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Lovely & Amazing (2002)



Critic Consensus: The bitingly truthful Lovely & Amazing is a smart and perceptive female character study.

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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.


Catherine Keener
as Michelle Marks
Brenda Blethyn
as Jane Marks
Emily Mortimer
as Elizabeth Marks
Raven Goodwin
as Annie Marks
Michael Nouri
as Dr. Crane
Debbie Waldman
as Romy Rosemont
Tray Ruptash
as Photographer
Ileen Getz
as Saleswoman
Kristen Dalton
as Saleswoman
Brooke Allison
as Pool Administrator
Jennifer Zehnder
as Teased Girl
Mariah O'Brien
as Kevin's TV Costar
Jeanne McCarthy
as Casting Director
Evan Miranda
as Director
Branden Williams
as Teenage Boy
Nate Richert
as Other Teenage Boy
Cory Joffe
as Customer
Dawn Saucier
as Bertender
Stacy Jorgensen
as Lorraine's Pool Friend
Tennison Hightower
as Baldasaro Salesgirl
Lee Garrington
as Jordan's Mom
John Srednicki
as Premiere Guest
Jeremy Kramer
as Premiere Photographer
Madeline Moskowitz
as Premiere Guest
Eric Wizenreid
as Parking Attendant
Mark Beltzman
as Premiere Guest
Greer Goodman
as ER Doctor
Jerome Butler
as Policeman
Scott Adsit
as Young Man at Phone
Ryan Wolfe
as McDonald's Clerk
Alan Naggar
as McDonald's Customer
Elayn Taylor
as Jane's Nurse
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Critic Reviews for Lovely & Amazing

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (37)

Who'd have thought spending 90 minutes with a bunch of neurotic women could be such fun? An intelligent, unassuming drama that's never less than enjoyable.

December 30, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Observed without corny resolutions and paced to allow for reflection, the film is understated but spot on.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

Michelle isn't an easy woman to relate to let alone like, yet as the film progresses I was drawn more and more towards her inner warmth and charm discovering pieces of myself in her own persona.

June 19, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Well to the bitter end of the bittersweet spectrum, it labours under a strangely oppressive cloudy sky of emotional discontent.

August 20, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Holofcener has crafted a comedy which acknowledges not just our neuroses about our bodies, but also the messy, ambivalent complexities of adult family relationships.

July 29, 2002 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A film of this sort demands superb, seemingly effortless acting, and Holofcener gets it at every turn.

July 26, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lovely & Amazing


The fat black adopted girl is really, really funny. I do think Nicole Holofcener has a gift in comedy, but I don't like this as much as Please Give.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

Not really so lovely, and definitely not amazing. Just average...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

I love Catherine Keener and I liked this movie, a touching human story. I am just a sucker for these types of movies. Just goes to show you how insecurities can affect us no matter who we are and what our lives end up being like.

Megan S
Megan S

Super Reviewer

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