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  • Actors: Katie Holmes, Oliver Platt, Patricia Clarkson, Derek Luke, Alison Pill
  • Directors: Peter Hedges
  • Writers: Peter Hedges
  • Producers: Alexis Alexanian, Caroline Kaplan, Dianne Dreyer, Gary Winick, Holly Becker
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jun. 2004
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001RVMA4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,206 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Katie Holmes (Dawson's Creek, Phone Booth) is terrific as the quirky wild child of her family in this delightful comedy that sparkles with acerbic wit, original characters and genuine heart. Patricia Clarkson (The Station Agent, The Green Mile) gives a justly Oscar-nominated performance in this moving and hilarious comedy. Rebellious daughter April Burns (Holmes) has offered to a host an elaborate holiday dinner for her suburban clan in her New York apartment. But her attempts to create an unforgettable feast go awry when she discovers her oven doesn't work. Now, as her weary family makes its way to the city, April must rely on the kindness of strangers to pull of the perfect meal ...and the perfect memory.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 May 2004
Format: DVD
'Pieces if April' is the story of a young girl (April) who tries to stage a thanksgiving dinner for a family she doesn't aet along with anymore; in an attempt to make piece during what may be April's mother's last thanksgiving. However, things start to go wrong when her oven doesn't work, and the situation doesn't get any better as April must rely on the charity of her neighbours to prepare the feast she has planned...
I bought this film on a whim after seeing a review of it on the television and was absolutely blown away by it; everything, from the plot to the performances, is absolutely perfect.
Told, for the most part, as two seperate stories; one of April desperately trying to prepare the thanksgiving dinner, the other, her family attempting to get to get to the dinner. The film is often incredibly funny then subsequently heart-wrenchingly moving; as soon as the credits roll you will be wanting to call everyone close to you and tell them how much you love them. The cast are also superb; Holmes makes a welcome change in character post-Dawsons creek as the rebellious April, and Patricia Clarkson is fantastic as the terminally-ill Joy Burns, Aprils mother, her character's dry wit (and Clarkson's ability to pull this humour off) will have you both laughing and crying at the same time.
Put simply this film is superb, buy it Now!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Bamber VINE VOICE on 6 Aug. 2004
Format: DVD
Pieces of April is not a high budget action film there arn't explosions every 5 minutes, but it is a heartbreaking and beautiful piece of film making, the emotion isn't right in your face, it's suttle but still there. Peter Hedges ( The writer and director ) makes a well moulded movie, he really makes every word count and with the short running time 80 minutes, he puts more things across than most feature films. Peter draws excellent performances out of the excellent cast. Mainly Patricia Clarkson ( who recieved an oscar nomination for this role ) and Katie Holmes both put in brilliant performances Katie Holmes plays April, the black sheep of the Burns family, and Patricia Clarckson plays april mother, who is soffering from cancer. The scenes are always contain raw emotion of some sort, but it is also a very funny film, with well planned jokes that almost seem unintentional. Pieces of April was filmed with less than 25000 dollars which is very little, the actors had to bring there own lunch because the movie couldn't afford to provide a cafetiria, and it is still such a brilliant film, about what could be real people in a real situation, one womans struggle with illness and anothers with cooking dinner. The end is i'll admit a little dissapointing, but still even that will melt even the most sinical of people's hearts. All in all Pieces Of April is an excellent piece of film making, with another real emotion, excellent acting, brilliant writing and riviting direction to make 250 other movies.
Aheart warming and breaking Film, Buy
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This film has some excellent characters and you really feel for the lead played by Katie Holmes and also her boyfriend.

Superb soundtrack as well
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 May 2004
Format: DVD
You may have seen the famous Norman Rockwell painting, "Freedom from Want", which depicts the idealized American family gathered around the quintessential Thanksgiving table as the turkey is presented for carving. PIECES OF APRIL it's not.
April Burns (Katie Holmes) lives in a New York City apartment with her boyfriend Bobby (Derek Luke), and the film opens as the two begin to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for the rest of April's family, which is driving in from out of town for the ordeal.
Joy Burns (Patricia Clarkson) is dying of the metastatic cancer that has already cost her both her breasts, a surgical transformation suitably documented in the family photo album. She expects this Thanksgiving to be a disaster since daughter April was a more into drugs than Home Ec. Indeed, to say she and April are estranged is an understatement. But husband Jim (Oliver Platt) persuades her, so off they go in the station wagon with their other children, daughter Beth (Alison Pill) and son Timmy (John Gallagher), and Joy's senile mother Dottie (Alice Drummond) for what may well be Joy's last Thanksgiving.
In the meantime, as Bobby goes out on a mysterious errand, April is faced with a non-functional oven, which forces her to desperately beg the other tenants in the building for the necessary range time to cook the traditional bird. Time is running short, and the rest of the clan is getting closer despite frequent stops for Joy to vomit from the nausea induced by her chemotherapy. And it also appears that the family doesn't know that April lives in a decrepit tenement in a graffiti-decorated slum, nor that Bobby is Black. The Burns festive occasion promises to make your dysfunctional Turkey Day look like a Martha Stewart showcase event in comparison.
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