Adam Scott stars in a comedy about one deeply dysfunctional family. Since his parents’ divorce twenty years ago, Carter has been a go-between carefully trying to keep the peace. But when his baby brother attempts to throw a big family wedding, all hell breaks loose and Carter is forced to pick up the pieces or lose his mind trying. Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara, Amy Poehler, and Jane Lynch co-star; Stu Zicherman directs. Read our full review.
The ties that bind can hold us close, trip us up, or send us sprawling. Whether you’re crushing on your brother’s new girlfriend, enabling his delusion or trying to get him out of a rut, it’s a universal truth that family is complicated. Luckily—as seen in these three titles—it can also be pretty hilarious.
The Vicious Kind (2009) For a darker dose of family comedy, try out this tension-filled indie that also stars Adam Scott. Here he plays Caleb Sinclaire, the ostracized older son of a cantankerous widower (J.K. Simmons). When his kid brother comes home from college with a new girlfriend, Caleb follows. But despite his best efforts to do good, he causes all kinds of trouble. Brittany Snow and Alex Frost co-star; Lee Toland Krieger directs.
Lars and the Real Girl (2007) Ryan Gosling stars as a shy and lonely small towner who stuns his family and neighbors when his introduces them to his new girlfriend, a life-sized sex doll. Initially revolted, his brother and sister-in-law attempt to be compassionate about Lars’ new love interest, and play into his delusion that she’s a real woman. But will the rest of the town follow their lead? Emily Mortimer and Paul Schneider co-star; Craig Gillespie directs.
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011) Jason Segel and Ed Helms co-star as siblings in a comedy from writing-directing brother team Jay and Mark Duplass. Jeff and Pat have little in common but blood. One still lives in mom's basement. The other is struggling to be anything but mediocre in his work and marriage. But on one fateful day they will rediscover their bond as one chases his destiny, and the other chases his potentially adulterous wife. Susan Sarandon and Judy Greer co-star; the Duplass Bros. direct.