Lovely & Amazing


1h 31m 2001
Lovely & Amazing

Brief Synopsis

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 en

Film Details

Also Known As
Lovely and Amazing
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Release Date
2001
Distribution Company
Lionsgate
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 31m

Synopsis

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.

Crew

Kevin Anderson

Steadicam Operator

Derek Asuan-o'brien

On-Set Dresser

Max Azpiazu

Camera Assistant

Ember Bekofsky

Costume Supervisor

John Berger

Grip

Harlan Bosmajian

Director Of Photography

Anthony Bregman

Producer

Helen M Caldwell

Script Supervisor

George Canaday

Grip

Henry Coccetti

Gaffer

Johnny Culley

Property Master

Sharon Curtis-baltazar

On-Set Dresser

Eric D'arbeloff

Producer

Michael Escott

Co-Executive Producer

Sean D Flynn

Grip

Robert Frazen

Editor

Richard D Galbraith

Electrician

Daniella Gleeson

Assistant Camera

George Gregory

Dolly Grip

Debra Grieco

Coproducer

Sam Hamilton

Grip

Devorah Herbert

Production Designer

Nicole Holofcener

Screenplay

Ted Hope

Producer

Cliff Hsui

Assistant Camera

Rafael Inocencio

Props

Frank Jarnot

Electrician

Michael Kafka

Executive Producer

Jason Kliot

Executive Producer

Brian Linder

Sound Mixer

Chad Marting

Production Supervisor

Eric Mas

Photography

Jeanne Mccarthy

Casting Director

Bret Michel

Electrician

Brad Morrison

Swing Gang

Rory Muirhead

Assistant Camera

Kelly Oxford

Supervising Sound Editor

David Palmieri

Best Boy Grip

Vince Palomino

Key Grip

Missy Parker

Art Director

Praveena Paruchiuri

Electrician

Matt Petosa

Electrician

Alexia Pilat

Photography

Michael Reppert

Best Boy Electric

Craig Richey

Music Composer

Amy Rosen

Music Supervisor

Charles J Rusbasan

Co-Executive Producer

Brett Smith

Electrician

Beth Steffen

On-Set Dresser

Gerard Vernice

Boom Operator

Joana Vicente

Executive Producer

Hanh Vo

On-Set Dresser

Vanessa Vogel

Costume Designer

Michael Weeks

Electrician

Judith Zarin

Assistant Camera

Judith Zarin

Co-Executive Producer

Film Details

Also Known As
Lovely and Amazing
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Release Date
2001
Distribution Company
Lionsgate
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 31m

Articles

Lovely & Amazing -


The representation of women in feature filmmaking has made big advances in the past 20 years. The rise of the Internet and the overall democratization of film has benefitted the cause of women writers and directors as well. Writer-director Nicole Holofcener crafts ensemble comedy-dramas; in 2019, she was nominated for a co-writing Oscar for Can You Forgive Me? Her light comedy approach may initially have been modeled on the films of Woody Allen, as her stepfather Charles H. Joffe was one of Allen's longtime producers. Holofcener's ease with expressive, glib dialogue is a big part of the appeal of Lovely & Amazing (2001), an ensemble film in which chronic insecurity is an inherited trait passed from mother to daughters. None seem to have faith in their essential self-worth. Jane (Brenda Blethlyn) undergoes liposuction and develops an unrealistic crush on her doctor. Daughter Michelle (Catherine Keener) used art craft to escape a dull marriage but now finds herself unwisely dating a teenager (Jake Gyllenhaal). Nervous actress Elizabeth (Emily Mortimer) relates best to dogs and becomes desperate for the approval of a handsome film actor (Dermot Mulroney). And Jane's adopted daughter Annie wants to straighten her hair, but is coached in 'Blackness' by the wise Lorraine (Aunjanue Ellis).Before this comedy, Holofcener was already an accomplished TV director with episodes of Sex and the City and has since split her busy career between TV work and occasional features. She writes about people and situations she knows; she herself has an adopted Black brother. Critics lauded Lovely & Amazing's sometimes rowdy natural humor and insights into how women think, and a featured nude scene in which the insecure Elizabeth asks a lover to criticize her body was singled out for praise.

By Glenn Erickson
Lovely & Amazing -

Lovely & Amazing -

The representation of women in feature filmmaking has made big advances in the past 20 years. The rise of the Internet and the overall democratization of film has benefitted the cause of women writers and directors as well. Writer-director Nicole Holofcener crafts ensemble comedy-dramas; in 2019, she was nominated for a co-writing Oscar for Can You Forgive Me? Her light comedy approach may initially have been modeled on the films of Woody Allen, as her stepfather Charles H. Joffe was one of Allen's longtime producers. Holofcener's ease with expressive, glib dialogue is a big part of the appeal of Lovely & Amazing (2001), an ensemble film in which chronic insecurity is an inherited trait passed from mother to daughters. None seem to have faith in their essential self-worth. Jane (Brenda Blethlyn) undergoes liposuction and develops an unrealistic crush on her doctor. Daughter Michelle (Catherine Keener) used art craft to escape a dull marriage but now finds herself unwisely dating a teenager (Jake Gyllenhaal). Nervous actress Elizabeth (Emily Mortimer) relates best to dogs and becomes desperate for the approval of a handsome film actor (Dermot Mulroney). And Jane's adopted daughter Annie wants to straighten her hair, but is coached in 'Blackness' by the wise Lorraine (Aunjanue Ellis).Before this comedy, Holofcener was already an accomplished TV director with episodes of Sex and the City and has since split her busy career between TV work and occasional features. She writes about people and situations she knows; she herself has an adopted Black brother. Critics lauded Lovely & Amazing's sometimes rowdy natural humor and insights into how women think, and a featured nude scene in which the insecure Elizabeth asks a lover to criticize her body was singled out for praise. By Glenn Erickson

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Miscellaneous Notes

Expanded Release in United States July 12, 2002

Released in United States 2001

Released in United States June 2002

Released in United States May 2002

Released in United States on Video November 26, 2002

Released in United States on Video November 4, 2002

Released in United States September 2001

Released in United States Summer June 28, 2002

Shown at Telluride Film Festival August 31 - September 3, 2001.

Shown at the Los Angeles Film Festival (Opening Night) June 20-29, 2002.

Shown at Toronto International Film Festival September 6-15, 2001.

Shown at Tribeca Film Festival May 8-12, 2002.

Released in United States 2001 (Shown at Telluride Film Festival August 31 - September 3, 2001.)

Released in United States May 2002 (Shown at Tribeca Film Festival May 8-12, 2002.)

Released in United States June 2002 (Shown at the Los Angeles Film Festival (Opening Night) June 20-29, 2002.)

Released in United States Summer June 28, 2002

Expanded Release in United States July 12, 2002

Released in United States September 2001 (Shown at Toronto International Film Festival September 6-15, 2001.)

Released in United States on Video November 4, 2002

Released in United States on Video November 26, 2002