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Virginia (2010)

R | | Drama | 18 May 2012 (USA)
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A sheriff sees his state senate bid slide out onto the ice when his daughter begins to date the son of a charming but psychologically disturbed woman with whom the sheriff has engaged in a two-decade-long affair.

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Dustin Lance Black

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Connelly ... Virginia
Ed Harris ... Richard Tipton
Carrie Preston ... Betty
Barry Shabaka Henley ... Willie
Harrison Gilbertson ... Emmett
Kevin Patrick Brown Kevin Patrick Brown ... Jerry
Tom Van Howe Tom Van Howe ... Sheriff's Patrol Host
Ward Burton Ward Burton ... Ward Burton
Paul Walter Hauser ... Dale
Emma Roberts ... Jessie Tipton
Paul Boocock ... Teacher
Yeardley Smith ... Mrs. Whitaker
Toby Jones ... Max
Michele DeSelms Michele DeSelms ... Local Newscaster
Dennis Rauss Dennis Rauss ... Governor
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Storyline

Virginia is a charming, yet mentally ill mother whose greatest love is her protector and illegitimate son, Emmett. But her longest love belongs to the local-married-Mormon Sheriff, who is running for public office and might very well be Emmett's father. This boardwalk town's well-kept secrets are threatened when Virginia's son begins a romantic relationship with Tipton's daughter. "What's Wrong With Virginia" is a humorous, heartfelt drama that pokes at the American dream as it charges toward a climactic shoot out that begs the question: can a woman like Virginia ever play the part of mom? Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

The simple life... is rarely simple.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Virdžinija See more »

Filming Locations:

Holland, Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,915, 20 May 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,915, 20 May 2012
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Trivia

The Saugatuck High School Marching Band of 2010 preformed as the band on the beach. See more »

Quotes

Jessie Tipton: Do you believe in God? Or are you an atheist sitting scientist?
Emmett: I don't know.
Jessie Tipton: So, it's either one or the other, then. I got you a letter. Meet me, 1 PM.
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Soundtracks

Copacabana
Written by Jack A. Feldman, Barry Manilow, Bruce H. Sussman
Performed by Barry Manilow
Courtesy of Arista Records LLC
By Arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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quirky unfunny
3 November 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Slightly disturbed Virginia (Jennifer Connelly) lives with her protective son Emmett in a Virginian town. She's in a long-term affair with Sheriff Richard Tipton (Ed Harris) who is married to Roseanna (Amy Madigan) and has daughter Jessie (Emma Roberts). Emmett is in love with Jessie. Richard uses his powers to keep them apart. Virginia tells Richard that she's pregnant. He's running for the State Senate and pays her out of the campaign funds. She's actually faking it. There is also a cross dressing Max (Toby Jones) with his pink ferris wheel. It all ends with a bank robbery.

This is filled with quirky characters that aren't funny. The story meanders a lot. There are a few surprises which don't do much. It's either a comedy that fails to be funny or a drama with too much chaotic quirkiness. Connelly projects a beautiful damaged soul which could be great for a sad drama. I'm just not sure what this movie is trying to be.


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