Picks and Pans Review: It Runs in the Family

updated 05/05/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/05/2003 01:00AM

Michael Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Cameron Douglas

Question: How many Douglases can you fit into a single movie?
Answer: Three generations, but why bother if this is the end result?

It Runs in the Family, starring Kirk, Michael and Cameron Douglas (see p. 75) in their real-life roles as, respectively, paterfamilias, son and grandson, is at its hammy heart a Jewish version of On Golden Pond. The Gromberg clan, wealthy New Yorkers with a weekend home on a lake, bicker and misbehave until—wait for it—they realize that they all really love each other. As sickly sweet as Passover wine, Family makes one long to call one's own family—to warn 'em off the movie. Of the scant non-Douglases in the cast, Bernadette Peters and Rory Culkin (repping another acting dynasty) hold their own as Michael's wife and younger son. (PG-13)

BOTTOM LINE: Oy!

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