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Carolina (2003)

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A young woman escapes her wildly eccentric family in search for a life of normalcy.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Stiles ... Carolina
Shirley MacLaine ... Grandma Mirabeau
Alessandro Nivola ... Albert Morris
Randy Quaid ... Ted Mirabeau
Edward Atterton ... Heath Pierson
Azura Skye ... Georgia Mirabeau
Mika Boorem ... Maine Mirabeau
Jennifer Coolidge ... Aunt Marilyn
Alan Thicke ... Chuck McBride
John Capodice ... Ernie the Cook
Lisa Sheridan ... Debbie
Ambyr Childers ... Young Carolina
Daveigh Chase ... Young Georgia
Lauri Johnson ... Susan the Waitress
Michael Panes ... John
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Storyline

Carolina Mirabeau was raised 'free-spirited' with two sisters by eccentric, domineering grandma Millicent in the country. Carolina's city neighbor, talented and witty Jewish author Albert Morris, is her best friend, confidant and the wacky family's favorite guest. Yet she begins dating Heath Pierson, an 'all too perfect' upper class brilliant Britton, whom she met in the TV studio where she's fired as dating show candidates-screener. But the past and some truths catch up with all of them. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Filmax [Spain]

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 2004 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Carolina Torn Asunder See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kathy Bates was originally considered for the role of Grandma Mirabeau, later given to Shirley MacLaine. See more »

Goofs

When Carolina and Albert are driving in Albert's Jeep Grand Cherokee to Carolina's grandmother's house for Thanksgiving, the Jeep clearly doesn't have any license plates on the front or back of the vehicle; instead there are dealership advertisement plates. Later in the movie, when Albert goes to dinner with his new girlfriend and her parents, an actual license plate can be seen on the back of the Jeep. See more »

Quotes

Carolina Mirabeau: Who wants to say grace?
Albert Morris: I do.
Grandma Mirabeau: Oh, Albert, I love you like a son, honey. But you Jewish people, you can't go and kill Christ and expect to have a sit down conversation with him later.
Albert Morris: Fine. He's all yours. I'll chat with him over dessert.
[Everybody laughs]
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Strong acting and memorable lines
18 January 2004 | by rondaddySee all my reviews

This movie has been a long time coming. After waiting a year for Miramax to release it in the US, I picked up the DVD via Canada. Although not perfect, it was sweet and very well acted. Ms. Stiles continues her skill of creating a new personality for each of her screen appearances, and she has NEVER looked better. Her range is amazing. She once again delivers a very powerful performance. In fact, all of the actors were impressive. Shirley MacLaine's role is more than a cameo, and she delivers. Randy Quaid was a pleasant surprise. In a role where he could easily have gone over the top; he didn't. Azura Skye did a great job and had several very memorable moments. I look forward to seeing her again. The child actress chosen to play the young Carolina is an uncanny young version of Ms. Stiles. Along with the acting, the dialog was consistently smart and sharp. Miramax should release and promote this film for no other reason than it contains some of the all-time great movie lines. Not every aspect or scene worked for me, but most did. I enjoyed and recommend it.


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