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Ceremony -- Sam Davis (Angarano) coerces his estranged friend to spend a weekend together in a beachside town, though his true intention is to prevent his crush, Zoe (Thurman), from marrying a famous documentary filmmaker (Pace).
Ceremony -- In this clip from Ceremony, Zoe confronts Sam and asks him exactly what he's doing at her wedding.
Ceremony -- Uma Thurman discusses her career, her favorite roles, and her movie Ceremony.


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Writer (WGA):
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Release Date:
16 June 2011 (Thailand) See more »
He's the love of her life. She just doesn't know it yet.
Two friends are off on a weekend outing. Marshall thinks the trip is to re-establish their friendship, but Sam has ulterior motives in mind as he crashes the wedding of a woman he still loves. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Michael Angarano ... Sam Davis

Uma Thurman ... Zoe

Reece Thompson ... Marshall Schmidt

Lee Pace ... Whit Coutell

Jake Johnson ... Teddy

Brooke Bloom ... Margaret Cornish

Harper Dill ... Carol Archer

Rebecca Mader ... Esme Ball

Nathalie Love ... Blonde Maid

Charlie Moss ... Nico Spicer
Lisby Larson ... Nina Pileggi
Paul Amodeo ... Bruce Singer
Philip Carlson ... Butler
Catherine Russell ... Party Guest #4

Jack Koenig ... Party Guest #5
Jerrin Holt ... African Man
Von Jeff ... Von
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Steve Triebes ... Groomsman #2

David Boston ... Wedding Ceremony Guest (uncredited)

Oscar J. Castillo ... Chef (uncredited)
Joe Dolinsky ... Chef #2 (uncredited)

Directed by
Max Winkler 
Writing credits
Max Winkler (written by)

Produced by
Kathryn Dean .... line producer
Emilio Diez Barroso .... producer
Daniel Dubiecki .... executive producer
Alex Garcia .... executive producer
Polly Johnsen .... producer (as Polly Cohen Johnsen)
Darlene Caamano Loquet .... producer
Jason Reitman .... executive producer
Corrie Rothbart .... executive producer
Billy Rovzar .... executive producer
Rudy Scalese .... co-producer
Matt Spicer .... producer
Joshua Zeman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Eric D. Johnson 
Cinematography by
William Rexer 
Film Editing by
Joe Landauer 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Paul Schnee 
Production Design by
Inbal Weinberg 
Set Decoration by
Hannah Newman 
Costume Design by
Heidi Bivens 
Makeup Department
Qodi Armstrong .... hair department head
Jason Hayes .... personal hair stylist: Uma Thurman
Michelle Kearns .... makeup department head
Julie Anna Kehoe .... key hair stylist
Sherri Berman Laurence .... makeup artist: Uma Thurman
Amanda Miller .... wigmaker
Christopher Milone .... makeup artist
Cynthia O'Rourke .... makeup artist
Vanessa Heshima Sims .... co-key hairstylist
Joelle Troisi .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Maura Anderson .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jolian Blevins .... second assistant director
Daniel Lugo .... second second assistant director
Yann Sobezynski .... first assistant director
Cedric Vara .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Jamie Arbuckle .... set dresser
Ashley Botkin .... art department intern
Cory Brown .... props
Katie Clinebelle .... on-set dresser
David Gettens .... art production assistant
Johnny Grace .... carpenter
Hannah Grotbo .... art department intern
Rachel Jones .... product placement coordinator
Michael Kall .... key carpenter
Alicia Leatherbury-Lamberti .... scenic charge
Richard Peete .... property master
Dylan Pettengill .... art production assistant
Kathleen Pullan .... art intern (as Kathleen Pullan Blanco)
Bridget Rafferty .... art department intern
Laurie Sheridan .... scenic artist
Aude Temel .... art department supervisor
John Udell .... leadman
Rob Yapkowitz .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
David Briggs .... dialogue editor
Patrick Cicero .... sound effects editor
Rusty Dunn .... sound effects editor
Sam Fishkin .... sound recordist
Lewis Goldstein .... sound re-recording mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... supervising sound editor
Justin Gray .... sound mixer
Cate Montana .... adr editor
Cate Montana .... dialogue editor
Joe Origlieri .... additional boom
Tom Ryan .... adr mixer
Tom Ryan .... apprentice sound editor
Eric Walendzinski .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Drew Jiritano .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Steve Drypolcher .... visual effects
Chris Barnes .... marine stunt coordinator
Jeff Medeiros .... stunt double
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Matthew R. Staley .... stunt double: Michael Angarano
Camera and Electrical Department
George Bianchini .... steadicam operator
Bob Calandro .... grip
Ted Chu .... camera operator: a
Nicole Cosgrove .... assistant camera
James Daly .... camera loader
Gregg de Domenico .... second assistant camera
Jennifer Evans .... dolly grip
David Giesbrecht .... still photographer
Spencer Gillis .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Ed Koza .... grip
James McMillan .... key grip
Adam Miller .... first assistant camera
Scott H. Ramsey .... gaffer
Brett Walters .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Rich Delia .... casting assistant
Allison Estrin .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rebecca Edmonston .... key costumer
Olivia Janczyk .... wardrobe intern
Rachel Keesecker .... wardrobe intern
Kristen Koenig .... wardrobe assistant (as Kristen Konzet)
Stephani Lewis .... assistant costume designer
Vanessa Porter .... wardrobe supervisor
Shir Weinberg .... wardrobe intern
Editorial Department
Nick Houy .... first assistant editor
Robert Judge .... assistant di editor
Scot Olive .... digital intermediate colorist
Angus Spottiswoode .... assistant editor
Matthew Evan Walsh .... post-production supervisor (as Matthew Walsh)
Randy Yang .... post-production intern
Corey Stewart .... digital intermediate engineer (uncredited)
Music Department
John Carbonara .... music editor
Matt Cartsonis .... music producer
Joseph S. DeBeasi .... composer: additional music
Howard Paar .... music supervisor
Micki Stern .... music clearance
Sherry Whitfield .... music editor
Other crew
Noor Ahmed .... legal
Katri Billard .... script supervisor (additional script supervisor)
Sam Boyd .... assistant to Matt Spicer
Andrew Cesana .... script supervisor
Reyn Danesi .... stand in: Reece Thompson
Shannon de Zeeuw .... production secretary
Glenn D. Feig .... production legal counsel
Brian James Fitzpatrick .... production assistant
Scott Friedman .... production assistant
Conor Griff .... production assistant
Benjamin Hamilton .... stand in: michael angarano
Stephanie Lou Hauge .... office intern
Kevin Hindley .... script clearance
Tom Maloney .... key p/a
Tom Maloney .... key production assistant
Christopher Menges .... location manager
Jayar Myers .... location scout (as JR Myers)
Vance Owen .... associate producer
Ricardo Palacio .... associate producer
Holly Pilch .... production coordinator
Ezra Pugh .... production assistant
Blair Richman .... assistant to Mr. Winkler
Javier Rojas .... craft service
Steve Shapiro .... production accountant
Melissa Silver .... photo double (uncredited)
Melissa Silver .... stand-in (uncredited)
Claire Skowronek .... production assistant: Ms. Thurman
Erin Sweeney .... assistant location manager
Lyon Taylor .... location scout
Chris Vecchio .... intern production assistant (uncredited)
Chris Vecchio .... office intern
Alexander Warrick .... office intern

