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Lovely & Amazing (2001)

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Self-esteem and insecurity are at the heart of this comedy about the relationship between a mother and her three confused daughters.

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Nicole Holofcener
3 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Troy Ruptash ... Photographer (voice)
Emily Mortimer ... Elizabeth Marks
Brenda Blethyn ... Jane Marks
Raven Goodwin ... Annie Marks
Catherine Keener ... Michelle Marks
Ileen Getz ... Saleswoman
Kristen Dalton ... Saleswoman
Romy Rosemont ... Dr. Debbie Waldman
Aunjanue Ellis ... Lorraine
Brooke Allison ... Pool Administrator
Jennifer Zehnder Jennifer Zehnder ... Teased Girl
James Le Gros ... Paul
Ashlynn Rose ... Maddy
Clark Gregg ... Bill
Dreya Weber ... Donna
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Storyline

The Marks family is a tightly-knit quartet of women. Jane is the affluent matriarch whose 3 daughters seem to have nothing in common except for a peculiar sort of idealism. Setting the tone of vanity and insecurity, Jane is undergoing cosmetic surgery to alter her figure, but serious complications put her health in real danger. Former homecoming queen Michelle, the eldest daughter, has one daughter of her own and an alienated, unsupportive husband. Elizabeth, the middle sister, has an acting career that is beginning to take off, but is timid and insecure, and habitually relieves her trepidation by taking in stray dogs. Only the youngest sister, Annie, an adopted African American 8-year-old, stands a chance of avoiding the family legacy of anxious self-absorption. If only her intelligence and curiosity will see her through what promises to be a confusing adolescence. Each of the women seeks redemption in her own haphazard way. Written by Anonymous

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If you're hoping for the perfect family don't hold your breath.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Lions Gate [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Nicole Holofcener See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$91,910, 30 June 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,186,931, 22 September 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Michelle first sees Annie in McDonald's, she does not have a drink on her tray. When she walks closer to Annie she has a drink on her tray . See more »

Quotes

Kevin McCabe: Are you one of those actresses who don't eat?
Elizabeth Marks: I never eat. Ever. In fact, I'm dead.
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Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »

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Forgiven
(2001)
Written and Performed by Deb Talan
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Refreshing & Inspiring
5 July 2002 | by Rogue-32See all my reviews

The thing that makes this movie so - I have to say it - lovely & amazing is what it doesn't do: it doesn't attempt in any shape or form to be commercial, it doesn't compromise its integrity or the integrity of its characters in any way, and it doesn't try to be cute or clever or witty or deep. It simply invites us into the characters' lives and lets us share them for a couple of hours. No judgment, no big overblown speeches, no hystrionics. No car crashes, no dead bodies, no funerals. No artifice, no heavy-handedness, no contrivances.

Nicole Holofcener achieved the same effect in Walking & Talking, which had the same 'effortless' feel to it, and the always-wonderful Catherine Keener is in both, as well. The cast also includes Brenda Blethyn, Emily Mortimer and Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko himself!) and everyone is superb, creating beautifully nuanced and subtle characterizations that ring entirely true.

I trust Holofcener (even though I can't pronounce her name yet) - she doesn't seem like she's going to sell out and make anything remotely commercial anytime in the future, her vision is far too pure for that, which makes her lovely & amazing in my book.


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