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|Lovely and Amazing|
Actors: Catherine Keener, Brenda Blethyn, Troy Ruptash, Emily Mortimer, Raven Goodwin
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Portrays four women in one family trying to keep up with their lives. Genre: Feature Film-Drama Rating: R Release Date: 26-NOV-2002 Media Type: DVD
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Duane S. (superpoet) from FORT WORTH, TX
Reviewed on 7/3/2008...
This is a relationship/chick movie. It follows the lives of 2 sisters, their mom, and their adopted black sister. It is disturbing in parts as when the sister asks why she doesn't need sun block. They tell her "she's already brown." This movie is called an alternative "sex and the city" movie. One of the sisters has a one night stand with a 17 yr. old. The mother goes in for liposuction and nearly dies.
The Marks Women
MICHAEL ACUNA | Southern California United States | 07/03/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Nicole Holfcener's "Lovely and Amazing" is not all lovely and amazing but it certainly is pretty and unique. I think the film's success or failure depends largely on how you perceive/like/tolerate/love/hate Catherine Keener; for she is the kingpin and the do or die of this movie.
On the negative side, Catherine Keener-wise, she has pretty much been playing the same role for the last ten years: super smart, a bit needy, marginally successful, and sometimes strident. And she exhibits many of these traits in the role of eldest daughter Michelle Marks, daughter of Jane (Brenda Blethyn) and older sister of Elizabeth (Emily Mortimer).
On the positive side, Keener has some rare for her quiet, dramatic scenes that she handles with aplomb. These scenes mostly involve her mother and her stepsister and they are refreshing in that Keener is allowed to show her softer, vulnerable side. She also has some hilarious, loopy, smartly written and directed scenes with Jake Gyllenhaal as her erstwhile and amorous "boyfriend."
"Lovely and Amazing" follows the lives and loves, the ups and the downs of the Marks women in their various quests for boyfriends, flatter tummies, fulfilling jobs, etc.
Holcener has infused the film with humor and a slightly off-center wit that carry the film along at a fast clip but she also knows how and when to slow down the pace and get serious. There are many touching scenes such as the one between Elizabeth and Kevin McCabe (Dermot Mulroney) in which she asks him to assess her naked body because, like most of us, she has body issues. He reacts by pointing out the mostly good as well as the not so bad. He calls the incident "refreshing" and indeed it is in an astringent, gee-she's-really naked-for-three-minutes kind of way. Heretofore, McCabe, an actor and closet good guy has been painted as a jerk but Elizabeth obviously sees something we don't and proves to be right.
"Lovely and Amazing" is a rare breed of film: one that can make you laugh and then laugh harder. It touches not only your heart but your soul as well."
Sensitive film with as much to say to men as to women
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 11/29/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"LOVELY & AMAZING is just what this beautiful little film is. Though the main characters are all bruised women - wannabe actress, flailing crafts-maker housewife, adopted African American 8 year old who grapples with obesity/skin color/genetic parent memories, and the mother of all three of these who places her 'embarassingly aging body' in the hands of a plastic surgeon - the etiology of thier dysfunction is tightly joined to their questionable ability to interact with men. The men range from a womanizing husband, an insensitive lover, an 'unavailable' doctor who begin the path toward the women's testing their needs and fears with movie stars and adolescents. In the hands of a lesser writer/director this could be corny, but with Nicole Holofcener's skill she creates plausible people and situations that are the perfect blend of comedy with tragedy. The cast is outstanding: Brenda Blethyn's mother demonstrates once again how versatile this actress truly is, Catherine Keener and Emily Mortimer and Raven Goodwin give us fully realised characters and the contributions of the "good guys" Jake Gyllenhall and Dermot Mulroney really bring heart to the story. The remainder of the cast is uniformly strong. Some people are classifying this as a "Chick Flick", but speaking as a man I think there is much to be learned about the frailties and strengths of women and the concurrent availability of worthwhile men available to them if each can swim past the social and emotional barricades we learn and see the lovely and amazing aspects of the individual heart."
Wonderful and Irritating
Richard Wells | Seattle, WA USA | 08/13/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Lovely and Amazing," is a wonderful and irritating little film. To paraphrase Pogo, "We have met the characters and they are us." All the leads in this movie are self-absorbed to the point of audience exhaustion, but at the same time they are all, somehow, likable. They are us, because they are more than us. The filmmakers have held a mirror to nature, and though the image is distorted because it is larger than life, I'd be surprised if every viewer did not find some part of themselves in anyone of the characters. Many of the laughs are generated in moments of audience recognition. The style is naturalistic, and there were scenes in which I felt like a total voyeur. - uncomfortable but strangely attracted. The actors, without exception, inhabit their roles, and bring truth to their characterizations. A good summer movie with more on its mind than most. Recommended."