LOVELY AND AMAZING
Sad, Self-Focused Sisters
Starring: Catherine Keener, Brenda
Blethyn, Emily Mortimer, and
Rating: R for language and nudity
Runtime: 89 minutes
Distributor: Lions Gate Films
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Executive Producer: Michael Kafka, Jason Kliot,
and Joana Vicente
Producer: Anthony Bregman and Ted Hope
Writer: Nicole Holofcener
Address Comments To:Tom Ortenberg, President
Lions Gate Films
5750 Wilshire Blvd., #501
Los Angeles, CA 90036
What are people thinking? This is the story of three sad, self-focused sisters, and their sad, slightly less self-focused mother. Though it was difficult to pinpoint the protagonist (a BIG no-no in screenwriting rules), let’s say it was Michelle (Catherine Keener). Michelle is a foul-mouthed, angry, lazy, self-loathing 36-year-old who tries to sell her homely crafts to upscale stores. She is continually rejected but simply curses at her rejecters and storms off, never utilizing her college degree to try for better employment. This angers her husband, who is having an affair with her best friend and would probably like his wife to be occupied elsewhere. Michelle’s poor, sweet child gets completely neglected during her mother’s selfish pursuit of meaning and pleasure.
The next possible protagonist would be Elizabeth (Emily Mortimer), a neurotic model/actor who insists, at one point, that her one-night-stand-actor-boyfriend criticize her naked body, from head to toe, and give his honest appraisal of her physical strengths and weaknesses. (How this will make her less neurotic, no one knows, but the boyfriend complies.)
The youngest sister is an adopted, overweight black girl, Annie (Raven Goodwin), who has numerous issues of her own, including the fact that she wants to be white and thin. Annie’s birth mother is a crack addict, and she never knew either a birth father or an adoptive father.
The mother is Jane (Brenda Blethyn), a lady completely unable to see or deal with her daughters’ weaknesses, though she loves them all. One of her daughters says of her, “Mom doesn’t like the facts of her life, so she tunes it out.” Jane’s big story is that she is getting a tummy tuck from a hunky doctor, and all the daughters wonder if a romance will spring forth.
The movie intertwines these pathetic lives into a bigger, more pathetic tapestry, and in the end, no one has really changed.
MOVIEGUIDE® audiences will want to note the language and nudity issues, but even more offensive and sad is the total lack of redeeming values to the story. The producers tagged this a comedy, of all things, but few audiences will be able to see the humor. The story is dark and hopeless, the ultimate fruit of the worlds’ system of thinking, void of the answers, meaning and peace that come through a saving knowledge of and relationship with Christ Jesus.
There are numerous language and nudity issues in LOVELY AND AMAZING, and a lack of redeeming values to the story. The story is dark and hopeless, the ultimate fruit of a godless way of thinking, void of the meaning and peace that come through a saving knowledge of and relationship with Christ Jesus