Relative Stranger

Relative Stranger

Charles Burnett (2009)

PG Certificate


Our Score
ER's Eriq La Salle learns about the importance of family in this syrupy but solid melodrama. He plays a struggling former American football star who reluctantly returns home following his father's death, to face the kin he deserted six years previously. The stormy conflict that ensues is milked for maximum impact, tugging at the heart at every opportunity. However, it's the quality performances that ultimately carry events, making the emotions on show feel honest even when the plot is at its most contrived and predictable. As a result, thinly sketched characters and La Salle's unconvincing backstory become less grating, and are forgotten completely in a genuinely poignant, if reductive, finale.


An American football player who walked out on his wife and children six years earlier is forced to face up to his past mistakes as he attends his father's funeral. Reunited with the family he abandoned, he tries to rebuild their relationship - but begins to wonder whether they would be better off without him. Drama, starring Eriq La Salle and Michael Michele.

Cast & Crew

Walter Eriq La Salle
Charlotte Michael Michele
James Clemons Michael Beach
Denise Dana Davis
Nicole Tate Sherri Saum
Andy Carlos McCullers II
Gary Dan Castellaneta
William Kirkland Alan Fudge
Director Charles Burnett
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Some violence.