LOVELY & AMAZING
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Cast: Catherine Keener, Emily Mortimer, Brenda Blethyn, Raven Goodwin, Aunjanue Ellis, Clark Gregg, Jake Gyllenhaal, James LeGros, Dermot Mulroney
MPAA Rating: (for language and nudity)
Running Time: 1:29
Release Date: 6/28/02
Capsule review by Mark Dujsik
is a refreshing reminder that not every movie about women must be a hollow,
empty, self-indulgent "chick flick."
a film about a group of women with problems, some of which are legitimate and
others that are fabrications of society. What’s
so utterly honest about this film is that by the end, the women come to realize
that there are no and never were any obstacles to overcome and that all of those
problems they work so hard on trying to fix or waste so much energy worrying
over mean absolutely nothing in regards to the kind of person they are.
The story focuses on three sisters and their mother.
Michelle (Catherine Keener) is the oldest sister.
She’s married with a daughter and has been failing to sell her art
(miniature chairs and homemade wrapping paper).
Elizabeth (Emily Mortimer) is the middle daughter.
She’s an incredibly self-aware and insecure actor (are there any other
kind?). Annie (Raven Goodwin) is the
youngest daughter. She's an
eight-year-old African-American girl who was adopted into the family fairly
recently. The mother is Jane (Brenda
Blethyn), who spends the majority of the film in the hospital, recovering from
liposuction surgery. What do these
women have in common? Well,
they’re all at low points in their respective lives.
They all (except the youngest) have trouble with men.
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