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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The film does not include a single character who is not in some way disturbed. The main women (and child) all appear to be struggling with emotional issues. That struggle manifests itself in alternating hateful/selfish and caring behavior. The film also includes a slew of bad relationships.
Violence & Scariness
Off-screen dog attack.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Discussions of threesomes, heavy petting, extended foreplay, extended full-female nudity, teenage sex with a middle-aged woman.
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A homophobic slur, sexually vulgar language, swearing from and at children, and a racist/anti-Semitic joke.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Casual drinking by adults, underage drinking (at the behest of an adult).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie features very mature material, including teen-adult sex and full-frontal nudity. There's drinking and swearing, and the characters are often abusive to one another. This film also deals with mature subjects, from liposuction to a loveless marriage. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Though the characters are a bit wearing and self-indulgent, Lovely and Amazing is an overall engaging film. It examines the personal struggles of women caught between self-esteem, social pressures, and a drive to succeed. The film gained praise on the independent circuit, garnering Emily Mortimer a Best Supporting Actress Independent Spirit Award. Keener and Goodwin received nominations, along with the film's director/screenwriter Nicole Holofcener. Lovely and Amazing serves as a fabulous vehicle for four strong actors.
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