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Margot At the Wedding

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Margot zeller (nicole kidman), a savagely bright, razor-tongued short-story writer who creates chaos wherever she goes, sets off on a surprise journey to the wedding of her sister pauline.


Studio Paramount
SKU 206803061
UPC 097363479741
UPC 14 00097363479741
Format DVD
Release Date 1/27/2009
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Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Kidman,Nicole
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Cast & Crew
Adam Stockhausen - Art Director
Anne Ross - Production Designer
Blair Breard - Producer
Carol Littleton - Editor
Harris Savides - Cinematographer
Jack Black - Actor
Jennifer Jason Leigh - Actor
John Turturro - Actor
Nicole Kidman - Actor
Noah Baumbach - Director
Noah Baumbach - Writer
Scott Rudin - Producer
Nominee (2008) Independent Spirit, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Best Supporting Female
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The best terse way to describe Margot at the Wedding is to consider it an English-language homage to the works of the great French director Eric Rohmer. Not only does Baumbach (who wrote the screenplay in addition to directing) borrow heavily from Rohmer's approach of employing heavy, dense passages of dialogue, but even the title echoes films like Pauline at the Beach, Chloe in the Afternoon, and Claire's Knee. Strangely, this has been a big year for Rohmer. He has a new film out (Les Amours d'Astree et de Celadon) and Chloe was remade by Chris Rock as I Think I Love My Wife...Ultimately, the film will find an audience, but it's hard to imagine movie-goers reacting enthusiastically to Margot at the Wedding. While there are a lot of similarities between Rohmer's body of work and Baumbach's latest, the most crucial aspect linking the films is a difference: Rohmer's love of conversation and languorous pace engages the intellect; Baumbach provides a good alternative to an over-the-counter sleep aid.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review I wonder if his family knew Noah Baumbach was taking notes. First in "The Squid and the Whale" and now with "Margot at the Wedding," he puts an intelligent but alarming family under the microscope and finds creepy-squirmy things crawling around. Of course, there is no reason to be certain the family in either movie is inspired by his own. But given the degree of familiarity, no reason not to, either..."Margot at the Wedding" may not be based on Noah Baumbach's own family, but it demonstrates a way of looking at families he must have learned somewhere. Both of his parents were writers and, to one degree or another, film critics; I recall Gene Siskel telling a friend at dinner that film critics eventually became critical of everything: For example, "your tie is hideous." In revenge, the friend went to Marshall Field's and asked to buy their ugliest tie. Two salesclerks helped him in a spirited debate to select the tie that qualified. My friend wore it the next time they met. Siskel identified the brand of the tie correctly and said: "If you like that tie, it shows you have better taste than 99 percent of men"...So it goes with the family in this movie. All of its members are engaged in a mutual process of shooting one another down. Watching "Margot at the Wedding" is like slowing for a gaper's block.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
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Actor Kidman,Nicole
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
David Ansen, Newsweek Cruelly funny, psychologically astute, sociologically dead on, and refreshingly unformulaic.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune Baumbach's achievement stings. It also has the sureness of tone and direction of a Chekhov story.
Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter ...[a] wryly observed, giddily cringe-inducing, bracingly original winner.
Niki Foster, Film Threat A brilliantly executed film that, like many real-life family reunions, is alternately painful, funny, and moving.
Scott Tobias, The Onion A.V. Club a John Cassavetes movie populated by the hyper-articulate.

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