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Rated R for some language, sexual references and drug use
89 min
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Germany:12 | Singapore:PG13 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:11 (DVD rating) | USA:R (certificate #46151)
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Michael Angarano was originally cast to play as the best friend and Jesse Eisenberg was to play Sam, but Eisenberg dropped out and Angarano was promoted to the lead role.See more »
[first lines]
Sam Davis:[reading for children's book] He would not take no for an answer. Our young hero traveled a great many leagues beneath the ocean's surface to find his shackled mermaid. And he had no intention of leaving without her. However, the evil Sea King had other plans. Like a mad man driven by love and revenge, he unsheathed his spear gun and fired!
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19 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
The romantic desperation of flawed characters with humour, love and understanding, 28 August 2011
Author: napierslogs from Ontario, Canada

Sam (Michael Angarano) is going to take his friend Marshall (Reece Thompson) on an adventure. It starts with Sam referring to liking a book in his "younger and more vulnerable years." Sam used to think it was written about him; Marshall thinks it is written about him. And if you already know which book they are referring to, the characteristics of Sam and Marshall, and the adventure they are about to go on, instantly fall into place.

Marshall doesn't yet know, but Sam is chasing after a girl. You probably already knew that because after all, that's what Gatsby was doing too. And because "Ceremony" is a romantic comedy. The girl is Zoe (Uma Thurman) and she's about to marry Whit because he's rich and handsome. Sam, although just as immature, is likely a bit more well-read than Gatsby, and he makes some hilarious and shrewd remarks about Whit and Zoe, their relationship, and about the relationship he would like to have with Zoe.

"Ceremony" is not actually like "The Great Gatsby", but the simple parallels that you can make amongst all the characters, illustrates how anyone would be able to find something to connect to in Fitzgerald's classic. And then afterwards, you will be able to find an extra layer of meaning in "Ceremony".

This is a romantic comedy, or coming-of-age journey, that is delightfully funny, whimsically quirky, but with a real sense of character. It is written and directed by Max Winkler, son of the Fonz, and he shows a natural ability coupled with a strong sense of humour and intellect. What makes me confident that he will become a great writer is when his characters discuss the art of writing characters all the while being completely oblivious to their own flaws.

Michael Angarano shows that he is becoming the star that he deserves to be (if this finds an audience) with his quick delivery of witty lines and his ability to sport a moustache and a burnt-orange suit throughout the entire movie without ever making a single joke feel tired. The younger Reese Thompson (playing the year-and-a-half older Marshall) seemed a bit out of his league, but then again he's playing a character who is a bit out of his league.

Although it takes place during a weekend wedding with a guy trying to win over a girl, it doesn't follow any standard romantic comedy trajectories. Marhsall observes those around him as he slowly matures, and Sam gets pretty much exactly what he deserves for his current level of maturity and understanding of human nature. "Ceremony" gives us that green light at the end of the dock to believe in, the orgastic future of filmmaking.

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