Director: Nicole Holofcener
Writer: Nicole Holofcener
Type of Indie Film: Drama / Romance / Comedy
Out of 5 Stars (Bad, OK, Good, Great, Awesome): 3 ½
Everyone is a little neurotic about some things, but women often get a bad rep for being more neurotic about most things. Whether or not it’s true, it often makes for some comedic entertainment. The 2001 indie film “Lovely & Amazing” illustrates that some neurosis can be passed on from mother to daughters.
Although Jane Marks (Brenda Blethyn) had two grown daughters and was getting on in years, she decided that she didn’t want to be alone. Instead of getting a new boyfriend after her husband left her, Jane simply adopted a new daughter. Enter Annie Marks (Raven Goodwin), an African American 8-year-old girl who is trying to find her place in an already dysfunctional family.
The oldest child of the bunch is Michelle (Catherine Keener). A former homecoming queen and popular girl, Michelle is having a hard time adjusting to her loveless marriage and her mother’s new child. Although she loves her own little girl, Michelle desperately wants a way out of her life and into a place where she can work on her art in peace.
The middle (and former youngest) daughter is Elizabeth (Emily Mortimer). As an actress, she has a decent amount of confidence in herself, but when her mother makes an appointment for plastic surgery, Elizabeth realizes how many things are actually wrong with her own body. Her boyfriend thinks her profession is a joke and has a hard time connecting with him everywhere except the bed.
Their lives take a turn when Annie decides to leave, Elizabeth spends the night with a shallow actor who lists all the things wrong with her at her own request and Michelle gets down and dirty with her 17-year-old boss (Jake Gyllenhaal).
This is an interesting take on the human mind. But, unfortunately, it’s also a little accurate. Although we’re seeing the extreme moments in their personalities, there are people like them out there. Nothing that you will see in this film is unbelievable, phony or even forced.
You can find “Lovely & Amazing” at any of Tulsa’s local Blockbusters and Family Video stores.
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