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Junebug (2005)

Amy Adams , Embeth Davidtz , Phil Morrison  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Amy Adams, Embeth Davidtz, Ben McKenzie, Alessandro Nivola, Scott Wilson
  • Directors: Phil Morrison
  • Writers: Angus MacLachlan
  • Producers: Mike S. Ryan, Mindy Goldberg
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 17, 2006
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BYRCQU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,580 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Junebug" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 10 Deleted Scenes
  • Behind the Scenes Featurettes
  • Outsider Art Photo Gallery
  • Sundance Film Festival , Special Jury Prize, 2005

Editorial Reviews

Rising stars Amy Adams and Ben McKenzie light up the screen in this award-winning comedy about love, family, ambition, and the choices that come with each. When worldly art dealer Madeleine (Embeth Davidtz) meets her new Southern in-laws, she finds herself questioning the things she values most inthis powerful and funny hit that critics call "one of the best pictures of the year!" (Andrew Sarris, The New York Observer)

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly unadorned, honest filmmaking April 29, 2006
Format:DVD
I was a little wary of this film going in. Any film that basically sends a Yankee woman down South can easily turn in to something that ridicules Southerners - and not only did this film take place in the South, it came right here to my own Tar Heel backyard. Starting things off with some footage of the state's annual hollerin' contest seemed a bad omen, but - much to my delight (and relief) - I found nothing to really complain about here. Sure, there are some stereotypes in the mix - but these are only on the surface (with the exception of the painter character) and Junebug goes far beyond skin deep. It's an unusual film, to say the least. Refreshingly different, this film brings together a wonderful myriad of public and private, deeply personal moments, allowing the actors to truly become their characters rather than having their characters imposed upon them. Some folks won't enjoy this film at all, I'm sure, finding the silent moments others of us find uncommonly compelling to be - well - boring. This isn't an action film or a comedy or even a drama in the common sense - although there are certainly a number of funny and dramatic moments encompassed in the story. Those who truly appreciate the art of moviemaking, I believe, will find Junebug an uplifting experience. It's worth seeing just for Amy Adams' performance alone - she's utterly fantastic.

Newlyweds George (Alessandro Nivola) and Madeleine (Embeth Davidtz) apparently had a small, private wedding because she has never met his family. When they find themselves traveling to North Carolina in order for Madeleine, an art gallery owner in Chicago, to court a promising folk artist, they naturally swing by to meet the folks. It's quite a family.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So real and so full of symbolism July 12, 2006
Format:DVD
This movie is full of symbolism. Had the director's name been Igmar Bergman, it would have won prizes!

Having grown up near the location of this movie, it caused me pain and embarrassment. It captured life that I knew as a child and to some extent today perfectly. I knew many of those characters. The realism was in the characters, the homes, and the landscapes down to the red clay soil. The house that the autistic painter lived in reminded me of my great grandmother's house and the houses of some of my grand-aunts. It caused me pain because of the realism. It caused me embarrassment because that's from when I came and it's not too pretty.

The realism included the attitudes, too. There are certain things Southerners feel and communicate in a subtle way. For example, they always feel that outsiders think themselves are better than Southerners. It's probably some deep seated inferiority complex. Southerners are not prone to boasting so it was no surprise when Madeleine learned that George could sing. The hymn, too, was "symbolic" all about coming home and sins being forgiven.

The motif of family also pained me because I struggle within myself about having left my Southern "family." The value of family was implied more than stated -- except for when George told Madeleine that "family matters". The fact that Ashley was having a baby and then lost it is also like Southerners (and maybe the whole world, I don't know) will try to solve family problems with more family. All the family was isolated and lonely and yet so close (the same house). Ashley comes across as a silly ignorant girl but a few times she revealed why she was talking so much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roots Versus Wings February 15, 2007
Format:DVD
Whether we choose to admit it or not, but places are incredibly powerful in helping to create the type of people we are and the type of people we become. Places can attach so deeply to a person that a person who would be far more successful in life living in a different environment never achieves that success because they have become so attached to a place. On the other time some places disturb people so much that they are able to pull away from the attachments and leave. The power of place is augmented by the different people who live in places. Family, friends, business associates, even casual acquaintances are sometimes more attached or detached from a particular place than we are. Our relationships with those people affect how we view and live in the places that we do. This might seem very straight-forward and simple, but it actually something that is very deep and complex so much so that most people chose to ignore it than rather think about it because if one were to actually think about it, that person would have to examine his or her life and most people don't like to do that. The filmmakers of JUNEBUG decided to examine this aspect of life and in doing so have created a very deep and thoughtful film about the impact of place, and in turn the people from those places, in our lives.

George (Allesandro Nivola) is a suave and cultivated man who was raised in the country but has moved to and adjusted quite well to city life. George meets a beautiful and slightly older Chicago art gallery owner Madeline (Embeth Davidtz) at a showing. The two fall madly in love and are married to each other within a week. Madeline's gallery specializes in "outsider" artists--unknowns who create powerful and provocative works.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amy Adams and a pretty good movie
To me the good parts of this movie were wonderful and the bad parts pretty bad. No middle ground here, I guess. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Major MovieFan
4.0 out of 5 stars Amy Adams is adorable
Fine performances from Ms. Adams and the Irish fella! A film that makes you believe in love. It is replete with the charm of Ireland.
Published 10 days ago by William Barth
1.0 out of 5 stars Good acting but depressing and boring
Same feeling I get watching the opening for 'True Blood' that people in the South are creepy and cult-like, but unlike that TV show, their are no characters I am sympathetic to or... Read more
Published 27 days ago by ShiningIsta
1.0 out of 5 stars Will never get those minutes back
Disjointed story line, weird
Camera work, strange editing, uninteresting sound track, uninteresting characters.

Other than that super film!

Skip it.
Published 1 month ago by Eric J Sansonetti
5.0 out of 5 stars See it
This movie has everything. It's funny, a little weird, and tragic in the end. You gotta fall in love with Amy Adams in this one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lamplighter
2.0 out of 5 stars This is an American, not just a Southern, dysfunctional family...
Terrific script, superb acting. I did feel the need to take a shower afterwards to wash off the filth they allowed themselves to live in. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Reed F. Bilbray
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story Great Acting
We really enjoyed this "different" kind of movie. Found myself talking about Amy Adams' performance this week and so I think, for a small move to find ourselves still... Read more
Published 2 months ago by MajorMajorMajor
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid acting, but...
The cast definitely isn't an issue here-- the entire ensemble does amazing work. It's just that the characters are folks you want to smack. There are issues with pacing. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Brent Fisk
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this
this movie is funny and very entertaining. i really liked the story line. it will make you laugh and cry
Published 12 months ago by grannya
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and thought-provoking film
Given the rather flighty name, I expected a fluffy piece. This turned out to be the opposite. The filmmaker turns an unblinking eye onto the suburban life of an unsophisticated... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ralph E. Dratman
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