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Everything is Illuminated (2005)

Everything is Illuminated

Overview


Genre

Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Release Date

September 16, 2005 (NY, LA)

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

105 min.

Production Budget

$7 millions

Studio

Warner Independent Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  3 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Liev Schreiber

Producer

Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub

Screenwriter

Liev Schreiber

Starring

  • Elijah Wood as Jonathan
  • Eugene Hutz
  • Boris Leskin
  • Jonathan Safran Foer

Story


Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, "Everything is Illuminated" tells the story of a young American Jewish man's quest to find the woman who saved his grandfather--in a small Ukrainian town that was wiped off the map by the Nazi invasion.

The journey begins as a comic nightmare--with an eccentric trio of paid "expert" guides sorely lacking in expertise: a cranky grandfather who insists on bringing his unruly seeing-eye dog to help him drive, and his over-enthusiastic grandson, whose fractured command of English, passion for retro American pop culture, and inability to shut up threaten to make the worst of every situation.

But what starts out as the tour from hell turns into a surprisingly meaningful journey--with an unexpected and powerful series of revelations that will indelibly change all of their lives.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..a wonderful musical travelogue of the Ukraine...”
by Edward Douglas [Comingsoon]
“..an unsatisfying melodrama built upon a shaky foundation of contrivances, coincidences, and plot holes...”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
“..impressively well lit...”
by Lisa Schwarzbaum [Entertainment Weekly]