Pieces of April (2003)



Critic Consensus: A delightful, heartfelt comedy.

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April Burns is a wild, 21-year-old young woman with a very big problem. Against her own better judgment, she's invited her estranged, straight laced family for Thanksgiving dinner. Her boyfriend, Bobby, wants to help, but she banishes him from the apartment while she attempts to cook the meal. To make matters worse, she then discovers that her oven doesn't work. So, while April is forced to ask her eccentric neighbors for help in cooking her fifteen pound turkey, the Burns Family begins a … More

Rating: PG-13 (for language, sensuality, drug content and images of nudity)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Hedges
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 24, 2004
Box Office: $2.4M
United Artists - Official Site


as April Burns

as Jim Burns

as Wayne

as Beth Burns

as Timmy Burns

as Grandma Dottie

as Evette

as Latrell

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 Wai Yam

as Woman Outside Bodega

as Young Mother

as Joy's Biker Guy

as Timmy's Biker Guy
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Critic Reviews for Pieces of April

All Critics (149) | Top Critics (39)

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Pieces of April is built around the tired premise of a dysfunctional family's Thanksgiving get-together, but -- surprise -- it's fresh.

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Thought-provoking, engaging; mid-teens and older.

Full Review… | December 27, 2010
Common Sense Media

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.

Full Review… | September 17, 2010

An entertaining character study with the holiday theme...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

April's cranberry sauce may be canned but the laughter and tears of an affecting, unsentimental coda are real.

Full Review… | November 24, 2008

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.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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.

Megan S

Super Reviewer

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.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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