Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Video

A sheriff sees his state senate bid slide out onto the ice when his daughter begins to date the son of a charming but psychologically disturbed woman with whom the sheriff has engaged in a two-decade-long affair.

Director:

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Set in the world of mega-churches in which a former Deadhead-turned-born again-Christian finds himself on the run from fundamentalist members of his mega-church who will do anything to protect their larger-than-life pastor.

Director: George Ratliff
Stars: Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Marisa Tomei
Aloft (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A struggling mother encounters the son she abandoned 20 years earlier.

Director: Claudia Llosa
Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy, Mélanie Laurent
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Diving to save a camera from a fall down a flight of stairs, high school junior Naomi Sukuse wakes with no memory of the last four years. Naomi must remember who she was and figure out who ... See full summary »

Director: Hans Canosa
Stars: Maki Horikita, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Yuya Tegoshi
4.3.2.1. (2010)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

4 girls out on a 3 days trip in to 2 cities, if they survive. While Jo is working in a supermarket, her 3 friends are all out on their adventures. A chance encounter with diamond thieves sends them on a collision course with fate itself.

Directors: Noel Clarke, Mark Davis
Stars: Emma Roberts, Tamsin Egerton, Ophelia Lovibond
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A congressional candidate questions his sanity after seeing the love of his life, presumed dead, suddenly emerge.

Director: Keith Gordon
Stars: Billy Crudup, Bill Haugland, Nelson Landrieu
Creation I (2009)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Torn between faith and science, and suffering hallucinations, English naturalist Charles Darwin struggles to complete 'On the Origin of Species' and maintain his relationship with his wife.

Director: Jon Amiel
Stars: Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly, Ian Kelly
Adult World (2013)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Amy, a naive college graduate who believes she's destined to be a great poet, begrudgingly accepts a job at a sex shop while she pursues a mentorship with reclusive writer Rat Billings.

Director: Scott Coffey
Stars: Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, John Cusack
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An abandoned wife is evicted from her house and starts a tragic conflict with her home's new owners.

Director: Vadim Perelman
Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Ron Eldard
Some Girls (1988)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Michael, a college student, visits his girlfriend Gabriella and her family for Christmas in Canada. When he gets there, she tells him that she doesn't love him any more. Meanwhile, her ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Hoffman
Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Jennifer Connelly, Sheila Kelley
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A light-hearted story of two working-class brothers courting three wealthy and beautiful sisters in a small Illinois town.

Director: Pat O'Connor
Stars: Liv Tyler, Jennifer Connelly, Joaquin Phoenix
Far Harbor (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A group of seven young people spend a weekend in the home of a wealthy yuppie on Long Island and live out their problems.

Director: John Huddles
Stars: Edward Atterton, Jennifer Connelly, Dan Futterman
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Irene is a magazine editor living under the shadow of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. Francisco is a handsome photographer and he comes to Irene for a job. As a sympathizer with the ... See full summary »

Director: Betty Kaplan
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Jennifer Connelly, Stefania Sandrelli
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Betty
...
Willie
...
Emmett
Kevin Patrick Brown ...
Jerry
Tom Van Howe ...
Sheriff's Patrol Host
Ward Burton ...
Ward Burton
...
Dale
...
...
Teacher
...
Mrs. Whitaker
...
Max
Michele DeSelms ...
Local Newscaster
Dennis Rauss ...
Governor
Edit

Storyline

Virginia is a charming, yet mentally ill mother whose greatest love is her protector and illegitimate son, Emmett. But her longest love belongs to the local-married-Mormon Sheriff, who is running for public office and might very well be Emmett's father. This boardwalk town's well-kept secrets are threatened when Virginia's son begins a romantic relationship with Tipton's daughter. "What's Wrong With Virginia" is a humorous, heartfelt drama that pokes at the American dream as it charges toward a climactic shoot out that begs the question: can a woman like Virginia ever play the part of mom? Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The simple life... is rarely simple.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 May 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Virdžinija  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,915 (USA) (18 May 2012)

Gross:

$6,915 (USA) (18 May 2012)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Liam Neeson was replaced by Ed Harris after he dropped out due scheduling conflicts. See more »

Soundtracks

Friendly Fire
Written and Performed by Nick Urata
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

There's nothing wrong with Virginia, but there might be a mormon boy in her closet!
17 September 2010 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to attend the world premiere of Dustin Lance Black's highly personal, unique, and heartfelt new film, "What's Wrong With Virginia", in Toronto. The film owns a quirky charm that reminds me of Tony Richardson's "The Hotel New Hampshire" (1984, based on John Irving's novel), yet with its own very personal style. Jennifer Connelly, more beautiful than ever at 39, gives her best performance since 2003's "House of Sand and Fog". She plays Virginia Nicholaus, a mentally ill single mom who's had an affair with the local Mormon (and married) Sheriff Dick Tipton (Ed Harris, great as always) for 16 years. Her teenaged son, Emmett (newcomer Harrison Gilbertson, very convincing and simply adorable) is her only real love, and their relationship is the real core of the film (Black has stated the film is loosely based on his relationship with his mom). Things get complicated when Emmett - who may or may not be the Sheriff's son - starts dating Dick's daughter, Jessie Tipton (Emma Roberts), and how that and an unwelcome 'revelation' by Virginia can ruin Dick's political goals and marriage.

Black, who won a much deserved Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Gus Van Sant's "Milk" (and gave a groundbreaking, already classic acceptance speech), is not just a terrific writer, but also a natural actor's director. He extracts great performances from his ensemble, and although this is clearly Connelly's show, other cast members deserve to be mentioned: Amy Madigan, married to Ed Harris in real life and in the film, gives a moving, understated performance that could've easily been overplayed/clichéd; she's one of our most underrated character actresses. Carrie Preston, of "True Blood" fame and the best thing about "Duplicity", plays Virginia's friend Betty with gusto, and Toby Jones ("Infamous") is great in a character that starts out as creepy to later become human and even endearing. Yeardley Smith, mostly known as the voice of Lisa Simpson, also has a small part and is one of the executive producers of the film (Christine Vachon and Gus Van Sant himself, who don't get involved with just any kind of material, are some of the others who helped bring this project to life).

"What's Wrong With Virginia" provides lots of laughs and a considerable emotional punch that almost made me sob by the end. It's humorous and outrageous, tragic yet optimistic; it made me feel a range of emotions that most films out there fall short of. Well done, again, Mr. Black! It's comforting to know real auteurs are still blossoming in the world of cinema.


25 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Jennifer's return to Oscars? momiv
jen nude in what's wrong with virginia? u_can_callmedaddy
This movie is filming just down the street from me! Zach126
Still no trailer?? alber82
The music in this movie is amazing.. cryofmankind23
Alternate Titles? eo_guy
Discuss Virginia (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?