Directed By: Phil Morrison Starring: Amy Adams Embeth Davidtz

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Rising stars Amy Adams and Ben McKenzie light up the screen in this award-winning comedy about love, family, ambition, and the choices that come with each. When worldly art dealer Madeleine (Embeth Davidtz) meets her new Southern in-laws, she finds herself questioning the things she values most in this powerful and funny hit that critics call "one of the best pictures of the year!" (Andrew Sarris, The New York Observer)


Studio Sony
SKU 202060703
UPC 043396119390
UPC 14 00043396119390
Format DVD
Release Date 6/3/2008
Rating Rating
Christian Values
Family (General)
Family Crises
Family Interaction
Jesus Christ
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Giving an art-film aesthetic to a touching family drama, director Phil Morrison and screenwriter Angus MacLachlan present their first feature, which was shot in their hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The film is set in nearby Pfafftown and Pilot Mountain, and location is itself a character in the film as long sequences of soundless photography show rows of houses, or rooms in a house, or stretches of farmland--capturing the essence of this area of the South.^Successful, cosmopolitan, and adorable Chicago couple Madeleine (Embeth Davidtz) and George (Alessandro Nivola) meet at a fancy art auction where she is working as a dealer, and they are married six months later. Madeleine is recruiting an outsider artist, and she travels to rural North Carolina to meet him. George accompanies her, as he is originally from Pfafftown, and though it has been three years since he visited home, Madeleine insists on meeting his family. When she does, she finds herself in a world totally different from her own, and sees a new side of her husband. His mother Peg (Celia Weston) and father Eugene (Scott Wilson) are quiet homebodies who aren't sure what to make of Madeleine's sophisticated career and lilting British accent. George's deadbeat brother Johnny (Ben McKenzie) never finished high school, and lives at home with his young wife Ashley (Amy Adams), who is naive and bubbly--and very pregnant. While the family's simplicity, traditional values, and religion make them suspicious of Madeleine, Ashley is the one bright-eyed spirit who is happy to have Madeleine as a sister-in-law and celebrates her marriage to George. JUNEBUG is an effecting film that sheds light both on the always-surprising nature of in-laws, and the unique culture of the South.
Entertainment Weekly "[Amy Adams gives] a performance as deep as it is delightful. She's the film's heart and also its flaky wonderstruck soul." 08/12/2005 p.56,Included in Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Films Of The Year -- "At last, a comedy of family dysfunction that's soulful and moonstruck instead of glib and reductive." 12/30/2005 p.117
Movieline's Hollywood Life "Embeth Davidtz is engaging...and Amy Adams is a revelation..." 07/01/2005 p.100
USA Today "There is a gentle, contemplative quality to this film...which explores the bonds and tensions within this Southern family in an honest way. Davidtz is luminous and Nivola does a fine job as George?.JUNEBUG has the feel of a good short story or novella." 08/12/2005 p.15D
Sight and Sound "[A] slow-burning, acutely observed comedy of manners....Morrison's emphasis is firmly on character and dialogue..." 03/01/2006 p.62-63
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he cast relish the dialogue's sure ring of authenticity..." 04/01/2006 p.132
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] fridge-humming study of domestic banality, sibling rivalry and intellectual mistrust..." 09/01/2006 p.100
Ultimate DVD 3 stars out of 5 -- "[Adams] is the film's real point of interest, incorporating both humour and pathos into the role of a put-upon young mother." 09/01/2006 p.214
Wall Street Journal "Amy Adams didn't get star billing in this small, superb film....Yet there was no way to miss the startling fire and special grace that she brought to the role..." 03/13/2009
Phil Morrison
Amy Adams
Embeth Davidtz
Cast & Crew
Alessandro Nivola - Actor
Amy Adams - Actor
Angus MacLachlan - Writer
Ben McKenzie - Actor
David Doernberg - Production Designer
Embeth Davidtz - Actor
Joe Klotz - Editor
Mark P. Clein - Executive Producer
Mindy Goldberg, et. al. - Producer
Peter Donahue - Cinematographer
Phil Morrison - Director
Yo La Tengo - Original Music By
Technical Info
Catalog ID 11939
UPC 00043396119390
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 106 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.78:1
Sundance Film Festival (2005) Amy Adams, Winner, Special Jury Prize,Phil Morrison, Nominee, Grand Jury Prize
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review The first encounter with the family of a spouse (or would-be spouse) can be a daunting experience, especially when their world is not yours, and vice versa. For his feature debut, director Phil Morrison (from a script by Angus MacLachlan) takes us into a melodrama-free zone for this story. A keenly observed slice of life, Junebug captures the little comedies and tragedies of everyday living. There is sadness and humor here, but all understated. The film is mostly about the details of the characters' day-to-day personal dramas - why the VCR won't record, where the screwdriver is, etc. Junebug requires a certain amount of patience from its viewers. Those who provide that will be rewarded in the end.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Junebug is a movie that understands, profoundly and with love and sadness, the world of small towns; it captures ways of talking and living I remember from my childhood, with the complexity and precision of great fiction. It observes small details that are important because they are details. It has sympathy for every character in the story and avoids two temptations: It doesn't portray the small-town characters as provincial hicks, and it doesn't portray the city slickers as shallow materialists. Phil Morrison, who directed this movie, and Angus MacLachlan, who wrote it, understand how people everywhere have good intentions, and how life can assign them roles where they can't realize them.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.78:1, Dolby Digital (5.0); Dolby Surround Sound, Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Featurette, Photo Gallery, Previews, English, French Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Adams,Amy
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Video Format DVD
Ebert and Roeper Two big thumbs up! A fantastic piece of work
Entertainment Weekly Grade A! Marvelous! So pure and moving!
Stephen Holden, The New York Times A wise, bittersweet, beautifully acted comedy...envelops us in the texture of a world that movies rarely visit.

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