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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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  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$2,678,010 (USA) (2 December 2005)
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The company (Replacements Ltd.) where Johnny ( Ben McKenzie) works is a real company in McLeansville, North Carolina. The company sells pieces from rare or discontinued china, crystal, and silverware patterns out of their warehouse and through the mail; the section of the movie filmed there used the company's real order processing department as a practical location. See more »

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In the hospital room, something that appears to be a saucer under the water pitcher appears and disappears between shots over George's shoulder. See more »

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Madeleine: I was born in Japan.
Ashley: You were not!
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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 »

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Featured in 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) See more »

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String Quartet in G major, Op. 54/1
Allegro con brio by Joseph Haydn (as Franz Joseph Haydn)
Performed by the Kodaly Quartet
Courtesy of Naxos America
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An excellent study of characters with a strong sense of place.
9 August 2005 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

A very intelligent script, with direction that does it justice. Rather than spelling out exactly what we're supposed to be thinking and feeling at every moment, the filmmakers respect the audience's ability to infer meaning from the mood and tone, from the light in a frame or the ambient noise of a scene (or, for that matter, from the complete silence in which we occasionally are allowed to contemplate the house and small town where the story is set). As for the actors, they must have been thrilled to have the chance to play such complex, well-rounded characters, each of them at times being fine and even something like noble, at other times frustrating and perhaps even cruel. Just like real people, in other words. Amy Adams deserves the praise she's received for a role that could have easily been a caricature, but I'd like to also mention Embeth Davidtz for her precise and empathetic work in another part that might have easily been done in a hackneyed way.

All through this film, there are moments where we fear that its makers are going to settle for the cliché, but they never do. By the end, we feel that we've learned a great deal about the characters and the community which produced them, and we also sense that we'll never fully grasp all of their mysteries and contradictions. Very fine work from everyone involved.


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