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Lovely & Amazing (2001)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  2 August 2002 (USA)
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Self-esteem and insecurity are at the heart of this comedy about the relationship between a mother and her three confused daughters.

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The Marks family is a tightly-knit quartet of women. Jane is the affluent matriarch whose 3 daughters seem to have nothing in common except for a peculiar sort of idealism. Setting the tone of vanity and insecurity, Jane is undergoing cosmetic surgery to alter her figure, but serious complications put her health in real danger. Former homecoming queen Michelle, the eldest daughter, has one daughter of her own and an alienated, unsupportive husband. Elizabeth, the middle sister, has an acting career that is beginning to take off, but is timid and insecure, and habitually relieves her trepidation by taking in stray dogs. Only the youngest sister, Annie, an adopted African American 8-year-old, stands a chance of avoiding the family legacy of anxious self-absorption. If only her intelligence and curiosity will see her through what promises to be a confusing adolescence. Each of the women seeks redemption in her own haphazard way. Written by Anonymous

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If you're hoping for the perfect family don't hold your breath.

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Rated R for language and nudity | See all certifications »

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$250,000 (estimated)

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$91,910 (USA) (28 June 2002)

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$4,186,931 (USA) (20 September 2002)
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Actress Emily Mortimer continues to be confronted about the scene in which she stands nude and opens herself up to a full body critique. In a 2012 interview with Allure magazine, Mortimer explains, "Frankly, I'm bored by talking about pubic hair, or a lack thereof. Just as I don't find Brazilian waxes creepy, I don't find a lack of one offensive. It seems to me that the argument should be dead and buried by now: People simply have different tastes when it comes to bikini-area grooming." See more »

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While swimming in the backyard pool, Annie's hair goes from being in pigtails/not in pigtails throughout the scene. See more »

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Jordan: Do you have alot of friends?
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Lovely? Sure. Amazing? Not so much.
1 August 2002 | by (Woodland Hills, CA) – See all my reviews

Blah.

There's just not much to this movie. I really enjoy Catherine Keener and Jake Gyllenhall normally, and this film was no different. Other than them, there's really nothing remarkable about this film.

One major grumble- the plot is stretched so thin as to be nonexistent. In fact, I might even go so far as to say that this film has no plot. No character development, no resolution of conflict, no nothing. I would say it's nihilistic but I think that a film has to at least _try_ in order to be considered nihilistic. It's like watching a weird kind of reality show that gets sentimental about its subjects. Maybe that's the tone the movie was trying for. Even if that's the case, I'm wildly unimpressed.

I will say that the trailers before this film were extraordinary, though.


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