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The Event (2003)



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Movie Info

Canadian filmmaker Thom Fitzgerald directs the sentimental ensemble drama The Event. Nick (Parker Posey) is a district attorney investigating several deaths in the gay community of New York City's Chelsea District. It seems that many AIDS sufferers have died under similar mysterious circumstances. Each case suggest the use of assisted suicide, which is illegal in New York. HIV-infected cellist Matt (Don McKellar) has died of a drug overdose following a large party in Manhattan given by his family and friends. Nick first questions his lover Brian (Brent Carver), who runs an HIV support clinic. Still looking for answers, she interviews Matt's closest family members, including his mother Lila (Olympia Dukakis), his younger sister Dana (Sarah Polley), and his older sister Gaby (Joanna P. Adler). Meanwhile, Nick battles with her own past secrets involving her family back in New Jersey. The Event premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.


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Critic Reviews for The Event

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (18)

To make a movie in 2003, one that centers around AIDS but ignores the epidemic's current culprit, Africa, and toys melodramatically with scenarios steeped in the filmmakers' selfish nostalgia without any real point, is to ask us not to think at all.

Full Review… | December 18, 2003
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The performances of Olympia Dukakis as Matt's mother and Sarah Polley as his sister elevate The Event from melodramatic claptrap to sensitive drama.

Full Review… | November 25, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

A feminine hygiene commercial is by far the best thing here. Is that last item a curious thing to say about a film with such a weighty agenda? Exactly.

Full Review… | November 21, 2003
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Despite its impeccable acting and subtle backdrop of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, The Event lets its message overwhelm its emotion.

November 7, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

Fails equally as lament and celebration.

October 9, 2003
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Aggressively drab and granular, the movie feels like a late-'80s AIDS passion play given an ill-fitting post-Sept. 11 makeover.

Full Review… | October 8, 2003
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Event


Despite its impeccable acting and subtle backdrop of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, The Event lets its message overwhelm and swamp its emotion.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

72% "Everyone has AIDS! AIDS, AIDS, AIDS, AIDS, AIDS!"-Gary Johnston (Trey Parker), TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE Being a gay man...I mean a straight man, I don't catch to many of these types of titles. Nothing horrible and nothing great. "Don't mess with a drag queen!"-Rory Metzler (Rejean J. Cournoyer)

FilmGrinder Stone
FilmGrinder Stone

Once I figured out what the "mystery" was, I really wanted to like this movie, but it never felt like anything more than cheap exploitation.

Robert Beveridge
Robert Beveridge

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