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Lovely & Amazing (2001)

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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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2 August 2002 (USA)  »

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Untitled Nicole Holofcener  »

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$250,000 (estimated)

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


$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 »


When Michelle is berating her mother for giving Annie cookies & Annie is standing in the doorway with the cookies, she has a stack of cookies in one hand in one shot, and in the next shot they are in the other hand, and there are more of them. See more »


Michelle Marks: Elizabeth is hysterical!
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Solid film
26 June 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I was really impressed by the solid characterizations and the comfort Holofcener has with the story and the script, even among the uncomfortable issues it raises. Finally, a feminine anti-hero film that does not attempt to make any statements about Women or Men, but just gives roles to women that are refreshingly human. The characters are often unsympathetic, but that makes it work so much the better. Shooting in HD video is the best choice over regular DV, and it is almost believable to be film. A solid film and worth seeing!

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