Rating: R for nudity, language
Run Time: 1 hour, 31 minutes
A trio of neurotic siblings operating on emotionally shaky autopilot make for realistic, and therefore awkwardly comic, viewing. Jane Marks (Brenda Blethyn) weighs in as mom, a thoughtful, plus-size woman struggling with an adopted, pre-adolescent African American daughter (Raven Goodwin as Annie) and two grown girls burdened with surprisingly low levels of confidence. Determined to make some changes of her own, Jane opts for cosmetic liposuction to shed a few unwanted pounds.
(Catherine Keener) and Elizabeth (Emily Mortimer) are neck and neck in the self-esteem-in-the-dumps
derby. Michelle exists in a loveless
marriage with an indifferent spouse who practically sneers at her eclectic
“Lovely’s” strength lies in its ability to stress
the unremarkable and make it interesting.
Keener gives her typical A-plus performance (meaning unusually atypical) as a hostile, supercilious wife and mother who can’t see the forest for the trees. Painfully real scripting delivers a bleak daily narrative that you can laugh or cry along with. Ain’t life a bitch?