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Lovely & Amazing (2001)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  2 August 2002 (UK)
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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and nudity | See all certifications »

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$250,000 (estimated)

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£35,483 (UK) (2 August 2002)

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$4,186,931 (USA) (20 September 2002)
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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 »

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Bartender: I need to see some ID.
Michelle Marks: Oh, he's 22, I'll vouch for him.
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Emotionally deep drama of a dysfunctional family
17 May 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film is about the daily struggles for happiness of a mother and her 3 daughters.

The story is captivating from the start. The mother, played by Brenda Blethlyn, is insecure and wanted a liposuction. The eldest daughter, played by Catherine Keener, has a painfully distant husband. The middle daughter, played by Emily Mortimer, is a struggling actress with high levels of insecurity. The youngest daughter is an adopted daughter of African heritage, and she is spoilt to bits.

The dysfunction between the family is portrayed very well, due to excellent character developments. I get to understand every character's thoughts and feelings. Catherine Keener and Emily Mortimer act well, and brings the characters to life. There are few films that can make the characters so vivid and alive.


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