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Lovely & Amazing (2001)

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Self-esteem and insecurity are at the heart of this comedy about the relationship between a mother and her three confused daughters.

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Nicole Holofcener
3 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Troy Ruptash ... Photographer (voice)
Emily Mortimer ... Elizabeth Marks
Brenda Blethyn ... Jane Marks
Raven Goodwin ... Annie Marks
Catherine Keener ... Michelle Marks
Ileen Getz ... Saleswoman
Kristen Dalton ... Saleswoman
Romy Rosemont ... Dr. Debbie Waldman
Aunjanue Ellis ... Lorraine
Brooke Allison ... Pool Administrator
Jennifer Zehnder Jennifer Zehnder ... Teased Girl
James Le Gros ... Paul
Ashlynn Rose ... Maddy
Clark Gregg ... Bill
Dreya Weber ... Donna
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Storyline

The Marks family is a tightly-knit quartet of women. Jane is the affluent matriarch whose 3 daughters seem to have nothing in common except for a peculiar sort of idealism. Setting the tone of vanity and insecurity, Jane is undergoing cosmetic surgery to alter her figure, but serious complications put her health in real danger. Former homecoming queen Michelle, the eldest daughter, has one daughter of her own and an alienated, unsupportive husband. Elizabeth, the middle sister, has an acting career that is beginning to take off, but is timid and insecure, and habitually relieves her trepidation by taking in stray dogs. Only the youngest sister, Annie, an adopted African American 8-year-old, stands a chance of avoiding the family legacy of anxious self-absorption. If only her intelligence and curiosity will see her through what promises to be a confusing adolescence. Each of the women seeks redemption in her own haphazard way. Written by Anonymous

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If you're hoping for the perfect family don't hold your breath.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Lions Gate [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Nicole Holofcener See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$91,910, 30 June 2002

Gross USA:

$4,222,923

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,677,852
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

While swimming in the backyard pool, Annie's hair goes from being in pigtails/not in pigtails throughout the scene. See more »

Quotes

Jordan: Do you have alot of friends?
Michelle Marks: No, actually I think people are too self-involved.
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Connections

Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

The Microphone Song
(1999)
Written by Oliver Hallquist (as O. Hallquist), 'Erik Hjarpe' (as E. Hjarpe), Gustav Lindroth (as G. Lindroth),
Mattias Nihlen (as M. Nihlen) and Clemens Martensson (as C. Martensson)
Performed by Poetized
Courtesy of LoveCat Music
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Genuinely Lovely
20 July 2003 | by grahamclarkeSee all my reviews

Few directors have a firm grip on creating comic works which while making us laugh or smile, also move us deeply. Chaplin's genius was founded on this blend of emotions. When Time magazine's cover labeled Wood Allen "comic genius" it was this same principle they were commending, though his films over the past 20 years would largely disprove this assumption.

Nicole Holofcener's small output prevents making any kind of assumption as yet, but in "Lovely and Amazing" she displays remarkable ability in dealing with the pain people (mostly female) experience in grappling with the issue of self esteem. Throughout the movie and without any lapse, she reveals the comic side of human frailty. We laugh at the characters with compassion rather than derision. It's a feat of great skill and much promise.

Holofcener clearly works well with actors, Brenda Blethyn, Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney, Emily Mortimer and Jake Gyllenhaal, all are spot on with their characters. She also elicits a lovely underplayed performance from inexperienced child actor Raven Goodwin.

Holofcener has produced a genuinely lovely film; one that portends amazing things yet to come.


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