Made-Up

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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.

Cast

Brooke Adams
as Elizabeth James Tivey
Lynne Adams
as Kate James
Light Eternity
as Molly Avrums
Tony Shalhoub
as Max Hires
Gary Sinise
as Duncan Tivey
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Critic Reviews for Made-Up

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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.

    April 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4
  • Delivers billboard-sized messages about preconceptions of beauty and youth..., before the whole thing goes off the rails into a forced and humorless farce.

    March 26, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Salvaged by one meta-read that carries some weight as Shalhoub, an Arab-American of Lebanese descent, directs a film about the ills of stereotyping based on appearance.

    March 25, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This tiresome movie feels too flimsy for the waters beyond the film festival circuit.

    March 24, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • It's a family affair that unfortunately looks too much like a feature-length home movie.

    March 21, 2004 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 12, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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