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Margaret (2011)

R | | Drama | 1 June 2012 (Italy)
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A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives.

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Kenneth Lonergan
9 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Paquin ... Lisa Cohen
J. Smith-Cameron ... Joan
Mark Ruffalo ... Maretti
Jeannie Berlin ... Emily
Jean Reno ... Ramon
Sarah Steele ... Becky
John Gallagher Jr. ... Darren
Cyrus Hernstadt Cyrus Hernstadt ... Curtis
Allison Janney ... Monica Patterson
Kieran Culkin ... Paul
Matt Damon ... Mr. Aaron
Stephen Adly Guirgis ... Mitchell
Betsy Aidem ... Abigail
Adam Rose ... Anthony
Nick Grodin ... Matthew
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Storyline

Bothersome New York City high-school student Lisa Cohen (17), who consistently messes up her life and that of boy classmates, searches New York in vain for a fit cowboy hat to wear at an excursion with her separated father and stepmother. Spotting one on bus driver Maretti's head but failing to board, she stubbornly runs along and keeps claiming his confused attention, until the bus hits a blind senior, who is wounded fatally The NYPD quickly closes the case as an accident, but Lisa, duly consumed by guilt and spared any charge, starts bothering everyone and making a mean pest of herself, not only at home, as self-absorbed actress mother may deserve, but also in the precinct, tracking down the victim's uninterested kin out of town and even Maretti at home. A family friend lawyer gets involved in the case, digging in to compromising circumstances and causing real trouble to people who were of the hook. Written by KGF Vissers

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, sexuality, some drug use and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 2012 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Margarita See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,525, 2 October 2011

Gross USA:

$46,495

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$564,864
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kenneth Lonergan's original script suggested a three-hour film, but he agreed to produce a cut no longer than one hundred fifty minutes, when signing with Fox Searchlight Pictures and Gary Gilbert. See more »

Goofs

There's a close-up shot of a New York Times article about the bus driver. The article says he works for the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The correct name is the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. See more »

Quotes

David: A red light case is a 50-50 proposition already.
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Alternate Versions

Extended version released on DVD runs for 178 minutes. See more »

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Referenced in English Vinglish (2012) See more »

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Written by Ariel Rechtshaid, Josh Kessler and Jesse Shatkin
Performed by Mc Azziel and D.J. Shakin
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An OK movie that tried to put too much in & because of that it didn't have any emotional impact. Worth watching though. I say B-
7 July 2012 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"I know I was distracting you but I did see the bus go through the red light and I saw you hit that woman." Lisa Cohen (Paquin) is a typical New York teenager. Doin OK in school and has a testy relationship with her mother. One day she goes out looking for a cowboy hat and after a few stores she is disappointed when she can't find one. By chance she notices that a bus driver (Ruffalo) is wearing one and she runs along side of the bus trying to get his attention. He smiles and waves at her, taking his eyes off the road and ends up running down and killing a woman. Trying to protect herself and the driver Lisa doesn't tell the truth in the report. That lie begins to consume her life and she is now bent on revealing the truth, but that sounds easier then it is. I have thought for awhile that when a movie starts to creep up on the 2 1/2 hour mark it better be worth it and interesting. I also think that some directors take the stance that the longer the movie the better the movie. This is not always the case. I open with that for a reason. This is actually a pretty good movie that deals with an interesting issue about a teenager dealing with a traumatic experience in her day to day life. The main problem with this is that it tried so hard to show how she was dealing with it that they couldn't decide what to cut out. So they showed just about everything. Unnecessary scenes of her at school and a whole sub-plot about her mother's stage play and boyfriend really took the focus off of the main reason for the movie. I'm not saying this is a bad movie because it is worth watching, but it could have taken a lot out to give it the emotion that it should have. Overall, a decent movie but because of too much going on it was hard to stay focused and emotionally involved. Watch it and you will see what I mean. I give it a B-.


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