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    “The Ending Didn’t Satisfy Us Emotionally”: ‘A Family Affair’ Director Reveals Film’s Alternate Ending That Was Scrapped Last Moment  

    The 2024 American romantic comedy film, ‘A Family Affair‘ directed by Richard LaGravenese is currently streaming on Netflix. The film features Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, Joey King, Liza Koshy, and Kathy Bates. It tells a beautiful love story between a widowed memoirist and a soulful movie star. 

    Kidman plays Brooke, a widowed memoirist who finds her heart stolen by a movie star, Chris Cole. Chris Cole is played by none other than ‘The Highschool Musical‘ star Zac Efron. However, Brooke’s teenage daughter gets trapped in between their relationship as Chris is her boss. The movie might sound like a cliche but the ending has left the audience’s hearts full of love. But it wasn’t what was originally planned.

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    The Family Affair’ Has A Beautiful But Altered Climax

    Nicole Kidman, Joey King and Zac Efron
    Nicole Kidman, Joey King and Zac Efron

    The Netflix movie comes to a beautiful ending with a heartfelt scene. In the story, Zara did finds it difficult to accept the romance between her mother and her boss, played by Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron respectively. However, she finally comes to terms with it because of her guilt of taking away her mother’s happiness from her.

    In an attempt to undo her mistake, she arranges a surprise reunion for Brooke and Chris at a supermarket. As Brooke and Chris meet again, they share a kiss and a vow to give their relationship another go. Surrounding them, gentle rain falls on the vegetables, a genius move on Zara’s part. Screenwriter Carrie Solomon has explained the scene in details, revealing the symbolism behind it. 

    We rigged up a little rainstorm over the produce. It was kind of a joke on movie magic, which wound up being funny and beautiful at the same time,” Carrie said. “That’s exactly the balance we were trying to strike with the whole movie.”

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    Why Was ‘The Family Affair’s Original Ending Changed?

    Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron
    Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron

    Carrie Solomon also explained that the movie was supposed to have a different ending. At the beginning of the movie, Chris takes Brooke on their first date to a Hollywood backlot. There they dress up as retro characters and the ending was supposed to have them reconnect on the same stage. 

    However, the director Richard Lagravenese explained why they changed the ending. “But after shooting the movie and seeing it, we realized that the ending didn’t satisfy us emotionally,” he said.

    It was both too trope-y and not trope-y enough. It also didn’t incorporate Zara enough and didn’t give us the right cap to her journey,” he added. Thank god for that! The audience received a mesmerizing ending thanks to Lagravenese’s feelings. 

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    Nilova Jasu
    Nilova Jasu
    Nilova Jasu is an entertainment author at FirstCuriosity. With prior experience working at various celebrity blogs, she takes pride in being a know-it-all when it comes to pop culture. Being a student of medicine, Grey's Anatomy is Nilova's 'comfort watch'. A massive fan of Robert Downey Jr, whenever she is not reading up on the latest celebrity scoop on Instagram and Twitter, Nilova's busy buring her head in storybooks, playing with her pet cats or bingeing on the latest Netflix release.

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