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Monday, August 25, 2003

Lovely and Amazing

Wow. Two movies in one day. Duncan spent the night with my mom so Mike and I took the opportunity to watch the movie we rented on Saturday, Lovely & Amazing. I remember seeing the trailer for this film in the theater and I thought it look interesting then which is why I rented it obivously. That and it stars Catherine Keener who is always interesting and has a solid track record for being in good films.

While I wouldn't describe Lovely and Amazing as the best film I've seen her in, I wouldn't say it was bad. It was more a character study of the relationships between three sisters and their mother. It was very low-key and notable for the generational insecurity of the characters. The youngest daughter, Annie, played by Raven Goodwin was adopted by the mother long after her grown daughters had left home and struggles with finding her identity among a white family. I also seem to remember that this part was the first Raven Goodwin had ever acted in which was surprising because she was quite good.

If you're looking for satisfying closure to a story, you probably shouldn't rent this movie. It just kind of ends, leaving you with the impression that the characters won't have any great revelations about their lives and will muddle through as they've done all along. But, I guess that's more like real life than tying up everything in a neat box at the end. The performances were top-notch but you'll be left feeling a little sad by the ending.

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