Manson Family Vacation Movie Info:.
Nick Morgan (Jay Duplass) has it all: a loving family. a beautiful home and a successful law practice in Los Angeles. His estranged brother Conrad (Linas Phillips) has nothing but a backpack. When Conrad shows up for a surprise visit. all he wants to do in town is go to the infamous Manson Family murder sites. Reluctantly. Nick joins him and ends up on a road trip that leads the brothers into the modern-day world of Charles Manson.
Initial release: March 16. 2015.
Director:. J. Davis.
Running time:. 1h 24m.
Screenplay:. J. Davis.
Music composed by:. Heather McIntosh.
Stars:. Jay Duplass. Linas Phillips. Leonora Pitts.
A familiar relational dynamic — the responsible square vs. the hopeless screw-up — gets an affecting workout in “Manson Family Vacation.” a tale of two bickersome brothers who find tentative reconciliation awaiting them at the end of a long. strange trip. With fewer bigscreen acting credits to his name than his own brother and frequent collaborator Mark. Jay Duplass makes a welcome co-lead here as an uptight family man dealing with the latest shenanigans cooked up by his visiting older sibling. a death-obsessed drifter played with equal assurance by Linas Phillips (“Bass Ackwards”). Their persuasive chemistry should generate modest attention for writer-director J. Davis’ slender but engaging seriocomedy. while providing an early test of Netflix’s potential in the feature-distribution arena.
Hard-working Los Angeles attorney Nick (Duplass) isn’t thrilled to learn that his older brother. Conrad (Phillips). is coming to town for a visit on typically short notice. After the obligatory surprise greeting (Conrad being an inveterate prankster). Davis’ efficient script paints a picture of two polar opposites: Whereas Nick has a wife (Leonora Pitts). a young son (Max Chernick) and a thriving law practice. black sheep Conrad has no personal or professional attachments to speak of. He’s just quit his latest dead-end job. though he’s been offered some vague promise of work at some “environmental organization. in Death Valley. to which he’s passing through L.A. en route.