YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR FAMILY
MIRANDA BAILEY | USA | ENGLISH | 2017 | 112 MIN
In this uproarious comedy of errors, an angsty teen on his last spring break discovers that his father (Jim Gaffigan) is not as uptight as he once thought—at least not with his second family.
With a dreaded future in the family ketchup business all but set in stone, high school wallflower Philip (Logan Miller) hopelessly dreams of escaping his small town to pursue his passion for music at NYU. Under the imperius tutelage of family patriarch Frank (Jim Gaffigan), Philip accepts his disappointing fate. But before he becomes a drone in the condiment conglomerate and forcibly attends a local university, Philip sneaks away to a forbidden spring break festival with promises of beers and babes. The bitter son gets more than he bargained for when he discovers his father has not been jet-setting to Japan for business, but actually spending weekends as an affectionate father and doting husband as part of a beautiful, loving, and totally second family! With this new knowledge in hand, Philip seeks to take advantage of Frank’s secret and follow his own dreams, as long as he can avoid the flirtatious glances from his half-sister Kelly (Isabelle Phillips). Steeped in a nostalgic, early-90s glow, the debut feature from director Miranda Bailey plays like an inverted PARENT TRAP that hilariously builds off of each lie and scheme between two disparate personalities until the whole family tree is left uprooted.
CAST: Jim Gaffigan, Logan Miller, Samantha Mathis, Alex Karpovsky
In Competition: First Feature Award
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