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Margot at the Wedding -- Margot Zeller (Nicole Kidman) is a short story writer with a sharp wit and an even sharper tongue. On the eve of her estranged sister PaulineÂ’s (Jennifer Jason Leigh) wedding to unemployed musician/artist/depressive Malcolm (Jack Black) at the family seaside home, Margot shows up unexpectedly to rekindle the sisterly bond and offer her own brand of "support." What ensues is a nakedly honest and subversively funny look at family dynamics.
Margot at the Wedding -- Margot and her son Claude decide to visit her sister Pauline after she announces that she is getting married to less-than-impressive Malcolm. In short order, the storm the sisters create leaves behind a a mess of thrashed relationships and exposed family
Margot at the Wedding -- Margot and her son Claude decide to visit her sister Pauline after she announces that she is getting married to less-than-impressive Malcolm. In short order, the storm the sisters create leaves behind a a mess of thrashed relationships and exposed family


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One family. Infinite degrees of separation.
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 mess of thrashed relationships and exposed family secrets. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Zane Pais ... Claude

Susan Blackwell ... Woman on Train

Nicole Kidman ... Margot

Jack Black ... Malcolm

Flora Cross ... Ingrid

Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Pauline

Seth Barrish ... Toby

Matthew Arkin ... Alan
Brian Kelley ... Bruce
Christian Hansen ... Fireman
Michael Cullen ... Mr. Vogler

Enid Graham ... Mrs. Vogler

Sophie Nyweide ... Vogler Daughter
Justin Roth ... Vogler Son

Ciarán Hinds ... Dick Koosman

Halley Feiffer ... Maisy Koosman
Jonathan Schwartz ... Malcolm's Friend

John Turturro ... Jim
Lisa Emery ... Woman with Dog

Michael Medeiros ... Karaoke Singer

Ashlie Atkinson ... Becky
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexander Emmet ... Hot Guy / Bar Couple (uncredited)
Chuck Gerena ... Man in Bar / Street (uncredited)
Tyler Kelley ... Orphanage Kid #2 (uncredited)

Directed by
Noah Baumbach 
Writing credits
Noah Baumbach (written by)

