Manson Family Vacation (2015) Movie Review

Manson Family Vacation (2015)

2015 | Thriller, Drama, Comedy
84 minutes /

User Score: 53/100


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Manson Family Vacation Review

Synopsis:

Two brothers tour Charles Manson murder sites. One is a devoted family man. One is devoted to The Family.

Manson Family Vacation (2015) is an American comedy drama thriller movie that in my opinion is not a thriller or comedy film. J. Davis (Kevin (2011), Soundtracker (2010), D4G (2001)) is the second-time writer, producer and first-time director of this great film. Manson Family Vacation is 84 minutes of entertainment that was shot in Yucca Valley, California, USA. The movie received $40,607 via a Kickstarter campaign that was $607 more than the target amount. The film contains brief nudity, Charles Manson, road trip, and Manson family. I cannot imagine how/why a killer, Charles Manson can get so much fame from horrifying acts he committed, albeit indirectly some may argue. I believe that this recognition will encourage more people to become killers or commit other acts that can also gain them fame regardless if it is negative publicity, they will be in the spotlight. Wrongdoers should not be recognized in the movie industry or any media except for the new to enlighten the world about these dangerous people.

Nick (Jay Duplass - Togetherness (2015), Transparent (2014), Cyrus (2010), The Puffy Chair (2005)) and Conrad are brothers who have not seen each other for several years. Nick is a happily responsible married man whom has a son and is also a partner at a successful law firm. Conrad (Linas Phillips - Bass Ackwards (2010), April in New York (2001), Rainbow Time (2016)) is an irresponsibly failed artist that travels a great deal. Conrad did not attend their father’s funeral but decides to visit his brother wearing a Charles Manson shirt before he sets out on his new journey to work at a job in Death Valley. Conrad is extremely obsessed with Charles Manson and invites Nick to explore the murder landmarks of Manson. The brothers did not know that their lives are about to change forever, and it is not for the good but bad. The brothers had their good times where they bonded over a game of pool amongst other things. The guys parents adopted Conrad because they could not conceive but shortly after, Nick was conceived, and the pregnancy was successful.

There is some humor but it is scorched comedy, and there is thrills but nothing to the extreme to label this movie under the category. Manson Family Vacation succeeds in delivering an entertaining feast once I put the idea of Charles Manson behind me. The brothers did an excellent job with their performances; it was believable, and they did not have to speak to feel the tension between them. I would recommend fans who love themselves a good drama movie to see this film because that is what I would categorize it under. I gave this movie a five because it was an okay watch but is not something that I will watch again.


About Manson Family Vacation (2015)

Title: Manson Family Vacation
Year: 2015
Runtime: 84 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Comedy
Reviewer:
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 2.65/5 stars from 15 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 15
Starring: Tobin Bell, Will C., Jonathan Brooks, Matt Bennett, Brent Alan Henry, Justin M. Rasch, Ray Laska, Orson Chaplin, Samantha Kern, Eddie Driscoll, Amy Adair, Danielle Dauenhauer, Larry Duplass, Frank Gerrish, Suzanne Ford, Greg Ryan, Mikey Tellez, Jay Duplass, Bruce Van Patten, Linas Phillips, Leonora Pitts, Adam Chernick, Davie-Blue, Danette Wilson, Isaac Reardon Berger
Writers: J. Davis
Director: J. Davis

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