Lovely and Amazing
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2002 1 Jan
The stream of low-profile "art films" is increasing as we head towards fall. Soon the big Oscar-begging dramas will start popping up. (Some argue that the first big "Fall movie" actually opened in June:
Critics are praising writer/director Nicole Holofcener's
J. Robert Parks (The Phantom Tollbooth) says the film contains its own criticism. "Once
The USCCB's critic writes, "Holofcener asks how children—biological or not—deal with and internalize their parents qualities and fixations. Can similar obsessions dominate a family? The film is mostly engaging as it deconstructs American women's insecurities in general, and in particular their anxious attitude about body weight. Yet Holofcener's light touch remains superficial, rarely delving deeply into the psychological or emotional depths that such issues can withstand. And as the characters make attempts to improve their lives, their choices and behavior can be off-putting."