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Kate O'Riordan (screenplay)
Kate Long (novel)
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Release Date:
19 February 2007 (UK) See more »
Karen Cooper wants to domineer her family and believes she's its pillar. In fact she does everything wrong. Thus she messes up all their lives and futures, rather then help her loved-ones. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Robin Sheppard 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kate Long  novel
Kate Long  screenplay
Kate O'Riordan  screenplay

Produced by
Abi Bach .... associate producer
Hugo Heppell .... executive producer
Harry Oulton .... producer
Alison Owen .... executive producer
David Roessell .... producer
Sascha Schneider .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Russell 
Film Editing by
Liz Webber 
Casting by
David Shaw 
Production Design by
Emma Dibb 
Art Direction by
Jo Baker 
Costume Design by
Theresa Rymer 
Makeup Department
Claire Jones .... makeup supervisor
Lisa Rocco .... makeup department head
Jill Sweeney .... makeup designer
Victoria Yates .... makeup artist
Production Management
Moira Brophy .... post-production supervisor
Faye Ward .... head of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guy de Glanville .... second assistant director
Mike Gallivan .... third assistant director
Lee Trevor .... first assistant director
Art Department
Steve Bedford .... construction manager
David Ede .... painter
Sam Hargreaves .... art department runner
Carl Heaton .... property master
Kim Rowley .... production buyer
Alan Shaw .... prop hand
Alan Sprawson .... carpenter
Barry Tracey .... painter
Zoe Wight .... art department assistant
Ross Wilson .... stand-by props
Sound Department
Phil Cape .... assistant sound
Dan Dewsnap .... sound engineer
Pip Norton .... dubbing mixer
Chris Nuttall .... dialogue editor
John Pearson .... sound mixer
John Pearson .... sound supervisor
Ray Nicholas .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Bevan .... focus puller
Ross Chapman .... best boy
Daniel Gadd .... clapper loader
Daniel Gadd .... focus puller: second unit
Steven Gardner .... clapper loader dailies
Richard Haines .... camera trainee
David Manfield .... lighting gaffer
Terry Maskell .... electrician
Joe McLean .... electrician
Ryan Nguyen .... digital imaging technician
John Rundle .... grip
Luke Selway .... clapper loader: dailies
Lee Wiseman .... electrician
Casting Department
Mohsan Qureshi .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joanne Evans .... costume assistant
Angela Wellwood .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Chris Beeton .... colorist
Christian Wheeler .... assistant editor
Music Department
Steve Parr .... music recordist
Other crew
Andy Brunskill .... production assistant
Joseph Churchill .... floor runner
Hannah Crank .... production secretary
Sarah Hulls .... assistant accountant
Lisa Kenny .... floor runner
Rebecca Lamb .... production runner
Janis McMorrine .... production accountant
Mona Qureshi .... head of development
Lynn Roberts .... production coordinator
Harriet Sutcliffe .... assistant location manager
Charlie Thompson .... location manager
Dominic Threlfall .... floor runner
Sarah Urban .... floor runner
Faye Ward .... head of physical production
Christine Wilson .... script supervisor

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language, thematic elements and some smoking
71 min
Australia:M | USA:PG-13 (certificate #46159)

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Eh..., 22 October 2011
Author: MrsGeorgeHarrison from United States

I chose to watch this film before I read the book so as to form an unbiased opinion. Having said that, I still had issues with the film.

The movie could have been at least half-an-hour longer. There were bits where it felt like pieces of the story were missing. Given that the film was from Charlotte (Holliday Grainger) and Karen's (Catherine Tate) perspective, there was just not enough to give each character a thorough arc. The entire film was rushed and incomplete; like when you write and essay at the last minute, without having read the book.

Despite all this, the performances were fantastic by all the cast members. I must note, however, that Steve (Steve John Shepherd) and Leo (Steve Pemberton) felt like unnecessary characters. They had so little screen time, and so little importance to the main story that the film could have done well without them. If they had been removed, it would have provided space to insert those missing parts I mentioned earlier!

There were some pretty funny one-liners and banter. The opening monologue in particular was incredibly funny.

Overall, I feel the movie definitely could have been better. But as is, it's fairly entertaining.

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