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Blue Valentine (2010)

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The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dean
... Cindy
... Frankie
... Jerry
... Bobby
Marshall Johnson ... Marshall
Jen Jones ... Gramma
... Glenda
James Benatti ... Jamie
Barbara Troy ... Jo
Carey Westbrook ... Charley
... Dr. Feinberg
Eileen Rosen ... Mimi
... Professor
Ashley Gurnari ... Checker
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Dean Pereira and Cindy Heller Pereira are a young, working class married couple - Dean currently working as a painter, and Cindy working as a nurse in a medical clinic - with a young daughter named Frankie. Despite their relatively tender ages, they are both ravaged by the life they've eked out together and by the experiences they've had leading into their marriage. Dean, a high school drop out, comes from a broken home, where he never really had a mother figure. He never saw himself getting married or having a family despite falling in love at first sight with Cindy. He doesn't have any professional ambition beyond his current work - which he enjoys since he feels he can knock off a beer at 8 o'clock in the morning without it affecting his work - although Cindy believes he has so much more potential in life. Cindy also comes from a dysfunctional family, with her own mother and father not setting an example of a harmonious married or family life. One of her previous serious ... Written by Huggo

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A Love Story. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R on appeal for strong graphic sexual content, language, and a beating | See all certifications »

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28 January 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Triste San Valentín  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$193,728, 2 January 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,737,892

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,566,240
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1.66 : 1
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In 2015, Rachel Weisz revealed to The Playlist that at one point, she and Jeremy Renner were supposed to be in this movie but it did not work out for either of them. Weisz would finally work with director Derek Cianfrance in The Light Between Oceans (2016). See more »

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All the cars driven by the actors had Pennsylvania license plates on the front. That is inaccurate, since in Pennsylvania you only get one license plate, which goes on the back. See more »

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Dean: In my experience, the prettier a girl is, the more nuts she is... which makes you insane. You're probably nutty coo coo crazy.
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The initial credits, showing major cast and crew, play over a montage of stills from the film and clips of fireworks. See more »

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Yankee Doodle
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Written by Richard Shuckburgh
Performed by Children at the recital
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A story for the wounded
26 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

Blue Valentine is one of the most depressing and well done films I've ever seen.

It is one that I will recommend that everyone see. Not because I want them to be sad or because I think they could learn anything new but because I think everyone should want to see the best of everything and this film is the best of its genre that I have ever seen. The acting is perfect. The metaphors are delicious and the hidden signs are just waiting to be uncovered.

Another great thing about this movie is that it is interesting to get different perspectives from your friends as to what they think happened in the movie and to whose side they are on. It is unlikely that they will have trouble connecting to or relating to the characters in Blue Valentine no matter if they have ever been married or had kids before.

Don't expect this to be a date movie or a nice happy rom-com. It is pretty much the anti-thesis of a date movie.


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