Produced by
Blair Breard .... co-producer (as M. Blair Breard)
Scott Rudin .... producer
Cinematography by
Harris Savides 
Film Editing by
Carol Littleton 
Casting by
Douglas Aibel 
Production Design by
Anne Ross 
Art Direction by
Adam Stockhausen 
Set Decoration by
Debra Schutt 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
Makeup Department
Michal Bigger .... makeup department head
Lori Guidroz .... hair department head
Wayne Herndon .... hair stylist: Ms. Kidman
Angela Levin .... makeup artist: Ms. Kidman
Roz Music .... hair stylist: Mr. Black
Roz Music .... makeup artist: Mr. Black
Patricia Regan .... assistant makeup artist
Kerry Warn .... hair designer: Ms. Kidman
Production Management
David Bausch .... production supervisor
Blair Breard .... unit production manager (as M. Blair Breard)
Sarah Connors .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Camp III .... first assistant director
Michael T. Meador .... second assistant director
Kenyon Noble .... second second assistant director
Andrea O'Connor .... second second assistant director
Jono Oliver .... first assistant director
Art Department
Robert Barnett .... on-set painter (as Bob Barnett)
Stephen Barth .... scenic
Peter Bundrick .... chief carpenter
Philip Canfield .... leadperson
Pat Cocuzzo .... construction grip
Abe Costanza .... shop scenic
Ruth Deleon .... on-set dresser (as Ruth Ann DeLeon)
Katy Dilkes .... scenic (as Kathleen B. Dilkes)
Maus Drechsler .... property assistant (as Ana Katharina Drechsler)
Ana Katharina Dreschsler .... props
Kristin Emery .... scenic (as Kristen Emery)
Chris Ferraro .... set dresser
Nir Gaon .... scenic
Gilbert Gertsen .... greens (as Gilbert H. Gertsen)
Gordon Gertsen .... greens (as Gordon H. Gertsen)
Jonathan Graham .... chief construction grip
Chris Heaps .... set dresser (as Christopher Heaps)
Richard Hebrank .... construction coordinator (as Rich Hebrank)
Richard Hoppe .... set dresser (as Rick Hoppe)
Caroline Irons .... scenic
Michael Jortner .... assistant property master
Lisa Kennedy .... scenic foreman
Martin Lasowitz .... property master
Phillis Lehmer .... graphic design
Nili Lerner .... scenic foreperson
Peter Levitsky .... greens
Elizabeth Linn .... charge scenic
Francesca Mirabella .... art department assistant
Laura Nemesi .... art department assistant
Jennifer Alex Nickason .... assistant set decorator (as Jenny Alex Nickason)
Lynn Nickels .... scenic
Steven Purtee .... scenic
Richard Rose .... chief construction grip (as Richard C. Rose)
Will Scheck .... chief greens
Philip Winn .... art department coordinator
Marian Ziola-Stoeffelmeier .... scenic
Robert A. Morris .... photo-graphics (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Chefalas .... first assistant sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Gerald Donlan .... adr editor
Tom Fleischman .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Jeanne Gilliland .... sound utility
Lawrence Herman .... sound re-recordist (as Larry Herman)
Ruth Hernandez .... adr editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Drew Kunin .... sound mixer
Craig Kyllonen .... ADR recordist
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Paloma Mele .... apprentice sound editor
Douglas Murray .... adr mixer (as Doug Murray)
Jac Rubenstein .... dialogue editor (as Jack Rubenstein)
Paul Sacco .... sound consultant: Dolby
Kira Smith .... boom operator
Wyatt Sprague .... sound effects editor
Paul Urmson .... sound designer
Paul Urmson .... sound re-recording mixer
Steven Visscher .... supervising foley editor (as Steve Visscher)
Debby VanPoucke .... post sound coordinator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Phillip Beck .... special effects technician
Lorenzo Hall .... special effects technician (as Lorenzo T. Hall)
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects coordinator (as Steve Kirshoff)
Frank C. Oliva Sr. .... special effects foreman (as Frank Oliva)
Angel Torres .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Randall Balsmeyer .... visual effects supervisor: Big Film Design (as Randy Balsmeyer)
J. John Corbett .... visual effects artist: Big Film Design
Chris Halstead .... visual effects artist: Big Film Design
Tyra Hanshaw .... visual effects producer: Big Film Design
Stephen A. Pope .... stunt coordinator (as Stephen Pope)
Jodi Michelle Pynn .... stunt double: Nicole Kidman
Shawnna Thibodeau .... stunt double: Nicole Kidman
Scott Burik .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Jeffrey Lee Gibson .... stunts (uncredited)
Pete Klein .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Trampas Thompson .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Rico Omega Alston .... video assist (as Rico Aston)
Christopher Blauvelt .... first assistant camera
Ronald Burke .... dolly grip (as Ronald J. Burke)
David M. Carr .... second company grip
Daniel Feighery .... second assistant camera
Kevin Flynn .... first company grip (as Kevin W. Flynn)
Tim Flynn .... grip (as Timothy Flynn)
Gary Hildebrand .... electrician
Lukasz Jogalla .... camera operator: "a" camera
Jeremy Knaster .... assistant chief lighting technician
John Krause .... grip
Christopher Moeller .... film loader (as Christopher A. Moeller)
William D. Moran .... grip (as William Moran)
Bill O'Leary .... chief lighting technician
Michael Papadapolous .... electrician (as Michael Papadopoulos)
Kabkeo Phothivongsa .... electrician
Michael P. Prisco Jr. .... electrician
Michael P. Prisco Jr. .... gaffer: second unit
Ken Regan .... still photographer
Ryan Rodriguez .... electrician (as Ryan A. Rodriguez)
Peter Russell .... electrician
Darrin Smith .... assistant chief lighting technician
Bob Van Heek .... grip (as Bob A. Van Heek)
John Velez .... chief lighting technician
Franz Yeich .... grip
Eugene C. DePasquale .... grip (uncredited)
Petr Hlinomaz .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
