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Beatriz at Dinner (2017)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 9 June 2017 (USA)
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A holistic medicine practitioner attends a wealthy client's dinner party after her car breaks down.

Director:

Miguel Arteta

Writer:

Mike White
2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
Salma Hayek ... Beatriz
John Lithgow ... Doug
Connie Britton ... Kathy
Jay Duplass ... Alex
Amy Landecker ... Jeana
Chloë Sevigny ... Shannon
David Warshofsky ... Grant
John Early ... Evan
Enrique Castillo ... Marcus
Soledad St. Hilaire ... Rosa
Amelia Borella Amelia Borella ... Heidi
Sean O'Bryan ... Security Guard
Natalia Abelleyra ... Suzana
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Salma Hayek is stranded at a client's house and becomes a somewhat unwilling guest at a snooty dinner party that evening. She winds up being a thorn in the side of the hosts and their invited guests.

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She was invited, but she's not welcome. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and a scene of violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beatriz Aksam Yemeginde See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$141,958, 9 June 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,115,854, 5 October 2017
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1.85 : 1
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The movie features music from Mike White's previous TV series Enlightened (2011), which also had episodes directed by Miguel Arteta. See more »

Goofs

Beatriz drives from Santa Monica south to Newport Beach, but we see her driving on the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills, which is many miles northwest not only of Santa Monica but Los Angeles proper. See more »

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Beatriz: All tears flow from the same source.
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An Ending (Ascent)
Written and Performed by Brian Eno
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Great Black Comedy of Awkwardness
26 June 2017 | by Okonh0wpSee all my reviews

Selma Hayek plays Beatriz a masseuse with a cordial relationship to a wealthy California socialite (Connie Britton as Kathy). When her car breaks down, Kathy suggests she stay for their dinner party. Kathy's husband (David Warhofsky) begrudgingly agrees in hopes that Beatriz will stay out of the way of his big client but chaos ensues when the big client, Doug Strutt (John Lithgow), proves to be an unapologetic blowhard and Beatriz turns out to be more expressive than expected. To make matters worse, Strutt might have built a hotel in Beatriz's Mexican hometown that demolished the local economy.

It's a clash of one of the haves and someone who was born out of the have-not sector and it's every bit as cringe-inducingly glorious as you would imagine if you like that style of humor.

Mike White (who has done a lot of interesting work including the TV show "Enlightened") writes an excellent screenplay that brings out the tension beautifully. A couple of major reviews have criticized the film for hitting its viewers over the head with class and race symbolism, but it's themes of the awkwardness inherent in dinner parties and other social gatherings among unfamiliar people of different stations is universal.

Connie Britton does great work as a legitimately compassionate person who just happens to be caught between two opposite personalities.


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