Junebug (2005)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  16 September 2005 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Kuhn ...
Alicia Van Couvering ...
Scout who stays outside
Scout who goes in
Bill Mooney, scout
David Wark
Norman Venable at Replacements, Ltd.
Lucille, the neighbor
Sissy, David Wark's sister


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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Release Date:

16 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gundelj  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Peg: [examining an antique baby spoon] I don't believe that can go in the dishwasher...
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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 »


References The Birth of a Nation (1915) See more »


Gratzer Galop
Composed by Franz Schubert
Performed by The Boskovsky Ensemble
Courtesy of Vanguard Classics, a division of Artemis Classics, LLC
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Astoundingly free from clichés and types
13 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What struck me most about this (amazing)movie was the characters' well-roundedness. George's family and residents of NC are completely believable, fleshed-out, and never just types. Having lived in the piedmont of NC for 11 years (and now living in Chicago) I felt like I was transplanted back with George and Madeleine. The Southern characters' rural way of life was balanced with complexity and the capacity for reflection.

As for the urban characters, they were just as whole and did not fall into urban stereotypes of being hard or snooty. More importantly, Madeleine was not condescending, but as a very well-traveled person would, she understood that they were real people despite their differences.

The humanity of all the characters does not seem careful or imposed (which could have resulted in a bland, politically-correct love-fest); the characters have a great deal of energy between them as they encounter differences and deal with them.

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