On the way to meet with an artist in the South, newlywed art dealer Madeleine is convinced by her husband George that they should stop to meet his family in North Carolina. Madeleine’s affluent life clashes with the family, but she befriends her wide-eyed and pregnant sister-in-law Ashley.
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Director Phil Morrison and screenwriter Angus MacLachlan crafted something so delicate that it was bound to be pushed aside by movies that bellow and bluster. Also a key reason for many viewers’ indifference: Junebug, which takes the deceptive form of a meet-the-parents narrative, is decidedly feminine—which is not, and should never be, a synonym for soft.
quiet, colorful and meaningful. Somewhat made me uncomfortable because of the truth its trying to tell. Some people just couldn't tell the things what they want to say, and some people are just incapable of loving. Yet others do exactly the opposite and hold the true meaning of family.
Art, community, class, gender and faith explored with a deft touch. The arc of the narrative is a delight, as characters come to terms with each other's true nature through new (or old) contexts. Strange and beautiful.
Junebug was a typical Sundance entry with an indie soundtrack, a small budget and a NY-meets-the-South plot. It would be long forgotten now were it not for Amy Adams's breakout performance as the gabby, warm-hearted Ashley (it also has the late Scott Wilson's best role). The characters are all well drawn-out and there are none of the crude stereotypes seen in lesser works about the US South (eg Three Billboards).
One of the loveliest most underrated films on a family led by all these rules and emotional restrictions, hiding from themselves and causing an unbearable inertia for all the rest. It imitates life in its natural sad high-tension atmosphere, but most especially when it sees itself on the brink of collapse due to contrasting backgrounds. Moreover, its cast is committed and somewhat brilliant, especially Miss Adams.
There's nothing more annoying than watching a movie, getting distracted, and in the process not feeling the whole thing. This makes me want to apologize writing this. Regardless, there's a lot of good acting involved. I gotta give it to Ben McKenzie for portraying an absolute douchebag, he was that believable. Great performances by Amy Adams and Embeth Davidtz. Though sadly, I couldn't enjoy this.