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How to Make an American Quilt (1995)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  6 October 1995 (USA)
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Bride-to-be Finn Dodd hears tales of romance and sorrow from her elders as they construct a quilt.

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Finn is a young graduate student, finishing a master's thesis, and preparing for marriage to her fiance Sam. But thoughts of the end of the free life, and a potential summer fling, intrude. She goes home to her grandmother, where, over the making of her wedding gift by a group of quilting-bee friends, laughter, bickering, love, and advice lead her toward a more open-eyed examination of her course. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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There's beauty in the patterns of life.

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Rated PG-13 for a scene of drug use, some sensuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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6 October 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A szerelem szĂ­nei  »

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$23,574,130 (USA)
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Quotes

Em Reed: Bicker, bicker, bicker makes a gal age quicker.
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Referenced in Charmed: How to Make a Quilt Out of Americans (2000) See more »

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Riffin' at the Ritz
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Performed by Benny Goodman
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A chick flick, and a BORING one at that.
10 May 2001 | by (Oldham, Gtr Manchester, England.) – See all my reviews

I know I am going to get some stick for the above summary, and pigeonholed as some misogynistic dinosaur, which I don't think I am, but I really cannot see any male getting more than minimal enjoyment from this movie (or for that matter, most self-respecting modern females). I like romantic and affecting movies, and can even support feminism if it's presented in the right way, but it was obvious right from the start that this film was aimed at the fairer sex; especially women who are 'survivors'. I felt totally excluded. I prefer to classify myself as a 'humanist'; someone who neither excludes man nor woman.

The only reason I tuned in initially was for a glimpse of the lovely Miss Ryder, most likely the source of that minimal male enjoyment I was talking about earlier. None of the cast particularly irked me, but then neither was I inspired.

Ultimately, regardless of the argument about whether this film was made for men, women or both, there really should be no excuse for the direction to be so plodding. That, really, is its biggest sin, irrespective of whether feminist issues make you want to go and see the film, their treatment is leaden.

I will doubtless watch the film again one day when I'm in a more forgiving frame of mind; but first impressions count for a lot, and I was NOT impressed. Make of that what you will.


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