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Margot at the Wedding (2007)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  14 December 2007 (USA)
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Margot and her son Claude decide to visit her sister Pauline after she announces that she is marrying less-than-impressive Malcolm. In short order, the storm the sisters create leaves behind a a mess of thrashed relationships and exposed family secrets.

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Zane Pais ...
Claude
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Woman on Train
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Toby
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Alan
Brian Kelley ...
Bruce
Christian Hansen ...
Fireman
Michael Cullen ...
Mr. Vogler
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Mrs. Vogler
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Vogler Daughter
Justin Roth ...
Vogler Son
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Dick Koosman
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A slice of family life: sisters, husbands, children, history, secrets, jealousies. Margot and her teen son, Claude, travel from Manhattan to her family's Long Island home, occupied by sister Pauline, Pauline's daughter, and Malcolm, the slacker Pauline will marry outdoors that week under a tree neighbors want removed. Backbiting marks family discussion, particularly between the sisters and in Margot's cutting remarks to Claude. Pauline tells Margot a secret that Margot promptly tells Claude. Margot dislikes Malcolm and undermines him. She also has marital problems and a lover nearby. People are cruel, inside and outside their families. Is there a refuge for Margot or for Pauline? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One family. Infinite degrees of separation.

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

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$81,035 (USA) (16 November 2007)

Gross:

$1,956,291 (USA) (25 January 2008)
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The cinematographer, Harris Savides, used old lenses and shot mostly in natural light to get the dim, ominous look of the film. See more »

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Nicole Kidman's hair color repeatedly switches back and forth between dark brown and lighter reddish-brown. See more »

Quotes

Malcolm: Paul apologizes for not coming. She's still getting the house ready.
Margot: I'm sorry it was such short notice.
Malcolm: I don't care. Paul's frantic, but I don't give a shit. Oh, and Ingrid wants me to tell you that she made us all bracelets.
Ingrid: No, I said we should wait.
Malcolm: I thought you asked me to tell them. Anyways, I got Knicks colours.
Ingrid: They're not Knicks colours!
Margot: It's beautiful, Ingrid.
Ingrid: Where's your dad and Josh?
Claude: They might come later.
Margot: Josh's spring break is next week, and then Jim teaches through Friday. ...
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 17 November 2007 (2007) See more »

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Written by Peter Holsapple
Performed by The dB's
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
And Courtesy of Line Music GmbH
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Watching people act out is not necessarily art

While I was less enthusiastic about "The Squid and the Whale" than most, it clearly had it merits. In particular director Noah Baumbach obviously worked extremely well with his actors, drawing fine performances from all. Its not surprising that actors took note of this new talent on the block. To their credit, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jack Black all worked for way below their usual fees, simply to do this movie with Baumbach.

All three turn in great performances. There's no doubt about that. The thing is when all is said and done, watching dysfunctional families is not necessarily riveting viewing. At some point you ask yourself, do I really need to see this? "Margot at the Wedding" leaves you with very little other than the performances.

Watching people act out is not art. There really has to be more than this.


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I Thought Claude was a Girl for the first ten minutes Jeminye511-1
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