MARGOT AT THE WEDDING
Release Date: November 16, 2007
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Jack Black,
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Zane
Pais, John Turturro, Ciarán
Hinds, and Flora Cross
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 93 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Vantage
Director: Noah Baumbach
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Scott Rudin
Writer: Noah Baumbach
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Nicole Kidman stars as Margot Zeller, a razor-tongued, pseudo-intellectual writer estranged from her unassuming sister, Pauline. Margot sets off with her teenage son, Claude, to attend Pauline’s small wedding at the family home their deceased mother gave Pauline. As soon as Margot meets Malcolm, Pauline’s unemployed fiancé, she plants seeds of doubt about the planned nuptials. Other complications ensue, including Margot’s own marital troubles. In the midst of these complications, Margot and Pauline eventually must rely on one another for emotional support. Margot also must realize that her marital woes, and acid tongue, should not drive a wedge between her and her son, Claude.
By the end of this movie, Margot re-connects with her sister and her son, but she does so without God’s help and without any objective moral standards, much less biblical ones. In fact, all of the characters in the story are pretty much of a mess, but the acting and the humor in the piece help bring the story and characters to life. The movie contains too much unacceptable foul language and sexual content without consequences, however.
Also, the quirky quality of the story and the characters probably will not appeal to a broad audience, so MARGOT AND THE WEDDING is likely to have trouble finding a following. Jack Black creates a funny character in Malcolm, however. This may help attract some viewers. There is some funny, interesting chemistry going on between him, Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Jason Leigh, who plays Pauline. Also, Zane Pais creates a sympathetic character in Margot’s son, Claude. The foul language piles up rather high, however, especially for such a short movie. Without a proper spiritual and moral vision, people will perish.
MARGOT AT THE WEDDING is a well-acted, often funny movie about a quirky dysfunctional family. There is some funny, interesting chemistry going on between Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Jason Leigh, who plays Pauline, and Jack Black, who plays Malcolm. Also, Zane Pais creates a sympathetic character in Margot’s son, Claude. Margot reconnects and bonds with her sister and her son, but she does so without God and without any objective moral standards. The movie contains too much unacceptable foul language and sexual content without consequences. Without a spiritual vision, people will perish.