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Pieces of April (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 28 November 2003 (USA)
A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Timmy Burns
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Grandma Dottie
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Half Asleep Man
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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

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She's the one in every family.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for language, sensuality, drug content and images of nudity | See all certifications »

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28 November 2003 (USA)  »

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Pieces of April - Ein Tag mit April Burns  »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$48,422 (USA) (17 October 2003)

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$2,360,184 (USA) (26 December 2003)
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Writer/director Peter Hedges gave Derek Luke an audition without knowing anything about Antwone Fisher (2002). After seeing the audition, Hedges not only cast Luke but described the experience as the best audition since Leonardo DiCaprio tried out for What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). See more »

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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 »

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Joy Burns: I only have one *nice* April memory. only one. She was about three or four. And she was sitting at the window. An she turned to me and said "oh mother don't you just love every day?"
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Properties and furniture courtesy of Jack Marcus Brodsky & Family. See more »

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Featured in The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) See more »

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Salsa Brava
Written by Charlie D'Cali
Performed by Charlie D'Cali Orquesta
Courtesy of Charlie D'Cali
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Slightly Bizarre, and Very Sweet
7 January 2005 | by (Battle Creek, MI) – See all my reviews

"Once there was this one day where everybody seemed to know they needed each other. This one day when they knew for certain that they couldn't do it alone." (April, trying to explain the origins of Thanksgiving.) That ultimately is what this movie is about -- people needing people, and the inter-relationships of people. It's about April and her family, but it's also about April and Bobby, the Lee family, Eugene and Evette, and even Wayne, who needs somebody, but misses connecting once again. Jim needs Joy, Bobby needs Latrell, Joy needs her family, she and Timmy need the bikers, and it just goes on and on. We all need one another and touch one another, and those touches spread out and out. Beautiful.

I also loved all the little twists, such as the stiff, middle-aged mother chiding her teenage son about properly rolling a joint; and the puncturing of stereotypes and prejudices. When Bobby's waiting by the phone for Latrell, it's probably tempting to think he's doing a drug deal or some other unsavory activity. But I knew better; I was laughing well before it was revealed what they were up to. Magnificent.

Another one to add to the video library, and I'm going to have to check out more Peter Hedges (though I have seen Gilbert Grape).


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