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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 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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Trivia

The screenplay has an autobiographical slant in that Nicole Holofcener has an adopted black brother. Catherine Keener's character has an adopted black sister in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Michelle is berating her mother for giving Annie cookies & Annie is standing in the doorway with the cookies, she has a stack of cookies in one hand in one shot, and in the next shot they are in the other hand, and there are more of them. See more »

Quotes

[Cindy gives Elizabeth an aromatherapy candle as a gift]
Elizabeth Marks: This is so sweet of you.
Cindy, Elizabeth's Agent: Nah, I'm re-gifting. It has self-esteem and tranquility.
Elizabeth Marks: I'm so happy for it.
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Connections

Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #2.13 (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

I Must Be Crazy
(2000)
Written by Susan Hyatt (as Susan Heyat)
Performed by Pillbox
Courtesy of Music For The Masses
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A slice of life about 3 sisters and their mother living an upper middle class life in New York - but a life full of shadows and nuances.
28 December 2012 | by donniefriedmanSee all my reviews

Yes, this movie was authentic. But that was the problem. I don't look for escapism at the movies - not at all. But I do look for an intensification of regular humdrum life. If being authentic means being humdrum - well, to me that isn't art. Everything was so understated; what was missing was real drama or conflict. We were supposed to feel some sort of redemption at the end, but it didn't happen because the audience just wasn't emotionally engaged. I mean the protagonists were recognizable, but elicited no strong feelings in this viewer. Well, at least it was a cautionary tale about liposuction. I really have nothing more to say, but the guidelines require a 10-line review, so yada yada yada....


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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

Gross USA:

$4,222,923

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,677,852
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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