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Award-winning actor Tony Shalhoub adds the "director" hyphenate to his calling card with this labor of love, starring his wife, Brooke Adams, and written by his sister-in-law, Lynne Adams. Made-Up lightly parodies the reality-TV "makeover" craze as it tells the tale of Elizabeth (Brooke Adams), a middle-aged divorcée who agrees to be made over by her daughter Sara (Eva Amurri), a process which will be documented for eternity by her aspiring-filmmaker sister, Kate (Lynne Adams). A former actress still smarting over her long-since faded stardom, Elizabeth is none too pleased at having her transformation videotaped, but she goes along with it, and soon finds that her "new you" is winning over the affections of a new beau, restaurateur Max (Shalhoub). But self-doubt continues to nag at Elizabeth, to the point where she almost undermines her own chances at romance. Lynne Adams based her screenplay on her own one-woman play; Gary Sinise makes an appearance as Elizabeth's ex-husband.


Brooke Adams
as Elizabeth James Tivey
Lynne Adams
as Kate James
Eva Amurri
as Sara Tivey
Light Eternity
as Molly Avrums
Tony Shalhoub
as Max Hires
Gary Sinise
as Duncan Tivey
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  • A lot like Tammy Faye Bakker; you just know it has good intentions, but it ends up as a smeary facsimile of what it wants to be.

    Apr 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4
  • It wants, as Kate says about her documentary, to be a 'seminal work on beauty and aging.' But it wears like a gauzy romantic comedy.

    Mar 12, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A comedy with lots going on and with considerable depth and complexity.

    Feb 5, 2004 | Rating: 4/5
  • It's hard to resist this family affair.

    Feb 5, 2004 | Rating: 3/4
  • Voice-overs and commentaries are piled on top of contrived intimate moments until, despite some easygoing performances, the movie -- the actual movie -- is a blur of undercooked motivations and halfhearted improv.

    Feb 5, 2004 | Full Review…
  • The rest of the cast spend so much time trying to avoid tripping over each other and the electric wires strewn all over the carpets that the suspension of disbelief becomes an increasingly strenuous chore.

    Jan 29, 2004 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

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