Lovely and Amazing

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Released 2001

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Director:
Nicole Holofcener
Released:
2001
Rating:
R
Lovely and Amazing is a 2001 drama-comedy about a woman and her three daughters as they all cope with their own insecurities and hang-ups on their quest to happiness. Jane Marks, played by Brenda Blethyn, worries about losing her figure as she gets older. She’s a wise woman but she can’t help dreaming of being young and thin. She has three daughters, two of which are well into adulthood, and one adopted African American pre-teen. Michelle Marks has a husband and family. Her dreams of finding a career as an artist have proved fruitless, and she’s recently taken a position developing photos for the sake of her family. Elizabeth Marks is an aspiring actress with a long-term boyfriend, Paul (James Le Gros), who she has trouble opening up to emotionally. Young Annie struggles with her own body image. She feels loved by her adopted family, but Jane fears Annie doesn’t have enough connection with her own heritage. Lovely and Amazing is a touching and honest film about four women at different stages in their lives, all trying to make it as best they can.moreless

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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Like the best of personal, independent cinema -- it is both marvelously observed and completely individual. There is no film like this film, and that is something you don't hear ev...

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Holofcener's smart, acidic comedy Lovely and Amazing zeroes in on contemporary narcissism and its fallout with a relentless, needling accuracy.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Engaging, intermittently insightful but too glib to wring full value out of its subject matter.

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