Pieces of April (2003)
Critic Consensus: Pieces of April transcends its small-scale setting and budget with endearing performances, playful humor, and genuine sweetness, resulting in a touching holiday treat.
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as April Burns
as Joy Burns
as Jim Burns
as Beth Burns
as Timmy Burns
as Grandma Dottie
as Half Asleep Man
as Man in Mohair Sweate...
as Boy on Bicycle
as Woman in Stairwell
as Lee Loung Tan
as Lee Quong Tan
as Parade Announcer
as Lee Quong
as Lee Lang
as Lee Wai Yam
as Woman Outside Bodega
as Young Mother
as Young Girl
as Joy's Biker Guy
as Timmy's Biker Guy
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Critic Reviews for Pieces of April
Laughter and poignancy go hand in hand in this DV debut whose comedy that may be standard, but never ceases to deliver sharp, dark laughs.
Pieces of April is built around the tired premise of a dysfunctional family's Thanksgiving get-together, but -- surprise -- it's fresh.
Peter Hedges sustains the idea this family's interactions have begun with bared teeth for years. If they can summon it, one comforting moment will have to do. At best, it's a ramshackle reconciliation of tough-minded emotion and well-earned laughter.
April's cranberry sauce may be canned but the laughter and tears of an affecting, unsentimental coda are real.
Audience Reviews for Pieces of April
A one part great movie and one part bad movie. The storylines of Derek Luke and Katie Holmes are perfect and extremely well done, while the scenes with the family are the same cliche seen over and over. I think what also works extremely well is the cinematography and documentary look. It feels like you're living in this apartment building and taking a look at a real place rather than fiction. Overall, it works. It's just not as good as it theoretically could have been.
I've wanted to see this movie for a while. It was definitely enjoyable. I'm starting to like these quirky, independent, true-to-life movies more than the big action blockbusters actually. You could feel the awkwardness of both sides of the family through the television.
Katie Holmes was impressive. I love that Peter Hedges takes the simple event of Thanksgiving dinner and paints an extremely thorough picture of it. Quirky and delicious.
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