The first trailer for The Family Fang has been released online. Based on the bestselling novel by author Kevin Wilson, the film stars Jason Bateman and Nicole Kidman as the children of two celebrated New York performance artists who, now in adulthood, struggle to come to terms with the effect their parents had on their lives. Complicating matters is the fact that their parents, played by Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett, suddenly go missing, with the siblings at odds as to whether this is another stunt or if their parents are actually in peril.
Bateman directs this film as his follow-up to the swell R-rated comedy Bad Words, and it’s an ambitious choice of material given the darkly comedic and somewhat serious tone of this particular adaptation. I caught the film at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and it’s a refreshingly unique spin on the “dysfunctional family” genre with solid performances from Kidman and Bateman, though some pacing issues and tonal inconsistencies make it an at-times frustrating watch. It’s certainly worth seeing, and this trailer does a nice job of capturing the feel of the film, which—like its source material—is an odd duck.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Family Fang:
Adult siblings Baxter (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Nicole Kidman), scarred from an unconventional upbringing, return to their family home after an unlikely accident. When their parents (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett) — performance artists famous for elaborate public hoaxes — suddenly go missing under troubling circumstances, Baxter and Annie investigate. Unsure whether it’s foul play or just another elaborate ruse, nothing can prepare them for what they discover.