In a very poor zone of New York, April Burns and her boyfriend, the Afro-American Bobby, are preparing to receive April's family for thanksgiving dinner. While Bobby tries to borrow a suit for himself, April realizes that her stove is broken. She tries desperately to find a neighbor that can let her cook the turkey, since she does not want to fail (again) with her family. Meanwhile, in a suburb of Pennsylvania, her dysfunctional family is preparing to travel to New York. While driving, the relationship between the Burns and their black-sheep April is disclosed through the conversations between her father Jim, her resented mother Joy, her brother, her sister and her grandmother. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Although the film is dedicated to Peter Hedges' mother, who died of cancer, the only true aspect he incorporated is the line where Joy talks about the fictional singer "Smack Daddy". The line is almost word for word what Peter's mother told him while in the hospital, the only exception being that she was talking about Barry White. See more »
Joy's wig is wet after she rinses it in the sink. Presumably a short time later, the ride continues, but Joy's wig is completely dry. See more »
"Pieces of April" is as disposable as any TV-movie of the week. It's 80 minutes long, has an ULTRA-PREDICTABLE ending, and has little connection with how people act in the real world. I know, I know, Patricia Clarkson got nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as April's cancer-stricken mom, and Clarkson is very good, and Katie Holmes as April is cute and acts pretty well, but no excuses can be made for this should-have-made-for-TV-movie-and-I-don't-mean-HBO. I just didn't care about the characters, least of all April and her boyfriend. I admit I was touched by the ending, but not touched enough to recommend this film to anyone. And why did April insist on living in the worst part of town? The movie never really let me know.
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