An editor offers Reese (actress/bartender) $100,000 for her recently dead mom's letters from her novelist dad. She heads home from NYC to get them. Her dad lives in the garage while two strangers live in the house.

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Adam Rapp

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Adam Rapp

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zooey Deschanel ... Reese Holden
Darrell Larson ... Director
John Bedford Lloyd ... Leontes
Deirdre O'Connell ... Deirdre
Mandy Siegfried ... Ruth
Amy Madigan ... Lori Lansky
Dallas Roberts ... Ray
Ivan Martin ... Bartender
Robert Beitzel ... Rob
Laurie Kennedy Laurie Kennedy ... Nun
Will Ferrell ... Corbit
Ed Harris ... Don Holden
Mary Jo Deschanel ... Mary
Amelia Warner ... Shelly
Sam Bottoms ... Brian
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Storyline

Actress Reese Holden has been offered a small fortune by a book editor if she can secure for publication the love letters that her father, a reclusive novelist, wrote to her mother, who has since passed away. Returning to Michigan, Reese finds that an ex-grad student and a would-be musician have moved in with her father, who cares more about his new friends than he does about his own health and well-being. Written by IMDb Editors

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Sometimes you go looking for something you want. . . and find what you need.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some drug use and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The person posing as Reese's mother in the pictures on the wall is Zooey Deschanel's real-life mother, Mary Jo Deschanel. See more »

Goofs

When Reese first slams her hand in the drawer she clearly hits her fingers at their base. When she has lunch with Deirdre and her bruise is revealed, it's on the top of her hand. See more »

Quotes

Shelley: Would he ever show you his stuff?
Reese Holdin: I had to buy every book he has written.
Shelley: Must have been an interesting childhood.
Reese Holdin: Yeah. Competing for attention with twin No.3 Underwood typewriters won't do too much for your self-esteem.
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De-Da Dementia
(2003)
Written by Bill Taylor, Ryan Richardson, Clarque Johnson,
Kenneth Stephenson and Paul Finn
Performed by Kingsbury Manx
Courtesy of Overcoat Recordings
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A good film passing
5 May 2006 | by philip-ctSee all my reviews

What a nice film! The premise is simple: Actress Reese Holden (played by Zooey Deschanel) is offered a lot of money if she can get hold of letters written to and by her late mother and father, novelist Don Holdin (played be Ed Harris). Reese hasn't seen her father for a long time; she hadn't gone to her mother's funeral. Ed Harris, performing with sensitivity and rigour (as in Pollock and The Hours)gives a fine performance as the socially maladaptive, reclusive "genius" counterpointed by s dazed, bewildered, but protective Corbit (Will Ferrell, who gives a fine performance. I've just seen him in The Producers, and physically/vocally he is *completely* different. It's a good role.) Like Pieces of April, the film works with silences, visual cues, and verbal cues intertwined. It is a film which is worth concentrating in - and Zooey Deschanel's performance as Reese Holdin is excellent. She doesn't go over the top, rather it is through a subdued range that she succeeds in winning over the audience. Don't miss this film, or let it pass you by.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 2006 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Winter Passing See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,091, 19 February 2006

Gross USA:

$107,492

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$113,783
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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