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Actress Reese Holden has been offered a small fortune by a book editor if she can secure for publication the love letters that her father, a reclusive novelist, wrote to her mother, who has since passed away. Returning to Michigan, Reese finds that an ex-grad student and a would-be musician have moved in with her father, who cares more about his new friends than he does about his own health and well-being. Written by IMDb Editors

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Sometimes you go looking for something you want. . . and find what you need.

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Rated R for language, some drug use and sexuality | See all certifications »

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15 June 2006 (Portugal)  »

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Ein Winter in Michigan  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

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$35,813 (USA) (17 February 2006)

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$101,228 (USA) (7 April 2006)
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Director's brother Anthony Rapp plays Dean, a literary student and fan of Don Holdin. See more »

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When Reese first slams her hand in the drawer she clearly hits her fingers at their base. When she has lunch with Deirdre and her bruise is revealed, it's on the top of her hand. See more »

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Corbit: Well, I gotta go rock. And if you see Holdin, tell him his balls are clean.
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Moody and Paced, Rather than Bland
23 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Zooey Deschanel is quite easily the most interesting thing about this movie. It is slowly paced. It is an examination of one woman's journey through an emotional roadblock. There are many aspects of this film that are out of place and a bit frivolous, all indications of a young or new filmmaker. However, I think it deserves more credit that the above description.

This film surprised me with its various nuances, many of which are the difference between a love affair with New York City and the hate that develops when it's inhabitant realizes just how wonderful (and horrible) home can be. In addition to that, it has been some time since a film was able to be charming without being too forced, something I think they do not ultimately achieve, but it is not without merit.

As mentioned above, it is worth the price of admission to watch Zooey Deschanel work her way from solipsistic bitch to humbled and hurt woman. She is raw, honest, fun, and a bit of a fu*k up. Ed Harris brings her character a bit more alive, but he himself it not at his best. As an actor he does a fine job, though I have a feeling he was left out to dry a bit by the young director. Will Ferrel almost makes his way through without being funny, though he is not removed enough from his Saturday Night Live characters to really pull through. The audience I was with seemed to love him. I nearly didn't see the movie because he was in it.

When it comes down to it this film is a first-time film director used to working in a theater medium. The writing is strong, the story interesting and for all it's pit-falls and loop-holes, it still manages to make an emotional impact. Give it a second chance.


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