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Sam Davis (Michael Angarano) convinces his former best friend to spend a weekend with him to rekindle their friendship at an elegant beachside estate owned by a famous documentary filmmaker (Lee Pace). However, it soon becomes clear that Sam is secretly infatuated with his ex, Zoe (Uma Thurman), who is now the filmmaker's fiancée, and that his true intention is to thwart their impending nuptials. As Sam's plan begins to unravel, he is forced to realize how complicated love and friendship can be.

The sweet-natured comedy Ceremony follows a slightly delusional young writer named Sam (Michael Angarano, Gentlemen Broncos), who's obsessed with a thirtysomething woman named Zoe (Uma Thurman). Unable to stop himself, Sam drags his shut-in friend Marshall (Reece Thompson, Rocket Science) along as he crashes Zoe's wedding to the wealthy but obnoxious Whit (Lee Pace, The Fall), where the two young misfits flounder, flirt, and fall apart amid the dysfunctional upper class. Ceremony owes a considerable debt to the movies of Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums), though it's more naturalistic, and fans of Anderson's work will find much to enjoy here: characters who walk a fine line between endearing and unbearable, a cascade of social collisions, gentle satire of upper-class and bohemian attitudes, and a quirky but excellent soundtrack. Writer-director Max Winkler doesn't quite hit the bull's-eye; for all his stylizations, Anderson's characters are always vivid and alive, while Winkler's characters feel a little forced. Still, by the end, Ceremony cultivates a melancholy charm. Angarano and Thompson dig into their roles with earnest glee--these promising young actors could give Shia LaBeouf a challenge. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Uma Thurman, Michael Angarano, Lee Pace
  • Directors: Max Winkler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 21, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004TFTE8Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,749 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ceremony" on IMDb

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 9, 2011
Format: DVD
CEREMONY is one of the brighter starts to rise out of Hollywood this year. Though it was made in 2010 and released on Demand TV before its ultimate release on theaters, it is hopefully going to gather the audience it so richly deserves. It is a young work: the writer/director is Max Winkler, son of Henry Winkler, a bright young talent who essentially makes his debut with little sparkler. Not only has he come up with a fresh idea for a story but he has also matched that story with a script that is at all times warmly entertaining and at many points a sensitive, philosophical examination of relationships today. And he has cast the film with some of the finest young actors on screen at present.

Sam Davis (Michael Angarano, a brilliant young actor in his early 20s, so memorable in the deeply touching 'One Last Thing') writes children's books and lives in the child like fantasies of kids. He has a friend Marshall Schmidt (Reece Thompson, another early 20s bright young talent) who happens to show up as the only member of an audience to hear Sam read his latest new children's book. The two boys rekindle their friendship, stagnant for the past year while Marshall recovered from an altercation and hid in his parents home while Sam had a momentary encounter with a beautiful 30s something woman Zoe (Uma Thurman). The two lads decide to take a little trip to ostensibly to get Marshall out of his parent's home to see the world, but in actuality Sam has heard that Zoe is marrying some wealthy guy, Whit Coutell (Lee Pace, another brilliant actor remembered for his shattering performance in 'Soldier's Girl'), at Whit's lavish seaside home.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 22, 2013
Format: DVD
I do enjoy watching a good indy flick and I seemed to like this more than did most of the other reviewers.

Here's the scoop. Sam is a would be writer. He is supposed to be going on a weekend trip with his bud Marshall, whom he hasn't seen in a year. As it turns out, the place they are to stay at is just down the road from where a weekend wedding excursion is planned. Turns out Sam wants to break up said wedding because he's in love with the bride (Uma Thurman) and is convinced she loves him. All type of insanity ensues and things get really crazy.

Like all indy flicks this relies on writing and acting. I loved the script and the principal actors did a fine job. In regard to the script: The writer (also director Max Winkler) plays his cards close to his chest. The viewer sees certain things going on fairly early on. But other things he metes out, bit by bit, to fill in the spaces. I also like the characters, warts and all. No one here is a really good person, but none is really bad either. They all just have a lot of baggage and it gets in the way of their dealing with one another. I thought the dialogue, particularly Sam's, was outstanding. And Michael Angarano, delivers Sam's lines with great aplomb. Reece Thompson, as Marshall, does an equally fine job as a person traumatized by a violent attack a year earlier. Uma Thurman has a face you can't take your eyes off and she's as good as always here. Lee Pace might be too much of a caricature as the self absorbed actor and Uma's beau, but, for my dollar, that was the only down side to the flick.

All the production values are of a professional level. There are some nifty tunes on hand that well underscore the story. There is a subtle (maybe not so) gay thing going on between the two leads and it is vague.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By okunieda on February 25, 2013
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Not really the greatest movie, but I love Uma and Lee and even though the handsome actor (lee) is egotistical and a bit of a jerk he is still likable. Silly little love story that ends rather well.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steve Kuehl VINE VOICE on June 20, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This was actually a very believable and fun film, and it finally gave Lee Pace a chance to show his acting range before being possibly typecast with the upcoming Twilight and Hobbit roles.

The story follows a twenty-something played neurotically well by Angarano (who showed great maturity in Gentlemen Broncos [Blu-ray]) who cannot get over falling for a forty-something played by Uma Thurman. He finds a way to try and crash her remote upstate New York wedding and pre-party while using his friend as a cushion and unbeknownst helper. The story has some comedic, yet realistic moments highlighted by the best performance (and comic relief role) in the film with Jake Johnson playing the perpetually drunk brother of the bride.

The Blu quality is standard, with there being some nice views of the island they filmed at and around. The clarity is not superb or benchmark, nor is the DTS - and the yellow lens bled out the brightness, like Winkler was trying to make it look retro (which when you let the menu play customers thought it looked like a 70s film). The weakness of this product though are the Blu supplements, which in this volume of bad quality makes it hard for me to rate the product any higher than four:

* Deleted scenes, 2 minutes. Glad they were cut as they would have made for some tedious additions.
* Outtakes, 2:35 minutes. Unfunny and could have been left off the disc.
* Extended scene, 2:36 minutes. The only supplement I liked - it was from the dinner table scene and involved more Jake Johnson comedy (I remember him most as the roommate in
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