Family Plot (1976)

Alfred Hitchcock’s final film is a bit on the underwhelming side. The story itself is intriguing but seems better suited to a novel than a movie, as the plot has a tendency to meander with little focus while the characters aren’t particularly well developed or likable. There’s a tense scene involving a highway and an out-of-control car, and the cast is strong (in particular Barbara Harris, Bruce Dern and the always-welcome Karen Black), but the movie is also overlong and occasionally tedious. However, the recurring dashes of humor are a nice touch, and it gives the proceedings a levity that’s effectively contrasted with the more serious aspects of its storyline, but there just isn’t much to it overall.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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