David Knox .... underwater director of photography (uncredited)
David Landau .... additional electrician (uncredited)
David Landau .... electrician: night sequences (uncredited)
Lou Massa .... grip (uncredited)
Greg McMahon .... film loader (uncredited)
Lisa Origlieri .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jon W. Rosenbloom .... additional grip (uncredited)
Darrin Smith .... best boy rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Deborah Maxwell Dion .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Ronen Gevint .... background casting
Stephanie Holbrook .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nicole Greenbaum .... on-set costumer
Emily Gunshor .... costume coordinator
Iris Horta Lemos .... costumer: Ms. Kidman (as Iris Lemos)
Donna Maloney .... costume supervisor (as Donna M. Maloney)
Michelle Matland .... assistant costume designer
Jonathan Schwartz .... costume assistant
Danielle Cadorette .... wardrobe tailor (uncredited)
B. Reeves .... costume production assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Ernest Leif Boyd .... assistant editor
Lynn Cassaniti .... additional assistant editor
Jessica Green .... post-production assistant
Marty Levenstein .... first assistant editor (as Martin Levenstein)
Beth Moran .... additional assistant editor
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein .... negative cutter (as Mary Nelson-Fraser)
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer (as Steve Sheridan)
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor (as Joey Violante)
Location Management
Keith Adams .... location manager (as Keith A. Adams)
Nancy Grigor .... location scout
Daniel Pollack .... location scout
Susan Silas .... location scout
David Velasco .... assistant location manager
Nils Widboom .... location scout
Michele Baker .... location scout (uncredited)
Audra Gorman .... location scout (uncredited)
Aaron Hurvitz .... location scout (uncredited)
Jule Ann Jappe .... location assistant (uncredited)
Christopher Menges .... location assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Nancy Allen .... music editor
Linda Cohen .... music executive
George Drakoulias .... music supervisor
Britta Phillips .... music consultant
Dean Wareham .... music consultant
Julie Sessing .... music clearance (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Ernie Acquavella .... driver (as Ernie Acquevilla)
Thomas Aquino .... driver
William Baker .... driver
Patrick Bentz .... driver (as Patrick J. Bentz)
Edward J. Buzzo .... driver
Mike Canales .... driver (as Mike Canale)
John Canavan .... transportation co-captain
David Chacon .... driver
James Charleston .... driver
Charles Fay .... driver
Joseph Fay .... driver
Kevin Griffin .... driver
Dimitri Jacotin .... driver
Adrian Keenan .... driver
John Lalor .... driver
Jesse Lello .... driver
Mark Edward May .... driver
Eugene O'Neill .... transportation captain (as Gene O'Neill)
Joseph Paprota .... driver
Wesley Petersen .... driver (as Wes Petersen)
Other crew
Barbara Austin .... dog trainer
Mary Bailey .... script supervisor
Hernando Bansuelo .... office production assistant
Kathy Bernard .... stand-in
Pamela Bertini .... assistant production coordinator
Kate Bogle .... set production assistant
Chris Cloud .... department assistant
Leslie Collins .... medic
Santos Cornier .... department assistant
Judy Heinzen Culotta .... assistant: Ms. Kidman (as Judy Heinzen)
Kate Dalton .... stand-in
Derek Frampton Davis .... department assistant
Eric Dean .... production secretary
Kelly Meyer Douglas .... department assistant
Erica Francis .... department assistant
C.J. Gardella .... assistant: Mr. Baumbach
Shellie Gillespie .... payroll accountant
Tracy Gossett .... department assistant
Elizabeth Himelstein .... dialect coach: Ms. Kidman (as Elizabeth Himelstein-Reynolds)
Sean Hogan .... production accountant
Nathan Kelly .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Jessie Kilguss .... assistant: Mr. Baumbach
Serena Kuo .... department assistant
Francisco Marcial .... parking coordinator
Albert Massiah .... set production assistant
Meg Mathisen .... publicity manager
Nina Maxwell .... film runner
Adam Milch .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Luie Morales .... department assistant
Steve Moramarco .... assistant: Mr. Black
Frank Murray .... first assistant accountant
Eric Myers .... unit publicist
Gemma O'Neill .... assistant: Ms. Kidman
Wayne Petrucelli .... security: Ms. Kidman
Vince Piotti .... office production assistant (as Vincent Piotti)
Oak Porcelli .... set production assistant
Beth Powder .... assistant clearance coordinator
James P. Queen .... executive assistant: Mr. Rubin
Nora Resnick .... set production assistant
Danny Roman .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Mark Rothman .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Kara Ryan .... set production assistant
Michelle Sarama .... post-production accountant
Kat Scicluna .... stand-in (as Kat Murello)
Aidan Shah .... accounting clerk
Leanne Shapton .... title designer
Susan Soh .... assistant: Ms. Leigh
Anita Sum .... production coordinator
Mark A. Wills .... set production assistant
Craig T. Wood .... production secretary
Justin Begnaud .... assistant: Mr. Rudin (uncredited)
Daniel Cabeza .... assistant: Mr. Rudin (uncredited)
Lauren E. Enfield .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Tena Golding .... additional production secretary: New York (uncredited)
Matthew Honovic .... assistant: Mr. Rudin (uncredited)
Noel Davis Poyner .... publicity intern (uncredited)
Nicole Real .... production assistant (uncredited)
Heli Soell .... assistant post-production accountant (uncredited)
Eugene Stamos .... craft service assistant (uncredited)
Denise Violante .... production assistant (uncredited)
Alexander Zweig .... assistant to Mr. Rudin (uncredited)
Barbara Turner .... special thanks

