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Lovely & Amazing (2002)



Critic Consensus: The bitingly truthful Lovely & Amazing is a smart and perceptive female character study.

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Jane Marks is the matriarch of a confused trio of daughters -- a heady brew of vanity, insecurity and humor -- that seem to have nothing in common. Former homecoming queen Michelle, the eldest daughter, is in a loveless marriage with a spouse who does not appreciate her decidedly obscure artistic endeavors. Younger sister Elizabeth, a self-doubting actress whose career is beginning to take off, compulsively takes home stray dogs, saving them whether or not they need to be saved. Only the youngest sister, Annie, an adopted African American eight-year-old, seems emotionally equipped to stand a chance at rising above the family's legacy. But on the threshold of what already promises to be a confusing adolescence, Annie has developed a preoccupation with her appearance - natural enough for a pre-teen - but given her adoptive family's history, quite possibly a hint of what's to come for the newest member of the Mark's family. Each of the women seeks redemption in her own haphazard way, but whatever salvation they find is illusory and short-lived. When complications from cosmetic surgery threaten Jane's well being, the family of comically self-absorbed women must quickly find room for each other in their lives to offer comfort and strength.more
Rating: R (for language and nudity)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Nicole Holofcener
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 26, 2002
Box Office: $4.2M
Lions Gate Releasing - Official Site


Catherine Keener
as Michelle Marks
Brenda Blethyn
as Jane Marks
Emily Mortimer
as Elizabeth Marks
Raven Goodwin
as Annie Marks
Michael Nouri
as Dr. Crane
Debbie Waldman
as Romy Rosemont
Tray Ruptash
as Photographer
Ileen Getz
as Saleswoman
Kristen Dalton
as Saleswoman
Brooke Allison
as Pool Administrator
Jennifer Zehnder
as Teased Girl
Mariah O'Brien
as Kevin's TV Costar
Jeanne McCarthy
as Casting Director
Evan Miranda
as Director
Branden Williams
as Teenage Boy
Nate Richert
as Other Teenage Boy
Cory Joffe
as Customer
Dawn Saucier
as Bertender
Stacy Jorgensen
as Lorraine's Pool Frie...
Tennison Hightower
as Baldasaro Salesgirl
Lee Garrington
as Jordan's Mom
John Srednicki
as Premiere Guest
Jeremy Kramer
as Premiere Photographe...
Madeline Moskowitz
as Premiere Guest
Eric Wizenreid
as Parking Attendant
Mark Beltzman
as Premiere Guest
Greer Goodman
as ER Doctor
Jerome Butler
as Policeman
Scott Adsit
as Young Man at Phone
Ryan Wolfe
as McDonald's Clerk
Alan Naggar
as McDonald's Customer
Elayn Taylor
as Jane's Nurse
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Critic Reviews for Lovely & Amazing

All Critics (123) | Top Critics (33)

Observed without corny resolutions and paced to allow for reflection, the film is understated but spot on.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mature story about relationships and family.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

Seldom do movies create focus through spontaneity, but Lovely & Amazing feeds on surprise

Full Review… | August 2, 2009

Exceeded all my expectations.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

This serio-comic family portrait about self-absorption, self-esteem and family dynamics is excellently acted but more blatantly offbeat than dramatic.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

Actresses beware. Catherine Keener is quietly cornering the market on self-assured, sharp-tongued feminism.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

Audience Reviews for Lovely & Amazing


The fat black adopted girl is really, really funny. I do think Nicole Holofcener has a gift in comedy, but I don't like this as much as Please Give.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

Not really so lovely, and definitely not amazing. Just average...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

I love Catherine Keener and I liked this movie, a touching human story. I am just a sucker for these types of movies. Just goes to show you how insecurities can affect us no matter who we are and what our lives end up being like.

Megan S

Super Reviewer

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