Family Values | Chicago Reader

Family Values

Chicagoan Derek Dow wrote and directed this 2006 digital video about two teenage brothers struggling to find their places in life after their mother dies. Living with their older cousin, an alcoholic painter, the brothers each face a personal hurdle: one, a popular athlete, must deal with his confused sexuality, while the other, a charming troublemaker, confronts the consequences of his explosive temper. Dow takes some structural risks with the story, creating a lively pastiche before pulling the narrative threads together into a conventional and less interesting tale of moral uplift. Despite this cop-out and some significant technical limitations (especially in the sound and editing), this is a winning debut; Dow displays a real gift with actors, drawing fresh and natural performances from his excellent cast. 125 min.


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