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"Our life is shaped by our mind," the Buddha tells us
written by RRappuhn August 27, 2004 - 12:28 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
First off, with my low rating you would think that I did not like the film, I actually did. I enjoyed the clarity and the consistency of character in the performances, I enjoyed some of the situations (Michelle getting popped in her car for satuatory rape of 'Donnie Darko' his mother ratted her out') and some of the dialogue.

While the characters are protrayed well and the acting is believable, who really gives one damn for any of them??? I just found each and every character, except for Micheal Nouri and the photo shop boss ( cannot remember his name, but was central character in Donnie Darko ) and perhaps Annie, the little sister ( and believe me, she grew very tiresome very, very quickly, oh but the gravity in her expression ), banal, shallow, self-centered and self-serving, and completely without interest and especially in the case of 'Michelle' just outright mean spirited. So the rating is for the subject matter rather than the film; if you like the subjects and the matter, give it a 7 but if you want to watch it for some characters worthy of admiration, and if this is an example of humanity in a finer moment, an example of what one lives through and for each and every day and what one could aspire to???... ugh and why bother?; but then hell, I give 'Sid and Nancy' a 9, huh??? maybe Sid and Nancy are extremes and these folks are shown as the 'standard stock'
Second, I found the GreenCine synopsis way off; for instance this description of Michelle, ' the eldest sister. She is an artist that makes tiny chairs out of twigs and moss, but cannot seem to find a market for them. Her husband, who grows more distant daily, nags her to get a real job...' First part true, watch her as she gets 'pissed' because store owners seem disinterested in her work, as if her work is so good that they are clods not to accept it; I saw her and her cutting and insulting remarks to her husband as off-putting and certainly one of reason for him to keep the distance, but she seemed to see no connection between her actions and status of the relationship.

'Her sister Elizabeth (Emily Mortimer), an actress, struggles to overcome insecurities about her looks and has a bad habit of collecting stray dogs' Ok, her sister has insecurities and this leads to an interesting scene with her new bed fellow, but she really 'takes' un-attended dogs, not rescues them; and got the benifit of her taking instead of rescuing, with a nice little nip on her upper lip at her last attempt.

'Jane (Brenda Blethlyn), their mother, is loving but self-centered, and she is hospitalized throughout the film because of a botched liposuction surgery..' Perhaps I missed a scene, but I remember the doctor's statement, 'there are sometimes expected complications', rather than a 'botched surgery' as the reason for the extended hospital stay

And I have no idea what this means...
Writer/Director Nicole Holofcener (WALKING AND TALKING) imbues the film with an unflinching frankness, banking hard situations and discouraging pitfalls against the stability of this closely-knit middle-class family. No matter how horrible life seems, the family is there as an indestructible safety net. market for them....' Petty, cruddy people bemoaning the situations of their lives, those that they created themselves; "Our life is shaped by our mind," the Buddha tells us"???

What to make of it instead of the description in the synopsis??? see 1st paragraph.

strives for lovely, not really amazing
written by maritoni August 7, 2003 - 1:10 PM PDT
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
an interesting attempt to look at family dysfunction that doesn't quite succeed.

though i appreciate the skills and performances of each of the main actresses, i couldn't help feeling that the film was incomplete somehow. the characters as written all bordered on being charicatures and lacked a depth that i wanted to see come through. the humor faltered somewhere between dark and fluffy.

there are some nice moments like the post-coital scene between mulrooney and mortimer (which another reviewer mentions) and a sweet scene between keener and goodwin at mcdonalds.

after beating you down throughout the film with a sort of depressing futility, it suddenly ends with a quiet hopefulness that yeah, this is my family, it's what i've got and i'm sticking to it...

Comical but dark look at insecurity
written by BChiles April 16, 2003 - 4:58 PM PDT
5 out of 7 members found this review helpful
I enjoyed this rather dark yet often comical observation of the way a mother, her two grown daughters and adopted daughter manifest the insecurity she has passed on to them. The cast is talented & attractive. Standouts are Catherine Keener as the self-loathing, bitter, wise-cracking eldest daughter and Raven Goodwin as the blunt spoken attention seeking adopted daughter. There's a post-coital scene between Dermot Mulroney and Emily Mortimer that has to be seen to be believed.

Not Lovely or Amazing
written by tip70 April 2, 2003 - 8:35 AM PST
3 out of 12 members found this review helpful
A great cast is wasted in this muddled and aimless story. The characters, with the exception of the little girl, are all unappealing and any character or plot development goes nowhere. Check out Secrets and Lies, Being John Malkovich and The Good Girl if you want to see what this cast can really do.


(Average 6.26)
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