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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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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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19 February 2004 (Germany)  »

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Pieces of April - Ein Tag mit April Burns  »

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$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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One of the inspirations for the movie came from a story Peter Hedges had heard about a group of young adults who had "borrowed" an apartment so they could celebrate their first Thanksgiving in Manhattan together. The oven in the apartment did not work so they had to go door to door in the building, trying to find an oven in which to cook their turkey. See more »

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When Bobby goes out, April is shown with a bandage on her finger long before she actually cuts it. See more »

Quotes

Joy Burns: [Joy is smoking marijuana in a convenience store bathroom] Honey, roll it tighter next time.
Timmy Burns: Sorry, mom.
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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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The Well Tempered Guitar
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Performed by John Woo
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Nothing remotely funny here.
7 February 2004 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

After reading all of the positive comments I felt compelled to post my views on this film as well.

I found this movie to be absolutely dreadful. It wasn't the acting, since I think Patricia, Katie and all the others all made a magnificent performance in this film. What I disliked about this movie were the overall storyline and the shaky camera-work.

This was supposed to be at least a little funny (it said comedy/drama), but I wasn't able to detect anything even remotely funny in this entire flick. It was all just overly dramatic throughout the entire movie.

I normally never turn off a movie, but with this one I had that urge several times. And when the ending finally came I was surprised to see it had lasted only just over 75 minutes.

To me this seemed more like the type of dramatic, emotional chick-flick my mother would enjoy. Being a man in my twenties I probably wasn't part of the target group, but since I happen to see it, I thought it would be a good idea to warn other men about this. So if you want to see this movie because you expect some good laughs, don't see it. It would only disappoint you. But if you want to see something which will make you feel sad and makes you think about cancer, death and failed lives, all shot in an artistic way with shaky camera-work, this would be a movie for you.

I gave it a 1. If I want to see drama I could see it on TV daily. And at least those made-for-TV-flicks have better camera-work than this.


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