Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lovely & Amazing (2001)

Director: Nicole Holofcener. Cast: Catherine Keener, Emily Mortimer, Brenda Blethyn, Dermot Mulroney, Jake Gyllenhaal. 91 min. Rated R. Comedy/Drama.

A mother and her two middle-aged daughters struggle with a common issue: a severe sense of insecurity. The mother submits to cosmetic surgery, and the daughters are failures at finding jobs. So they act out on their significant others, and the inappropriate responses from those misunderstood others compounds the problem. Retrospectively for Holofcener, a director with later superior (Please Give) and far superior (Enough Said) films, this can be considered a pleasant warm-up. It also shows some inventiveness at creating colorful moments for characters to hurl obscenities at others behind their back - and sometimes in their face.

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