In the Family

In his remarkable directorial debut, Patrick Wang revitalizes independent Asian American filmmaking with the penetrating and wholly original In the Family. The film opens in Tennessee, where Joey (Patrick Wang) and Cody (Trevor St. John) are raising their precocious son Chip. A tragedy leaves Joey and Chip on their own and soon unravels Joey's tenuous acceptance in Cody's family. Eschewing formula and stereotype, Wang delivers a heartfelt story woven around child custody, two-dad families, parental loss, interracial relations, and the human side of the law. Rarely has the nature of what it means to be in a family been examined with such rewarding nuance.

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