A dealer in "outsider" art travels from Chicago to North Carolina to meet her new in-laws, challenging the equilibrium of this middle class Southern home.


Phil Morrison
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 21 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Embeth Davidtz ... Madeleine
David Kuhn ... Auctioneer
Alessandro Nivola ... George
Alicia Van Couvering Alicia Van Couvering ... Bernadette
Jerry Minor ... Scout who stays outside
Matt Besser ... Scout who goes in
Will Oldham ... Bill Mooney, scout
Frank Hoyt Taylor ... David Wark
Scott Wilson ... Eugene
Ben McKenzie ... Johnny
Celia Weston ... Peg
Amy Adams ... Ashley
Bobby Tisdale ... Norman Venable at Replacements, Ltd.
Beth Bostic Beth Bostic ... Lucille, the neighbor
Joanne Pankow ... Sissy, David Wark's sister


Successful Carolinian George Johnsten meets Chicago art gallery owner Madeleine at an electoral benefit art auction- love at first sight. Madeleine decides to meet a Southern original artist, so George seizes the opportunity to come along and present her to his North Carolina parents Eugene and Peg, drop-out brother Johny and his high-pregnant wife Ashley. Confronting the outsider soon opens a can of worms as emotions revive or emerge, like admiration and jealousy. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Ashley's monologue about cheerleading and meerkats was used for Amy Adams' audition. The scene was also later used on the talk-show circuit when Adams was promoting the film. See more »


In the hospital room, Ashley's hair repeatedly moves from being behind/not behind her ear between shots. See more »


Peg: [examining an antique baby spoon] I don't believe that can go in the dishwasher...
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Crazy Credits

A list of 121 extras is included in the credits, although these credits are given separately from the cast list, after most of the crew credits have been shown. See more »


Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) See more »


String Quartet in G Major, Op. 54/1
Allegro moderato by Joseph Haydn (as Franz Joseph Haydn)
Performed by the Kodaly Quartet
Courtesy of Naxos of America
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6 April 2007 | by lancekozSee all my reviews

I've enjoyed reading a few of the "loved it" ratings and a few of the 'hated it" ratings of movies I've seen recently...and find myself able to agree with aspects of both. The "haters" here complain this movie is slow, plot less and stereotypes Southerners. Some of that is true...this is definitely a character study, slice-of-life, indie film. Some viewers look forward to that, and are pleased when everything including the kitchen sink is not forced into a script.

The strength of this film is the interface between characters. I found them quirkily individual enough to be believable. Amy Adams positively inhabits the role of a strong, faithful, but childish, young mother, and her interactions with an intellectual, worldly, professional sister-in-law are touching, and funny. The interactions between the controlling Southern mother with her silent but wise husband and her redneck son are credible and well enough written. Also, there is a somewhat crazy, but highly inspired visionary artist....and that is a frightening and accurate portrayal.

Unfortunately, there are character inconsistencies, and the film does seem to linger in the sadder aspects of the story more than I would've liked, especially for a movie whose comic bits were so strongly done. It is not a broad comedy, but an investigation of goals and faith done through a brilliant cast who make you chuckle. Afterwards, the humor and heartache portrayed by Amy Adams' character is so wonderfully written and acted, I wished for a whole film just about her.

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Release Date:

16 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Junebug See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,739, 7 August 2005

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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