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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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,422, 19 October 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,528,664

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$743,364
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

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 »

Quotes

Joy Burns: I don't know why I'm so hard on you Beth, when you've always been the daughter of my dreams. We're almost the same person, except I don't have your weight problems and you're making the same mistakes I did and I wish you would make your own.
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Special thanks to ... The Cata Family, ... Elan, Scott, Ira and all the tenants of 176 Suffolk Street. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards (2004) See more »

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Xiqing
Traditional, arrangement by Cheng Yu
Performed by The UK Chinese Ensemble
Courtesy of FirstCom Music, Inc.
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Very Delightful Thanksgiving Tale
18 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

In a very poor zone of New York, April Burns (Katie Holmes) and her boyfriend, the Afro-American Bobby (Derek Luke), are preparing to receive April's family for a thanksgiving dinner. While Bobby tries to borrow a suit for him, April realizes that her stove is broken and 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 in the road, the relationship between the Burns and the black-sheep April is disclosed through the conversations between her father Jim (Oliver Platt), her resented mother Joy (Patricia Clarkson), her brother, her sister and her grandmother.

"Pieces of April" is an enjoyable and very delightful thanksgiving tale. This low budget movie has a very simple story, being sometimes a mean dramatic comedy of errors, but touching deep in the heart of the viewer. The cast is very inspired, highlighting the performances of Katie Holmes and Patricia Clarkson. The parallel way the story is disclosed is magnificent, developing clearly each character, and showing their feelings and resentments. I did not like the character of April's neighbor Wayne (Sean Hayes), since it is not clear if he is a weird or just a stupid man. "Pieces of April" is a gem to be discovered by sensitive viewers. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Do Jeito Que Ela É" ("In the Way She Is")


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