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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Catherine Keener
Brenda Blethyn
Emily Mortimer
Raven Goodwin
Dermot Mulroney.
Directors
Nicole Holofcener.
Screenwriters
Nicole Holofcener.
Running Time
90 minutes

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Lovely and Amazing
Who'd have thought spending 90 minutes with a bunch of neurotic women could be such fun?


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Plot
When Jane Marks is in hospital for surgery, her self-obsessed kids - former beauty queen Michelle, insecure actress Elizabeth and adopted, African-American Annie - are forced to pull together as a family.


Review
It has been five years since Nicole Holofcener's debut, Walking And Talking, but she's used it wisely; honing her scripting skills on Sex And
The City and knocking this second writer-director project into shape.

Three of the parts were written for their inhabitants (Brenda Blethyn's young-at-heart mum, Dermot Mulroney's egotistical actor and Catherine Keener's bitter Michelle), and the remaining roles are so well cast, they may as well have been tailor-made.

Particular stand-outs are Emily Mortimer - with a brave, show-stopping, flesh-baring scene - the young Raven Goodwin as the bolshie adoptee and Jake Gyllenhaal as Michelle's unlikely employer.

Incident-filled, rather than plot-driven, the film's core group of characters all have time to reveal their foibles and grow from irritating cyphers into likeable human beings, providing plenty of bitter-sweet humour along the way.


Verdict
Who’d have thought spending 90 minutes with a bunch of neurotic women could be such fun? An intelligent, unassuming drama that’s never less than enjoyable.


Reviewed by Emma Cochrane

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Jane (Blenda Blethyn) is a middle-aged woman with three daughters (one adopted) and a widening waist-line that she wants gotten rid of, so a few days in hospital having liposuction is the only answer. Michelle (Catherine Keener) is Jane's oldest daughter, a failing artist desperately trying to sell her home-made arts and craft to shops that aren't interested. She is also failing in the bedroom department with her husband, and clings onto every smile from every strange r she meets. Elizabeth (Emi... More

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