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A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives.

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Margaret centers on a 17-year-old New York City high-school student who feels certain that she inadvertently played a role in a traffic accident that has claimed a woman's life. In her attempts to set things right she meets with opposition at every step. Torn apart with frustration, she begins emotionally brutalizing her family, her friends, her teachers, and most of all, herself. She has been confronted quite unexpectedly with a basic truth: that her youthful ideals are on a collision course against the realities and compromises of the adult world. Written by Anonymous

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$7,525 (USA) (30 September 2011)

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$46,495 (USA) (21 October 2011)
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The lengthy editing process of the movie sparked two lawsuits. Studio Fox Searchlight sued financier Gary Gilbert, because he failed to pay the studio half of the film's production costs. Gilbert followed by suing Searchlight and director Kenneth Lonergan, because he felt that they refused all of Gilbert's help to finally finish the movie during the editing process with the help of producers, directors and editors like Scott Rudin, Martin Scorsese, Thelma Schoonmaker and Sydney Pollack. See more »

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On Lisa's geometry test, question 2 doesn't make sense. It should read "find WA" or "find WY". See more »

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Joan: You know what? You're a little cunt.
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A tragic accident sends one New York City teenager into the throws of a moral dilemma which serves as a catalyst for her own transformation
27 July 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

A truly heart wrenching story, "Margaret" reiterates Kenneth Lonergan's gifts for dialogue, story, and his ability to treat the most dramatic themes with artful humor, awareness and perception. The acting is exceptional; even relatively small parts, (played by actors such as Matthew Broderick, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, and Allison Janey) showcase both the actors' own remarkable abilities as well as Lonergan's attention to detail. It is Matthew Broderick's character who is the only one to utter the movie's title as he recites a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins. J. Smith Cameron and Anna Paquin, who play mother and daughter, both deliver fierce performances which form the relationship that serves as the backbone of the film. Taking on issues from abortion, divorce, and death to the inherent isolation of being human, the movie has a life and humor to it which cannot be brought down by the weightiness of these issues.


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