Pieces of April (2003)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Drama


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A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner.


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7 January 2005 | Darguz
7
| Slightly Bizarre, and Very Sweet
"Once there was this one day where everybody seemed to know they needed each other. This one day when they knew for certain that they couldn't do it alone." (April, trying to explain the origins of Thanksgiving.) That ultimately is what this movie is about -- people needing people, and the inter-relationships of people. It's about April and her family, but it's also about April and Bobby, the Lee family, Eugene and Evette, and even Wayne, who needs somebody, but misses connecting once again. Jim needs Joy, Bobby needs Latrell, Joy needs her family, she and Timmy need the bikers, and it just goes on and on. We all need one another and touch one another, and those touches spread out and out. Beautiful.

I also loved all the little twists, such as the stiff, middle-aged mother chiding her teenage son about properly rolling a joint; and the puncturing of stereotypes and prejudices. When Bobby's waiting by the phone for Latrell, it's probably tempting to think he's doing a drug deal or some other unsavory activity. But I knew better; I was laughing well before it was revealed what they were up to. Magnificent.

Another one to add to the video library, and I'm going to have to check out more Peter Hedges (though I have seen Gilbert Grape).

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Release Date:

28 November 2003

Language

English, Mandarin


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Long Island, New York, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,422 19 October 2003

Gross USA:

$2,528,664

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,282,321

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