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Margot at the Wedding (2007)

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Margot and her son Claude decide to visit her sister Pauline after she announces that she is marrying less-than-impressive Malcolm. In short order, the storm the sisters create leaves behind a mess of thrashed relationships and exposed family secrets.

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Noah Baumbach

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Noah Baumbach
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zane Pais ... Claude
Susan Blackwell ... Woman on Train
Nicole Kidman ... Margot
Jack Black ... Malcolm
Flora Cross ... Ingrid
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Pauline
Seth Barrish ... Toby
Matthew Arkin ... Alan
Brian Kelley Brian Kelley ... Bruce
Christian Hansen Christian Hansen ... Fireman
Michael Cullen ... Mr. Vogler
Enid Graham ... Mrs. Vogler
Sophie Nyweide ... Vogler Daughter
Justin Roth Justin Roth ... Vogler Son
Ciarán Hinds ... Dick Koosman
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Storyline

A slice of family life: sisters, husbands, children, history, secrets, jealousies. Margot and her teen son, Claude, travel from Manhattan to her family's Long Island home, occupied by sister Pauline, Pauline's daughter, and Malcolm, the slacker Pauline will marry outdoors that week under a tree neighbors want removed. Backbiting marks family discussion, particularly between the sisters and in Margot's cutting remarks to Claude. Pauline tells Margot a secret that Margot promptly tells Claude. Margot dislikes Malcolm and undermines him. She also has marital problems and a lover nearby. People are cruel, inside and outside their families. Is there a refuge for Margot or for Pauline? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One family. Infinite degrees of separation.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nicole at the Beach See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$81,035, 18 November 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,959,420, 31 January 2008
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Scott Rudin Productions See more »
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cinematographer Harris Savides used old lenses and shot mostly in natural light to get the dim, ominous look of the film. See more »

Goofs

Malcolm has trouble recollecting the bassist for Motley Crue, and then remembers that it's Mick Mars. The bass player for Motley Crue is actually Nikki Sixx, although this mistake could have been intentional to further convey the forgetfulness. See more »

Quotes

Malcolm: Make sure you can handle rejection. I can't.
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Connections

References Barely Legal All Stars 1 (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Easy to Be Around
Written & Performed by Diane Cluck
Courtesy of Diane Cluck
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Peek into the life of a family with problems
7 March 2008 | by seawalkerSee all my reviews

"Margot At The Wedding" is one of those small scale, low budget films that turn up now and again to give A-listers, and near A-listers, the chance to do some naturalistic performing. These films are always welcome. I have said it before and I will say it again. The only films that really matter are films about people, in whatever situation they find themselves.

In "Margot At The Wedding" we have Nicole Kidman acting her socks off, Jennifer Jason Leigh demonstrating what a fine and underused talent she is and Jack Black playing a more vulnerable variation on his arrogant loser persona. I was surprised by Jack Black. I like some of his comedies as much as the next guy, but "Margot At The Wedding" is not his normal oeuvre at all, and after an initial thought of 'Jack Black? No way!', I thought he was effective.

"Margot At The Wedding" is a good film, and really kind of enjoyable, even if the whole dysfunctional family thing has been done a million times before. It is as funny as it is dramatic, with secrets revealed, adults behaving badly and children constantly puzzled by the grown ups that are supposed to be setting them a good example. It is a peek into the life of a family with problems.

Just like your family.


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