12/02/2014 10:26 am ET Updated Dec 02, 2014

A Respectful Deference To Elders Curdles Into A Fight Over Assets

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The trailer opens with a picture of an olive green house, then a sunny yellow kitchen. A narrator extols the virtues of the world-famous chicken and dumplings that the family matriarch once made there.

Now comes the piano with the grandchildren’s photos on it, a picture of the late grandfather and a parade of others, all members of a family named Royal, just one generation removed from the first of them to graduate from college.

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