Junebug

PHIL MORRISON

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2005.  Junebug Movie, Epoch Films.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 2005.  Independent Spirit Awards 2005.National Board of Review Awards 2005.  New York Film Critics Awards 2005.  Washington Film Critics Awards 2005.  

 and  meet in her art gallery and after two weeks are married and visiting his home state of North Carolina. She needs to see a local artist about signing on to appear in her gallery, so they seize the opportunity to meet his family whom he hasn’t visited in years. What they find is a clan of resentful suburbanites with more than the odd bone to pick with life–father () is practically catatonic, mother () is bitter and unwelcoming, brother () is a boiling pot of unexpressed rage, and his wife () is an adorable chatterbox who latches onto Davidtz’s big-city glamour and never lets go. Delicious characters and an unpredictable screenplay make up an irresistible movie, blessed by Davidtz’s warmly classy performance and Adams’ zany brilliance. An outstanding example of the possibilities of American independent filmmaking.

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