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Lovely & Amazing [DVD] [2007]

Catherine Keener , Brenda Blethyn , Nicole Holofcener    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Catherine Keener, Brenda Blethyn, Emily Mortimer, Raven Goodwin, Aunjanue Ellis
  • Directors: Nicole Holofcener
  • Producers: Anthony Bregman, Eric D'Arbeloff, Ted Hope
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: In 2 Film
  • DVD Release Date: 30 April 2007
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P1KTKK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,982 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Wealthy Los Angelino Jane Marks (Brenda Blethyn) has three daughters who seem to have nothing in common with each other or even Jane: married thirtysomething Michelle (Catherine Keener); Elizabeth (Emily Mortimer), an aspiring actress in her twenties; and adopted African-American eight-year-old Annie (Raven Goodwin). When Michelle's husband complains about her not working, she first tries her hand at selling her art and then gets a job at a photography shop, where she begins an affair with her 17-year-old boss Jordan (Jake Gyllenhaal). Meanwhile, Elizabeth worries about her love-life and her career, looks after some stray dogs, and goes out on a date with popular actor Kevin McCabe (Dermot Mulroney). For her part, Annie starts faking her death in the swimming pool, and as for Jane, she suffers complications after a liposuction operation. Despite all this, the family somehow manages to keep going.

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3.4 out of 5 stars
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The characters in "Lovely & Amazing" are not terribly likeable to begin with. They just seem unfairly rude and cynical and they are certainly not perfect. I found myself worrying I would have to spend an hour and a half with these people.
Luckily, though, the characters grow on you. They grow on you because we understand why they are cynical, and why they are often rude. They follow a path, during the movie, the never feels unrealistic. When the characters make decisions we feel not that the screenplay is telling them what do to, but that the characters are choosing what to do - the writer never lets his ego stop their evolution. Soon into the movie I began to sympathise with the characters and not long after I found myself liking them, too.
The main characters in "Lovely & Amazing" are all women - but this is not a 'chick-flick', a term I would consider either sexist or a pathetic way to excuse bad writing. Anyone can sympathise with these characters, regardless of the technicalities. There is the mother, Jane Marks (Brenda Blethyn), her two daughters Michelle (Catherine Keener) and Elizabeth (Emily Mortimer) as well as her adopted African American daughter, Annie (Raven Goodwin), considerably younger than her sisters.
Other characters diffuse in and out of their lives. Michelle is married to a man who seems to have lost all interest in her. She has no job, but passes the time by making little chairs out of twigs, and attempting to sell them to uninterested shops. When her husband tells her to get a job, she does - an eight-dollar-an-hour job at a one-hour photo stand. Her 'boss' is Jordan (Jake Gyllenhaal), a teenage boy with a crush on her. They have an affair, which goes disastrously wrong.
Elizabeth is an unmarried actress (so to speak), but is in a relationship with a man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for a regular TV series 19 Dec 2012
By Mikey TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film was very enjoyable indeed. Featuring some very good performances from the whole cast, its an enjoyable story centred around three women. I just wish that this would have been the pilot for a TV series. Jake Gyllenhaal also stars as a teenage shop worker who has a crush on an older woman.
Good enjoyable film!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and Amazing dvd 16 April 2011
Format:DVD
A witty and cynical view of the lives of a mother and her three daughters, all are insecure and dissatisfied with their lives and long for change and the film tracks how they all progress an develop but not necessarily how they had imagined. Brenda Blethyn gives a wonderful performance as the hopelessly flawed mother.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling movie 11 Jan 2011
By C Jones
Format:DVD
I'm a big fan of this director Nicole Holofcener's work having seen Please Give and Friends With Money and this one doesn't disappoint either. Keener is brilliant as usual and the young actress who plays her black adopted sister is also truly an amazing acctress in her own right and totally believable unlike many child actors.

The film just follows the trials of the everyday lives of a family of women but there is never a dull moment and the characters are all complex and interesting people rather than 'types'. It's also extremely funny. I watched it again with my sister two weeks after first seeing it and still really enjoyed it.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This is the second film that writer/director Nicole Holofcener has made, and I think that she has succeeded very well in making a highly original film with very interesting characters. Some people feel that the dialog is very good, although on occasion it felt a bit off to me. The story doesn't really go much of anywhere, but that's not really the point of a film like this. The acting in this movie was uniformly very good among the women.

"Lovely and Amazing" documents several days in the life of a mother and her three daughters. The mother, Jane (Brenda Blethyn), is in the midst of a mid-life crisis and decides to service herself through a liposuction treatment. As she is going through with the procedure, she asks her daughter Michelle (Catherine Keener) to take care of her younger, adopted sister Annie (Raven Goodwin). Michelle is a house-wife/artist who becomes so enthralled in her work of home-made miniature chairs that she asks ridiculous prices for them before storming out of stores at their disapproval. The third sister, Elizabeth (Emily Mortimer), is rescuing homeless dogs in between visits to her agent. Having just completed her roll in a Hollywood film, Elizabeth does her best to stay a humanitarian en route to what she wants to be success.

Eventually, all four women's problems are projected in full effect. Jake Gyllenhaal reprises his role as the adolescent roué who somehow ends up bedding Catherine Keener (just like Jennifer Aniston in "The Good Girl"). He is perfectly cast with his dark, sultry looks, and wild puppy eyes. Raven Goodwin played her part naturally well and shined on every scene. She is clearly a very talented actress and I've notice recently a lot of child actors on screen are really getting better in their roles.
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