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Pieces of April (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  28 November 2003 (USA)
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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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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)

Gross:

$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 »

Goofs

The camera Timmy is using is a modern Nikon autofocus SLR which has an electrically controlled self-timer that doesn't make any noise during operation. When April's mother, dad, grandmother and sister stop at the Christmas shop and at the very end of the movie the sound of an old manual self-timer is inserted in the sound track. See more »

Quotes

Jim Burns: I can think of one memory. She was wearing a pink nightgown...
Timmy Burns: That was ME!
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Now I know why Patricia Clarkson was Throwing Up
14 April 2004 | by (Hollywood, USA) – See all my reviews

"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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