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Family Affair Review Zac Efron Nicole Kidman rom com forgettable

Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron's chemistry shines in new rom-com 'A Family Affair', but the narrative remains superficial.

In Netflix's latest rom-com, 'A Family Affair', starring Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron, the on-screen chemistry between the two leads is undeniable. However, the overall narrative falls short of depth and substance.

Richard LaGravenese, known for his work on 'PS I Love You', crafts a story that has all the right ingredients for a successful romantic comedy. Efron plays Chris Cole, a disconnected movie star with a penchant for self-absorption and obnoxious behavior. His assistant, Zara (played by Joey King), is constantly at odds with him, yet finds herself caught in the middle when Chris starts a romance with her mother, Brooke (played by Kidman).

The central conflict of the film revolves around Zara's disapproval of her mother's relationship with Chris, citing concerns about potential heartbreak. While the premise is promising, the execution falls short of delivering a compelling narrative. The writing lacks depth, failing to truly explore the complexities of the characters and their relationships.

Efron's portrayal of Chris is charismatic and watchable, while Kidman shines in her role as Brooke, bringing depth and empathy to her character. Joey King delivers a standout performance as Zara, adding a touch of humor to the film.

Despite the strong performances from the cast, the writing of 'A Family Affair' remains superficial and lacks the emotional depth needed to truly engage the audience. The film struggles to find its footing, wavering between moments of comedy and attempts at more serious storytelling.

In the end, 'A Family Affair' leaves viewers feeling uncertain and perhaps relieved that the film has come to a close. While there are moments of charm and humor scattered throughout, the overall narrative fails to leave a lasting impact.

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