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Pieces of April (2003)

Pieces of April

Overview


Genre

Comedy

Release Date

October 17, 2003

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

80 min.

Production Budget

$0.3 millions

Studio

United Artists (MGM)

Official Site

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Cast and Crew


Director

Peter Hedges

Producer

Alexis Alexanian, John S. Lyons, Gary Winick

Screenwriter

Peter Hedges

Starring

Story


21-year-old April Burns (Katie Holmes) lives with her boyfriend Bobby (Derek Luke) in a dilapidated tenement on New York City's Lower East Side. April has never been on good terms with her mother, Joy (Patricia Clarkson), but Bobby convinces her to host her family for Thanksgiving.

It preparing a holiday feast isn't enough pressure, April discovers that her oven is broken. With Bobby out on a mysterious errand, April is left to search the building for an apartment with a working oven.

April must appeal to an array of neighbors, who until now have only been strangers in the hallway. Eugene and Evette (Isaiah Whitlock and Lilias White), an African-American couple, have their own meal to make, but they let April use their oven for an hour. Now April has to find another oven to finish the job. The Chinese family downstairs might save the day, if they only spoke English. April thinks she might have the answer to her problems in Wayne (Sean Hayes), the proud owner of a brand new, self-cleaning convection oven.

Meanwhile, Bobby's meeting with an associate, Latrell (SisQo), unexpectedly goes awry.

While April struggles to get her bird cooked and Bobby tries to complete his errand, the Burns family heads down the highway recounting April's failures. April's father, Jim (Oliver Platt), is determined to create an experience that will become a nice memory, but Joy persists in undermining his plans. Perfect-daughter Beth (Alison Pill) reminds everyone of her sister's shortcomings. Grandma Dottie (Alice Drummond) can barely remember anyone's name, and the youngest child, Timmy (John Gallagher, Jr.) manages to dodge the emotional bullets by photographing every awkward moment.

Poignant and funny, "Pieces of April" is an up-close look at an extraordinary day in the life of the not-so-ordinary Burns family.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..the film grows on you..”
by Bruce Westbrook [Houston Chronicle]
“..an utterly enjoyable and moving film..”
by David Trier [Movie-Vault]
“..the kind of heart wrenching family drama Hollywood has utterly given up on making anymore...”
by Tim Merrill [Film Threat, Hollywood's Indie Voice]