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Margot At The Wedding (2008) **

01.20, 2008 Author: Manhattan Movie Maniac

margot-at-the-wedding.jpgDirector: Noah Baumbach

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Zane Pais, Jack Black, Flora Cross, Halley Feiffer, Ciaran Hinds

Director Noah Baumbach, of The Squid and The Whale, fame, tackles another family drama, here. The acting is good, as to be expected with the likes of Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Jason Leigh, as well as Jack Black, in a rare dramatic role, though he also provides the comic relief here, as well. The characters are well-developed, but not particularly likable, which hurts a story that is already slow and mediocre.

Nicole Kidman is Margot, a writer attending the wedding of her younger sister, Pauline (Jennifer Jason Leigh), along with her coddled son, Claude (Zane Paris). Margot is less than impressed with her sister’s choice of a groom, played by Jack Black. New and past issues between the sisters re-surface, along with new ones.

Margot at the Wedding plays a bit like a duller, darker, family version of The Big Chill. It does have some loyal fans out there, but I’m not one of them. It may please some fans of chick flick dramas, but there are stronger choices out there.

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