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A dealer in "outsider" art travels from Chicago to North Carolina to meet her new in-laws, challenging the equilibrium of this middle class Southern home.

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David Kuhn ...
Auctioneer
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George
Alicia Van Couvering ...
Bernadette
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Scout who stays outside
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Scout who goes in
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Bill Mooney, scout
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David Wark
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Eugene
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Peg
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Bobby Tisdale ...
Norman Venable at Replacements, Ltd.
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Lucille, the neighbor
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Sissy, David Wark's sister
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Storyline

Successful Carolinian George Johnsten meets Chicago art gallery owner Madeleine at an electoral benefit art auction- love at first sight. Madeleine decides to meet a Southern original artist, so George seizes the opportunity to come along and present her to his North Carolina parents Eugene and Peg, drop-out brother Johny and his high-pregnant wife Ashley. Confronting the outsider soon opens a can of worms as emotions revive or emerge, like admiration and jealousy. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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16 September 2005 (USA)  »

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Gundelj  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$74,739 (USA) (5 August 2005)

Gross:

$2,678,010 (USA) (2 December 2005)
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Trivia

The song Eugene Johnsten sings is 'Wildwood Flower', made famous by The Carter Family and Mother Maybelle Carter. See more »

Goofs

When the couple is returning to Chicago they pass a road sign that says "King 6, Winston-Salem 15, Lexington 40". This would be heading south, not north. See more »

Quotes

Madeleine: You like this one?
George Johnsten: Makes me happy... but I'm gonna buy the UFO.
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Crazy Credits

A list of 121 extras is included in the credits, although these credits are given separately from the cast list, after most of the crew credits have been shown. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.169 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 57
Sherzo (Allegretto) by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performed by The Borodin Trio
Courtesy of Chandos Records Ltd.
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Brilliant
2 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Phil Morrison has created a film that is among the best I've seen so far in 2005. He has taken a simple country mouse-city mouse tale and given it cosmic implications. It is the story of everyone who grew up in the boonies and then gone on to make it big in the big city. It beautifully portrays the embarrassment you feel about taking a worldly spouse back to your small hometown and its pettiness; the small-mindedness and envy of the siblings who never left town or made good; the reinvention of one's self when one moves to a big metropolis like Chicago. I did NOT feel the Bible Belt North Carolinians were stereotyped, as some viewers have remarked; I felt they were all portrayed as real people who simply had a tough time articulating their feelings, and who were just SIMPLE people...church-goers, family people who have no complexity of emotions or doubts, like city people are wont to have. The actress who played the sister-in-law was brilliant, funny and totally believable; the mother was the next Gena Rowlands; Alessandro Nivola and the girlfriend were extremely appealing ciphers (which they were supposed to be); and the unrestrained horror of their having to return to this small Southern town was so palpable, that it made watching the film very uncomfortable at times (especially if a viewer's own life resembles that of the main characters'). Deliberately underwritten, beautifully paced, it is one to remember, savor, and wind up at the Festivals. Bravo!


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