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Screener Squad: A Family Affair

A Family Affair Movie Review


Zara Ford (Joey King) is a young ambitious producer who’s ready to take the Hollywood bull by the horns and change the industry forever! She’s got her Pulitzer prize winning mother’s (Nicole Kidman) blessing and bottomless funds, and a foot in the door by being Mr. Blockbuster mega star Chris Cole’s (Zac Efron) personal assistant. What she didn’t expect was for these two foundations of support to ever meet and start rocking the foundations of the couch, the sofa, the shower, and the upstairs guest bedroom! Woa Booooooooy! From director Richard LaGravenese and writer Carrie Solomon. Netflix presents the romantic comedy of the summer A Family Affair‘. Zara isn’t necessarily trying to ruin her mother’s second chance on love and saucy romance but she knows everything about Chris Cole. Could the self absorbed, shallow, impatient, and petty celebrity really have the beating heart of a romantic looking for long term love deep within his soul? Zara’s dear friend Eugenie (Liza Koshy) says it’s meddle or move out of the way while Zara’s grandmother Leila (Kathy Bates) has sage wisdom to offer. Bradly, Frank, and Melina discuss the mature handling of the decade age difference between lovers’ romance in comparison to the analytics of such a coupling 10 years ago, praise the cast for elevating such an obvious studio note riddled script, and salvage the wreckage of a zany hijinks rom-com colliding with a heartfelt finding love again drama.


DIRECTED BY: Richard LaGravenese

STARRING: Joey King, Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman, Lisa Koshy, Kathy Bates




Bradly Martin (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub)

Bradly Martin was born in the united states and grew up on a healthy diet of sports, films, and books. A rather shy lad who kept to himself, Bradly soon discovered the best way to know a person was to know what people liked. Throughout the years Bradly became a fan of many things and a fanatic of none. From Doctor Dre, to Doctor Strange and the who’s who of Whos. From Playstation to the Dreamcast and Marvel to DC. From LeBron James to James Bond and Lord of the Rings to Lord Palmerston (or Pitt the Elder if you agree with Wade Boggs) and is a huge fan of dad jokes and randomly obscure Simpsons references. Armed with a vast knowledge of comics, films, and pop culture. Bradly traveled the world making friends and sharing takes. As a young man Bradly married the love of his life young and grew older every year with each new child brought into the brood. If trends continue, Scientists predict that .2% of Canada (where Bradly and family reside) will be populated by Bradly’s children by the year 2029. You can hear him leading and listening to his favorite critics on the Screener Squad and Eye on the prize and maybe even provide some comments of his own.



Frank Calvillo (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)

Born and raised in South Texas, Frank currently lives in Austin and has been in love with movies ever since his father showed him some Three Stooges shorts when he was five years old. Today he loves all kinds of film, regardless of era, country, budget or genre. He believes every film has an audience and is at least one person’s favorite movie. After writing for Sight & Sound and Slackerwood, he now writes for Cinapse where his increasingly random taste in all flavors of cinema (from Rashomon to Mars Attacks!) continues to thrive. His ultimate goal is to write a script for his boyhood crush, Michelle Pfeiffer.



Melina Eames (Screener Squad)

Melina first discovered that she carried the nerd gene at the tender age of four following her exposure to a little film called A New Hope. In the twenty-some years that followed, Melina continued to grow into her geek identity through the discovery of Batman, Mst3k, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and The Mandalorian. But perhaps her most significant discovery came at the age of fourteen when a night of YouTube mining led her to the review site of Melina became a devoted follower whose fandom did not end with the site’s demise. By then, it had worked its dark magic and left her with a love and appreciation for film criticism that she has yet to shrug.



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