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Rated R for sexual content and language
93 min | USA:91 min
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Jennifer Jason Leigh and director Noah Baumbach were married by the time of filming. This was their first collaboration.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Malcolm has trouble recollecting the bassist for Motley Crue, and then remembers that it's Mick Mars. The bass player for Motley Crue is actually Nikki Sixx, although this mistake could have been intentional to further convey the forgetfulness.See more »
Margot:You didn't notice anything different about Pauline?
Margot:She's pregnant. She told me. She's keeping it a secret from Malcolm and even Ingrid, which I think is unforgivable. Now she's gonna have to marry him. What's she planning on doing, getting married and not drinking champagne? Then she's just gonna be lying. I guess she's afraid she'll miscarry. She probably will. I think on some level, she's ambivalent about the marriage. That's why she's not telling him.
Claude:Are you stoned, Mom?
Margot:Maybe a little.
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59 out of 91 people found the following review useful.
Neurotic chaos in the Hamptons, 5 October 2007
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

Baumbach was nominated for an Oscar for Best Screenplay for his amusing, spot-on study of a New York literary intellectual family in crisis, 'The Squid and the Whale.' As befits one who received accolades and some little box office success, he has moved forward with similar themes and a better budget, and was able to enlist not only several more well-known actors but a famous cinematographer, Harris Savides, and a renowned costume designer, Ann Roth. Baumbach has also moved along in time, as it were. If 'The Squid and the Whale' was a parental breakup mostly considered from the viewpoint of a teenage boy, this family analysis has more of an adult sibling focus--though there's a boy on hand who's important. More limited in its time-span than 'Squid,' 'Margot' is more complex in its specifics and in its conversational delineation of neurotics at play. Just about every scene is a relationship meltdown. It's a wonder nobody comes to violence. In fact one character does get kicked in the chest, and a big tree falls down, doing some damage.

Baumbach himself may understand what all this is about, but the choppily edited and shot piece has too little dramatic structure (despite being very much like a play) to go anywhere or make much overall sense. Despite good buzz from some quarters and urban (especially New York) fans, the young director may lose with 'Margot' a sizable slice of the credibility he gained with 'Squid.'

Pauline (Baumbach's wife, Jennifer Jason Leigh), who lives on the family house on an island, is about to be married, for the second time, to out of work artist Malcolm (Jack Black). Her sister Margot (Nicole Kidman) comes with her young adolescent son Claude (Zane Pais). Ingrid (Flora Cross), Pauline's daughter, is there, and a playmate for Claude. Margot is a well-known short-story writer, and it turns out she's scheduled for a reading at a local bookstore with a former flame, Dick (Ciaran Hinds), whom she seems to want to get together with again. Dick's sexy daughter Maisy (Halley Feiffer) is also on hand. Margot has told her husband Jim (John Turturro) not come for the wedding (though briefly he does appear).

Pauline and Margot haven't been getting on well for years, but they both approach this occasion with the misguided assumption that they're nonetheless still each other's best friends and that things are going to be rich and consoling.

But as soon as the good-looking and accomplished, if thoroughly neurotic Margot lays eyes on the fat layabout Malcolm, she goes to work on Pauline to cancel the wedding--even though Pauline reveals she's pregnant. There is a family of nasty neighbors, the Voglers, who want the big tree in the backyard to come down. Its roots are spreading to their property, it's rotting, and it's poisoning their plants, they say.

Margot wants Claude to become more independent, but neither of them is ready for that yet. Nobody seems to be ready for anything, relationship-wise. This is about the only thing that clearly emerges.

One of the problems is in the conception of the main characters. This is not the anguished, edgy Leigh we've often seen in the past but a mellow woman, and despite lack of accomplishment and temper tantrums (which he credibly argues are justified in this crazy situation) Malcolm may have been a sweet guy who clicks very well with Pauline. Margot seems to make trouble for everybody, beginning wit her son. But since she's the most accomplished family member, it's a bit hard to know how to take her. It's a bit hard to know how to take anybody. Complex characters are fine, but nobody in this piece is going in a consistent direction. And this is equally true of the action. Was the wedding meant to have a meltdown before it ever happened?

This is a slice of life in more ways than one. Scenes are constantly cut off and linked to the next by jump cuts, an effect meant to be vérité and sophisticated that tends at times merely to look sloppy. Though Baumbach says he got exactly the look he wanted, it's surprising that the Savides of 'Elephant' and 'Zodiac' would give us so many shots that are seriously under-lit. Again, the effect hovers between original and amateurish.

All this is a shame, because all the actors do great work. The young newcomer who plays Margot's son Claude, Zane Pais, is indeed miraculously natural and believable. Leigh and Kidman do some of their best work, and Jack Black has perfect pitch in every line. There's no doubt that weeks of careful rehearsals on the set, in the house, helped the cast work so well together, and Baumbach knew what he wanted. But it reads as a series of vignettes rather than a film.

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