It Runs in the Family (film) Buena Vista International handled the foreign distribution and MGM the domestic distribution of this film from Further Films. Three generations of an American family, living separate lives, each in its own dysfuctional way, comes together every once in awhile to laugh, to fight, to cry, and to care for each other. Directed by Frank Schepisi. U.S. release on April 25, 2003. Stars Michael Douglas (Alex Gromberg), Kirk Douglas (Mitchell Gromberg), Bernadette Peters (Rebecca), Diana Douglas (Evelyn), Cameron Douglas (Asher), Rory Culkin (Eli). Kirk Douglas is Michael’s father, Diana Douglas his mother, and Cameron Douglas his son. Michael produced the film, with his brother, Joel, as co-producer.