• Publication date: July 6, 2009

Three Generations Of Actors Unite A Part Fact & Part Fiction Mirror Into A Prominent Hollywood Family�s Lives

The Douglas family has spawned three generations of actors. Its patriarch, Kirk Douglas has been acting since 1946, starring in nearly 100 major motion pictures. His son, Michael rose to prominence in the 70s as producer of the 1975 classic, �One Flew Over The Cuckoo�s Nest.�

The Douglas family has spawned three generations of actors. Its patriarch, Kirk Douglas has been acting since 1946, starring in nearly 100 major motion pictures. His son, Michael rose to prominence in the 70s as producer of the 1975 classic, �One Flew Over The Cuckoo�s Nest.� Later, he would appear in dozens of other films including notable hits such as �Fatal Attraction,� �Wall Street� (1987), and �Basic Instinct� (1992) � just to name a few. Naturally Michael�s son, Cameron continues the family tradition and has appeared alongside Jackie Chan in �Mr. Nice Guy� (1997) and in National Lampoon�s �Adam & Eve� (2005).

2003�s �It Runs In The Family� is an attempt to bring the Douglas family dynamic to the big screen, though covertly. The film stars Kirk, Michael, and Cameron Douglas, in addition to Diana Dill, Michael�s grandmother. While the film is not autobiographical, the emotions and interactions between characters are often quite real. Indeed, some of the family�s known problems such as infidelity, Kirk�s stroke, and drug addiction are reflected in the film � though indirectly.

Unsurprisingly, Kirk Douglas depicts the senior member of the family who has recently faced a near death experience. Realizing that death is soon approaching, Mitchell Gromberg (Kirk) is in a frantic attempt to reconcile mistakes he has made in rearing his son; at the same time he struggles to form an intergenerational bond between both his son and grandson.

All three characters share a common characteristic: they are struggling with their futures in relation to their respective ages. Mitchell struggles with an end life crisis, Alex struggles with a midlife crisis, and Asher (Cameron) struggles with the confusion of early adulthood. Alex, a high profile New York City lawyer feels indifferent about the morality of his job, where his clients are primarily corrupt corruptions. The fact that Alex inherited his law practice from his father to some extent fuels his ambiguity.

Asher is a stoner stumbling through his fifth year of college. His future seems bleak, and the girl he adores � an extremely studious classmate, has no interest in a slouching drug addict. He shares similarities with his father: he is not sure what he desires in life, and is afraid of making the wrong decision. At the same time his relationship with Alex mimics the distant relationship between his father and grandfather.

Last but not least there is the youngest man in the family, 11-year-old Eli who is experiencing his first crush and will soon experience his first kiss.

�It Runs In The Family� is rated PG-13 for drug content, sexual material and language. The picture�s runtime is 109 minutes.