coach. Meanwhile, dad has an affair with the student his older son is pursuing.
 
Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins
When a celebrated TV show host returns to his hometown in the South, his family is there to remind him that going home is no vacation. It's one predicament after another when big-city attitude and small-town values collide.