Starring: Catherine Keener, Brenda Blethyn, Emily Mortimer,
Raven Goodwin, James LeGros, Clark Gregg, Dermot Mulroney, and
Directed by: Nicole Holofcener
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16x9 Widescreen, 5.1 Dolby Digital, Trailer, Cast and Cew Interviews,
English and Spanich subtittles. Drama. 91 min. BUY
What a phenomenal film. The cast delivers a subtle, yet mesmerizing,
look at the complexities of everyday living and today's family
units. The cast, Catherine Keener, Brenda Blethyn, Emily Mortimer
and Raven Goodwin brilliantly deliver inpeccable performances
in this touching warm and witty film. L&A is filmed
on 24 frame high-definition video but director (and writer) Nicole
Holofcener didn't let that take one stroke of genius away. The
movie just shines.
story follows a family that loves each other in spite of themselves.
The mother (Brenda Blethyn) and her three daughters are modern
snapshot of matter-of-fact American families of today. There's
no father to be found, inner squabbling that really covers jealously
and not the surface animosity one thinks and the love that manages
to prevail bonding them regardless of their faults and erroneous
choices they inevitably make once in a while.
has decided to get liposuction for herself to boast her self-esteem.
The girls go along with it and go on with their own lives as the
procedure takes place.
(Catherine Keener) is having a mid-life crisis, a few years premature.
She has no job, her husband won't have sex with her and her artwork
is unloved, though lovely and amazing. She needs to make some
changes. First on the list is getting a job. When she does she
steps into a whole other side of the breakdown with horrible,
self-degrading, affects. Poor kid.
sister actress Elizabeth (Emily Mortimer) is in a masochistic
relationship with a guy (James LeGros) who passive-aggressively
belittles her. She knows but doesn't yet know she knows. Elizabeth
has a heart of gold; fool's gold but none-the- less gold. She
"collects" stray dogs and gives them a home filled with
misplaced love. She's dipping into the Freudian snuff to say the
least and under her narcissistic shell she's on a journey to find
youngest sister Annie (Raven Goodwin) is adopted. She's much younger
than her siblings and going through an awkward who-am-I- anyway
stage. She acts up and often behaves like a brat. Well, like a
kid, which she is. With her mom in the hospital and her
eldest sister as babysitter, her shenanigans rise to a point of
near tragic results.
audience gets under the family's skin and sees all parts of the
family. In the end the obvious love and affection they share prevails
which was refreshing, because as anybody knows, you can hate and
love your family at the same time!
performances are incredible. Raven Goodwin is a child actor with
grown up talents. Catherine Keener, as always, brings us a thoughtful
quirky film. Brenda Blethyn mixed emotions like a smooth martini
at Barfly. Emily Mortimer's self-loathing innocently facing the
big bad world portrayal was pristine.
Nicole Holofcener's film is sublime and brilliant. This summer
is really turning out to be a "gal's Season" what with
the equally brilliant Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and
Never Again with Jill Clayburgh in theaters; strong women in strong
have cast James LeGros, Clark Gregg, Dermot Mulroney, and young
buck Jake Gyllenhaal as the indie eye candy with tremendous acting
abilties to boot. So Lovely and Amazing is also a manfest
extravaganza people! Purrfect.
this film it's moving and entertaining, intelligent and real,
witty and engulfing, but what else would you expect from Catherine
Keener? Exactly! Enjoy!
Snack recommendation: McDonald's