A Family Thing (1996)

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By Scott Goldfine

Robert Duvall stars as a good ol’ boy from Arkansas who discovers his birth mother was black in this entertaining drama. Faced with the prospect of having lived a lie, Duvall goes to Chicago to look up his black half-brother (James Earl Jones), who’s less than thrilled to meet him.

Gradually, the brothers realize they have more in common than they thought. This warm film, co-written by Billy Bob Thornton, has fine performances. Rated PG-13.

GRADE: B+

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