Lynn M. Chapman | Spokane, WA | 09/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Unless you were lucky enough to see this movie at one of the film festivals (for which it won several awards!) or a few select cities you missed out on a truly enjoyable film. But here's your chance to finally see and own a movie that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. True it's billed toward the middle age viewer, but I am in my thirties and loved it, as well as many of my friends and family. The actors performances are great, and it's nice to see Brooke Adams back on screen. Written by Lynne Adams and Directed by Tony Shalhoub both of whom also co-star, make this film a winner."
Brooke Adams shines.
The Movie Guy | Florida | 09/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"MADE-UP is a delightfully funny mockumentary, which, though it may be geared primarily for older audiences, is a movie that everyone will enjoy (I am a 19 year old guy and I thought the movie was hilarious). Brooke Adams gives a terrific performance in the lead, and the supporting cast (Brooke's real-life sister Lynne playing her sister in the movie, actress Eva Amurri as Brooke's daughter, and Tony Shalhoub, Brooke's real-life husband) is equally good. I highly recommend this film. It's a comedy that doesn't resort to low-brow or off-color humor for its jokes, and strikes a familiar chord with people of all ages and backgrounds."
Bold, Original Attempt
Jill Morris | 12/01/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
I became interested in seeing Made-Up after discovering the remarkable series, MONK, getting seasons 1-6 on DVD, and then becoming ensorcelled by the dense and nuanced art of Tony Shalhoub. He directed this film on a no money budget and also makes a pivotal cameo appearance.
The work was originally written by his sister-in-law for the stage and she co-stars in the film with her sister, Mr. Schalhoub's wife, Brooke Adams. Ms. Adams has an impressive and unconventional CV in dance, theater and film.
Made-Up is meant to be a satire of fading physical beauty, and, typical of the genre, has serious, socio-cultural underpinnings.
It's original, diverting, often amusing, but Mr. Shalhoub's visual & "musical" intuition... nuclear in a director, seemed compromised by his focus on minutae, and, I believe, a leeeetle too much thinking...not unlike---OMG--- Adrian Monk!
I was MORE disappointed by what felt a lack of erotic charge-- erotic "dance"--- building between Mr. Shalhoub's cameo character who, after a sometimes riotous series of mishaps, becomes involved with the character played by his wife and reawakens her confidence & lifeforce.
Still, I would recommend the film, since, even as it falters, it still pulses with originality, ambition, and the earnest efforts of a gifted and unconventional collective of artists. That they are mostly related by marriage, blood, and also friendship, i.e., Gary Sinese and a serendipitous choice of Susan Sarandon's then teenage daughter to play Ms. Adams' screen daughter is also interesting. Bottom line: I would take it over bloated, obscenely budgeted, cliched commercial releases any day of the week.
The bonus material on the DVD, while no way Kosher to include in a review, added dimension: as usual, the voice over commentary version of the film by the principals, not to mention, footage of Mr. Shalhoub, Ms. Adams and the author, her sister, in the studio, shown discussing the narration just after they completed it.
There was one luminous moment in the latter when Ms. Adams makes a single, ingenuous, palpably authentic gesture of adoration toward her husband. It immediately made me wistful, wishing its essence had marked the film itself.
I love this movie!
Mindy A. Morgenstern | New York, NY | 12/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Brooke Adams and Tony Shalhoub shine in this fantastic film about a woman's (Adams) reconciliation with mid-life. Expertly written by Lynn Adams and directed by Shalhoub. Brooke Adams performance is her best ever and is NOT to be missed."