A Family Affair

July 1, 2024 - When I was a kid, there was a TV show called Family Affair. Brian Keith starred as a bachelor who took in his nieces and nephew after they became orphans. There was also the valet, Mr. French, to help guide the family through life's ups and downs. I think I would have enjoyed seeing a Netflix movie based on that show instead of the similarly-titled movie I did watch.

That PG-13 movie is called A Family Affair. It dropped on Netflix in late June. The cast includes Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and Kathy Bates.

Kidman plays an accomplished author named Brooke Harwood. Brooke hasn't written much, though, since her husband got sick and died. That was more than a decade ago. Now she lives in LA with her twenty-something daughter, Joey. Joey aspires to be in the movie business and she's starting off by working as the personal assistant to action star Chris Cole (Efron).

Cole is needy and demanding. One day, Joey decides she can't take it anymore and quits. Cole drives to Joey's house, hoping to talk her into coming back. Joey's not home but Brooke is. Tequila and sex ensue, and now Joey really doesn’t know what to do – about her job, her thirty-something boss, or her fifty-something mom.

Overall review: ** I think I could have enjoyed this movie if other actors were in the leading roles. Kathy Bates was fine as the mother-in-law. The actress who played Joey was fine. But I could not get past Kidman and Efron. It's just really hard to watch.