Katie Holmes is amazing in this gritty and funny indie film about a very fucked up family getting together for Thanksgiving and their fuck up daughter just trying to make it right. Holmes washes away here ability to be annoying and truly makes this film something special. A true holiday classic.
The ultimate indie thanksgiving movie. It’s been over 10 years since I saw it (!!!) but I remember they had some problems with the turkey (obviously), my 16 year old self thought Katie Holmes had never looked cooler (actually a tie with Disturbing Behaviour), and the shaky camera work struck me as pretty edgy and out there back then. One of the best early 00s American independent features.
I always be thankful for this film introducing me to indie cinema. I remember watching it with my mother and being aghast that a movie could end mid-thought. I was like, what the heck is this?? 'An independent movie' was her answer.
Charming piece of independent cinema that uses just the right amount of bitterness and sweetness, managing to evoke both compassion and the mockery on its main protagonists. It's all crowned with home made feel of film-making - being both cheap and classy through camerawork and adjusted cinematography - that nicely captures ugliness of bad neighborhood surroundings and the beauty of the late fall, thanksgiving season
Outside of the dysfunctional family that is relatively quite functional I applaud this film for showing an interracial relationship that is basically just a relationship, so many writers forget that part.
Katie Holmes proves that getting into the biz wasn't a total mistake with this film. Patricia Clarkson outshines her as the cancer ridden mother of this dysfunctional family, but it is the inclusion of all these characters and their relationships that makes Pieces of April work.