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Directed by Mike Akel

2011

USA

93 minutes

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Houston-based filmmaker Mike Akel (Chalk) returns to the MFAH with his latest feature. An Ordinary Family is a humorous drama about one family, two brothers, and a really big problem. The Biedermans’ annual family reunion gets rocky when Seth arrives with his new boyfriend. No one bats an eye except his brother Thomas, a married man of the cloth. Despite a well-meaning attempt to surprise everyone, things do not go as planned, throwing Thomas and the family into an awkward, week-long vacation where everyone has problems and no one wants to talk about them. 

“If Chalk was a playfully funny film, then An Ordinary Family is a bittersweet one, with Akel again emphasizing an easy rapport between his characters that seems remarkably akin to real life.” —Los Angeles Film Festival