Pieces Of April details
|Starring:||Patricia Clarkson, Sean Hayes, Oliver Platt, Katie Holmes, Oliver Platt, Derek Luke|
Pieces Of April
|Run time:||1 hour 17 minutes|
|Rental release:||11 Jun 2004|
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Already in my top 3 of 2004!By Matthew Sludds from East Anglia , 13 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]It?s Thanksgiving and April Burns has invited her family to her New York apartment for dinner. As the eldest, and most alienated of three children this is a real chance for April to make a much needed good impression on her family.
If only it were this simple. Dinner is proving slightly more difficult than she anticipated, mainly due to the oven not working. Her boyfriend Bobby has been out for most of the day and she needs to recruit the help of her neighbours to get the turkey cooked.
Her efforts might be short-lived however, as her family are travelling from Pennsylvania somewhat reluctantly. Joy, her Mother deals with recurrent bouts of nausea brought on by her cancer chemotherapy and finds occasional relief from her Son?s cannabis supply.
Peter Hedges has developed an excellent script into a simple but effective film that had me laughing out loud one minute before placing a lump in my throat the next. The dialogue is witty and amusing from start to finish and the film never gets too heavy whilst dealing with some tough issues. The perfect answer to a lazy Sunday afternoon.
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They say you can't choose your family....By a customer from Tunbridge Wells , 10 Nov 2005A beautiful film encapsulating the dramatic relationships we have with our families. The dialectic between control and freedom and conflicting desires is portrayed well without being too sensitive.
The acting and comic timing is fantastic and whether you are looking for a film to uplift you or escape, you can't go wrong with this one.
Intriguing StoryBy Graham from UK , 09 Nov 2005This movie was not world class but enjoyable never the less, having read many of the other reviews I was dreading the film by the time it arrived but my wife and I sat through the film and after a slow start were gripped, it was not Hollywood gun fights or unrealistic American Beauty style scenarios but real, shaky around the ages at points the movie told a story a family coping with real life problems, it kept us interested, had a little humour, a serious side and is worth a look so long as you are not expecting action, action, action.
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What was all the fuss about?By Geekboy from London , 01 Nov 2005Ever since this film came out I've been having people tell me how brilliant it was; how I had to see it; how it was the best performance Katie Holmes has ever pulled out of the bag. Were they watching the same film as me? I thought this was very poor. Maybe it was too overhyped and I was expecting too much. Maybe I was missing something. I don't think so. I think it's just an average movie.
Short and sweet...By Colin from Glasgow , 21 Oct 2005Pleasant, bittersweet television-style drama. Funny and touching. Nice realistic feel to it. Something different. A bit on the short side though at around 70 minutes.
Rentable : YES
Buyable : NO
Overall : 7/10
Cool but quirky little filmBy a customer from Camberley , 20 Oct 2005If you liked GO!, in which Katie Holmes also features, then you'll probably like this. It'S not the same sort of film really but might appeal to those with that sort of humour. The family is completely screwed up!