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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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[Cindy gives Elizabeth an aromatherapy candle as a gift]
Elizabeth Marks: This is so sweet of you.
Cindy, Elizabeth's Agent: Nah, I'm re-gifting. It has self-esteem and tranquility.
Elizabeth Marks: I'm so happy for it.
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Coulda Beena Logger
(2001)
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Brilliant and Subtle
5 February 2003 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

When I first saw Walking and Talking, Nicole Holofcener's previous film, I didn't realize at first what a brilliant piece of work it was. My experience with Lovely and Amazing was exactly the same. It is only later that it becomes clear how expertly the relationships between the characters are illuminated and with what originality she has constructed a story. Lovely and Amazing is an examination of a family of women and their complex relationships with themselves and the men in their lives. The women in Lovely and Amazing are real people. They are frequently horrible to each other and sabotage themselves just like real women. They are also capable, like real women, of moments of intimacy and insight with each other.

I believe Nicole Holofcener is the most talented indie filmmaker out there at the moment. Walking and Talking is one of my all time favorite films, and Lovely and Amazing just confirmed her status in my eyes as an insightful storyteller. Audiences deserve more films that achieve this level of excellence, and I hope Nicole Holofcener has the chance to deliver them.


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