MARGOT AT THE WEDDING 2008

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Margot and her son Claude decide to visit her sister Pauline after she announces that she is getting married to less-than-impressive Malcolm. In short order, the storm the sisters create leaves behind a a mess of thrashed relationships and exposed family secrets.

Starring:
Zane Pais, Susan Blackwell
Runtime:
1 hour 32 minutes

MARGOT AT THE WEDDING

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Noah Baumbach
Starring Zane Pais, Susan Blackwell
Supporting actors Nicole Kidman, Jack Black, Flora Cross, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Seth Barrish
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 Sep 2011
Format: DVD
This is a film that will probably sharply divide the audience. I suspect that some will find it deep and meaningful, and others (like me) will find it pretentious and pointless.

The film centres around Margot (Kidman), invited to her estranged sister's wedding and with her young son in tow. Margot is a self centred prat who proceeds to annoy everyone around her and causes much chaos.

Probably intended as a character study, the film comes over as pointless. The characters are pretty one dimensional, and don't really develop. There are hints of back stories that could be interesting, and might explain a character's behaviour, but these are only hinted at and never explored. Added to which the characters are almost universally unlikeable, most of them being the sort of people I would cross the road to avoid. It is hard to watch a film when you just cannot engage with any of the characters.

The director leads the characters through a series of situations, populated by random other characters who suddenly appear out of nowhere then vanish again for no apparently good reason. It's a rather confused and meaningless mess which doesn't have anything to say to me. I resent having wasted time watching it to the end. 1 star only.
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Format: DVD
Written and Directed by Noah Baumbach who co-wrote a few Wes Anderson films such as `The Life Aquatic' and `Fantastic Mr Fox' you would expect this film to be similar in tone to those films. However, the humour isn't as constant and it is even gentler and realer than Wes' films. Fans of Wes Anderson will enjoy this though it is more sombre but it still makes you smile where it should. You should understand it is an understated, gentle comedy becuase casting Jack Black will be misleading to people who know nothing about this film.

The writing and visuals are great but it is the performances that stick with you. Kidman is magnificient; cold and harsh but also the most fragile performance she's played. She's funny but delivers a performance that feels real and genuine and that's an achievement considering a lot of her performances are so theatrical and extravagent. Jack Black hits the right comedic balance and reminds you of a older more world weary version of his character in `High Fidelity'. All other actors are brilliant, even the kids give really strong performances. It is filmed in hand held long takes but it's clearly well crafted, framed and lit to create great images whilst feeling natural and not drawing too much attention to itself. The tone is unique and brilliant, moving from repressed feelings to releasing raw powerful feelings no matter how harsh they are. It is not afraid to go to dark places where other films fear to tread which makes the characters more real and you form a stronger connection with them.

This is an excellent film if you want something gentle, touching, raw and more than many films of recent years, a film that feels real.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 July 2010
Format: DVD
This is a very good follow up film from Noah Baumback, and if you enjoyed 'The Squid And The Whale' the this is very similar in tone. Jennifer Jason Leigh and Nicole Kidman were both excellent, though Jack Black really seemed way out of his depth and the film really highlights the fact that the only character Jack Black can play is Jack Black. Black's shakey performance aside, the film is a terrific look at the relationship between two very different sisters, one an easy going family woman and the other an arrogant, narcissistic and selfish mother who puts her own needs far above her own family. And while the film is labelled as a comedy, it is far more subtle and dark than laugh out loud comedy, so if you're expecting laughs you're going to be disappointed, but of you enjoy small character based films then this is well worth a look.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. G. Coy on 28 Mar 2008
Format: DVD
After watching The Squid and The Whale (one of my favorite films of all time) I was so looking forwards to watching this film. I have just got back from watching it. And my thoughts... okay I guess. I did feel all the way through that this film was a throw back to The Squid and The Whale, but simply not as good, not a funny, the characters did not have the same impact. Yes, this film focuses around family relationships, dis-functional family members etc, but it did not have the quirky comedy, a strong narrative that it really needed. Kidman was great, but she could not save this film. Jack Black really played himself, very funny... but he is not the strongest actor, and it appeared (to me) that he was trying to play a 'serious role' in a indie film to add to his c.v. Black is so MTV that is difficult to see him as anything else.

In fact, I am quite indifferent with this film. There are worse ways to kill time, but don't expect too much.
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By Aaron on 4 Jan 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film doesn't make an effort to make the audience comfortable and therein lies it's success. It has a documentary feel and centers around the slightly unhinged relationship of two sisters. It is real and quite raw. There are moments of quiet sadness and moments that are actually quite funny. Nicole Kidman is great and Jack Black gives a memorable performance. Worth watching indeed!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Mar 2009
Format: DVD
`Margot at the Wedding' is a slow paced, dull and completely miss-able film. It follows a family reunion (before a wedding we never get to see) and looks at the dysfunctional relationship between two sisters and between a mother and her son. The acting is OK, but not fantastic and the main issue with this film is that you have no idea what motivates the characters and makes them behave in the ways they do. Kidman's character is a cross between a bygone hippy and repressed neurotic, a very strange mix. You get glimpses of her `wild' past with talk of drug taking and casual sex and yet she seems so buttoned up and repressed as an adult it all becomes quite irrelevant. You never quite find out what happened to her to make her so objectionable and argumentative as an adult and it quickly gets tiresome to see her constantly snipe and complain to the other characters. Jack Black is quite good in a more serious role and it makes a refreshing change from the whooping and gurning in his more comedic roles. This is one of those film with no real beginning, storyline or ending and where as usually this makes for an endearing look at everyday life, here it came across as contrived and boring. From the trailers I saw of this I was expecting great things, almost a comedy type film, instead you get 88 minutes of turgid storyline, average acting and unsatisfying viewing. This is easily one you can miss without any worries.

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