Lovely & Amazing

There’s something diabolical about Nicole Holofcener‘s 2001 film, Lovely & Amazing. It truly is the embodiment of “rich white people’s problems” I’ve ever seen. The characters are whiny, self-absorbed, narcissistic. One of them is even mean. Really mean. And they have no concept of their privilege. Still I love this film. I believe it is a testament to Holofcener’s outstanding conceptualization of the story and her direction of the incredible cast including Brenda Blethyn, Catherine Keener, Emily Mortimer, and Raven Goodwin. I’ve seen most of Holofcener’s work in film and on television. Lovely & Amazing is some of her best work. She really nails dialogue between women. Being from a matriarchal family, I have spent my life witnessing the complexities of mother/daughter relationships. Lovely & Amazing puts the worst and the best of them out there for the world to see. The film holds up beautifully after 16 years. 5 out of 5.

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