A: Margot (Nicole Kidman) brings her son to visit her sister, Pauline (Jennifer Jason Leigh), under the pretext that they're going to attend Pauline's wedding. We soon find out that Margot wouldn't even be there pretending to reconcile her long-strained relationship with her sister, if it weren't for the fact that she's trying to escape her husband, who she has secretly decided to leave.
Q: Who’s in the movie?
A: Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jack Black, Zane Pais, Flora Cross, Ciaran Hinds, John Turturro, Halley Feiffer
Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?
A: Stop! I will recommend this movie to one subcategory of people: those who like The Savages. These two movies have in common that they are both real-feeling, small films about unlikeable, insecure people, who are trying to reconcile past abuses from within their immediate families. That said, if I were forced to chose between them, in a game of, "Who would you do?" I would subject myself to this one, because its point is ever-so-slightly less subtle.
Q: Will this movie make me laugh?
A: A little, at the awkwardness.
Q: Will this movie make me cry?
A: No, and when the actors in it cry, no tears will come to their eyes either.
Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?
A: As part of their never ending quest to subject their voters to hard to watch material, the Spirit Awards have nominated Jennifer Jason Leigh for Best Supporting Actress . It would have been easy for them to hide the fact that this nomination was just part of their ploy to force people to watch the film, by simply nominating Nicole Kidman instead, as her role was more difficult, more complex, and far more noteworthy.
Q: How is the Acting?
A: Nicole Kidman gives one of her more interesting performances as a woman who seems to have no idea how incredibly psychologically unbalanced she is. She plays it perfectly by assuming that she's normal, and it's everyone around her that's crazy.
Q: How is the Directing?
A: Baumbach does a great job of creating uncomfortable and awkward moments between the characters. But oftentimes there are cutaways and point-of-view shots, where I could not tell what I was supposed to be looking at.
Q: How is the story/script?
A: I don't need a happy ending, I just need a point. If I'm not going to leave the theater uplifted, or with a sense of hope, I would at least like to leave thinking something besides, "So that happened..."
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