Lovely and Amazing

 (89)6.81 h 30 min2001R
Four spirited -- and incredibly quirky -- women tackle everything from relationships to careers in this captivating indie drama. Brenda Blethyn is an insecure mother who passed along bits of her neuroses to each of her three very different daughters: Michelle (Catherine Keener), an ex-homecoming queen in a loveless marriage; Elizabeth (Emily Mortimer), an apprehensive actress; and the adopted and precocious 8-year-old Annie (Raven Goodwin).
Nicole Holofcener
Brenda BlethynCatherine KeenerEmily Mortimer
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Dermot MulroneyMichael NouriRaven Goodwin
Anthony BregmanEric d'ArbeloffMichael EscottDebra GriecoTed HopeMichael KafkaJason KliotCharles J. RusbasanJoana VicenteJudith Zarin
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3.9 out of 5 stars

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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 28, 2016
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Strictly for fans of soap operas and train wrecks only. The movie's about an extended family (grandmother, three daughters (one an adopted kid), and husband/boyfriends/others) of mostly unpleasant, often immature people. Might be OK if you are feeling bad about your emotional life and want to feel better by seeing others in worse shape. Don't expect to be entertained, amused, informed or uplifted. It does have a couple of titillating scenes to keep guys from walking out.
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Nearly NormalReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2003
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The good things about the movie: it is very real, and captures the idiosynchrasies of the women remarkably well (a mother and her two daughters through a period of change.)
The bad things about the movie: although the movie is well made, the narrative is more than a bit lacking dragging the pace beyond any trickle of entertainment (and I recognize this is subjective.)
That it is so real is also the movie's weakness. One daughter stands naked before her new lover and begs a frank assessment, good and bad, of her body. Another takes a job at the one hour photo after failing to sell her home made wrapping paper. Mommie dear thinks maybe her liposuction doctor is flirting with her.
All you are left with is the feeling of having looked through a neighbor's window. The lives of these women occupy the space between tragic and heroic, in sight of both but touching neither.
Somewhat depressing to watch but if you like "reality" this is as real as it gets.
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azbrokerReviewed in the United States on January 1, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Ok but not perfect
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On the screen it says “promo copy” not for sale” at various times throughout the movie. I’m assuming the seller did not know this.
sefriendlyguyReviewed in the United States on August 5, 2019
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Juan HartingReviewed in the United States on August 25, 2006
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Another wonderful film by Nicole Holofcener !!!
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When I watched her film Walking and Talking, at the Angelika Film Center in New York, almost 10 years ago, I was totally impressed with the simplicity of the story and the perfect tone. Nicole Holofcener is definitively one of my favourite directors. I am a film producer, and I would love to produce a film directed by her. As simple as that. Here, with Lovely & Amazing, she did it again. It's just perfect. The film has a wonderful balance, a subtle pace, a connection with reality that is quite unusual and difficult to find. Her characters don't talk all the time, but they listen, and so do we, the audience. Lovely & Amazing is a film that totally meets its name: it is absolutely lovely and amazing to watch.
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R. SteinhardtReviewed in the United States on March 3, 2005
3.0 out of 5 stars
Bad sound, stick-figure male characters
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The mix and remix of sound for this DVD is so bad I suggest you turn on the subtitles so you can follow the dialog more easily. Excellent male actors are given little or nothing to do. Given these faults and the lack of any real movement in the characters, there is a lot that is excellent. There is close observation of details in how we talk to each other, much of which is very funny. Catherine Keener once again shows how excellent an actor she is, inhabiting her character so completely and naturally she saves the movie. Her examples of "fake" and real smiles are terrific to watch, as is her panic being at a party where she is a nobody. In a way this movie is part insider "Hollywood " joke and part essay on female insecurities.

The director has inserted a subplot about an adopted sister that is good by itself but not really needed as part of the flow and it detracts from the overall effect.

Rent it for Keener, otherwise as an example of a project that did not quite make it.. And also as an example of how important sound is to get right.
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Luis A. MadiedoReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2018
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Four Stars
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Very good
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Kindle CustomerJRMReviewed in the United States on August 5, 2017
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For Insecure Women that want to laugh
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Love Jake Gyllenhaal
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