Weird and Amazing - Review of Family Weekend
I had come across Family Weekend (2013) a few times before but I had skipped it until today because of its somewhat low IMDb rating (5.4/10). Then today I decided to watch a couple of movies with Joey King; first the disappointing Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), then the not half bad Ramona and Beezus (2010), and finally Family Weekend which I ended up falling completely in love with.

I'm not entirely sure why or how Family Weekend managed to completely blow me away, but it did. The movie is insane, funny, clever, intriguing, and heartfelt. I don't think I've seen something quite like it before. The story is pretty bonkers and the movie contains more than its fair share of comedic elements; however, it works amazingly well on a more serious level too.

Since it was my Joey King movie day that made me give Family Weekend a go, I feel I need to mention her performance. The character Joey King portrays is a character which quite easily could have ended up seeming silly and stupid, but Joey King managed to avoid this and make the character work. The potentially comedic relief character turned out to have depth which both made me think and feel. I think this is a good way of describing the array of colorful characters in Family Weekend in general. The characters are weird and comedic but they have a depth to them that made them intriguing and moving. Also, while talking about the characters, I have to highlight Olesya Rulin's absolutely astonishing performance as the main character which is the cornerstone of Family Weekend.

I know I've gone on for longer than I usually do in my reviews, but Family Weekend completely caught me by surprise and I fell in love with it in a way that made me say "holy fucking shit" out loud the second the movie ended. Family Weekend is a weird movie; a weird and amazing movie which I'm very happy I gave a shot despite expecting it to be acceptable at best. Boy, was I wrong.

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