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Virginia (2010)

Ed Harris , Toby Jones , Dustin Lance Black  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ed Harris, Toby Jones, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Roberts, Amy Madigan
  • Directors: Dustin Lance Black
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0087MN9QU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,690 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A mentally unstable woman who has hidden a 20 year affair with a married sheriff, discovers that her son has fallen in love with the sheriff's daughter while searching for his father's identity.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
After winning a Screenplay Oscar for "Milk," Dustin Lance Black probably had a fair amount of freedom and leverage to pursue a project that meant something personal to him. The intimate and quirky "Virginia" is undoubtedly the result of that liberation (and I'm sure it didn't hurt that Milk's director Gus Van Sant got an Executive Producer credit as well). Taking the directorial reigns and writing the screenplay for "Virginia," Black proves that he has no shortage of ideas. While that definitely makes "Virginia" feel different, it also makes it seem overstuffed and slightly schizophrenic. The story veers from comedy and satire to tragedy and melodrama and never feels particularly cohesive. Furthermore, so many plot threads (and even characters) are introduced only to languish as undefined, underutilized, or completely irrelevant. Don't get me wrong, I think there's an interesting story at the heart of "Virginia." I just thought the movie lacked sufficient follow-through for the many disparate elements that it tried to incorporate. This sense of chaos and lack of focus kept me distanced from the drama and I never fully connected at an emotional level to the action.

A very blonde Jennifer Connelly plays the titular Virginia, a mother suffering from some form of mental illness. I am never completely comfortable with using mental illness as a plot point, but here is seemed especially specious as its impact only seems to surface (and then fluctuate) as the plot needs it to at any given point. Sometimes, the illness is even played for laughs. Connelly is wrapped up in an illicit affair with the Mormon sheriff and Senatorial candidate Ed Harris.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"Dear Lord please let each of us come out of this in one piece." Virginia (Connelly) is a single mother raising her teen son in a small town. She is not sure of who the father is but she has been having an affair with the local married sheriff (Harris) for almost 20 years and wants it to be his. When he announces his run for state senate things begin to get tricky. This is a very hard movie to explain there seems to be a lot of sub plots going on but it is not hard to keep up with them. Connelly plays the character perfect and while she is psychologically disturbed it is not over the top at all and very believable. I enjoyed this but to me this is another example of a movie's cast being better then the movie. This is still very much worth watching and is one of the better indie movies to come out in a long time it is still a little slow. This movie is very emotional though and really runs you through as many as it can before the ending which is great. Overall, great acting really helps this movie out and this is a good movie that is worth watching but not really one you can see over and over. Amanda liked it more then I did but I give it a B.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth seeing just for Connelly September 7, 2012
By valerie
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It is nice to see an actress step out of their comfort zone (I am talking to you Jennifer Aniston) and try something different. Jennifer Connelly usually doesn't play mentally unhinged women but she excels at it in Virginia. It's a shame her talent is wasted by Dustin Lance Black's poor script, and poor direction. If he was more competent doing his job, Jennifer Connelly would be getting more critical acclaim for her work here. This is the best she has been in her career and that is saying a lot considering she won an Oscar for A Beautiful Mind and rave reviews with Requiem for a Dream. The movie is all over the place and the only saving grace is the work of the actors. They are all superb with Connelly the stand out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Director Dustin Lance Blank writes this film in the same fashion as the diagnosis given to Virginia (Jennifer Connelly); Traumatic Onset Schizophrenia. Her Social Worker, Mrs. Whitaker (Yeardley Smith of "The Simpsons"), divulges this information only one time while watching. In the beginning of the movie we are introduced, in hindsight, to a tragedy. This situation then goes onward to set the whole tone of the picture; which bounces to and fro with a quirk of characters. The entire story can be indecisive and schizoid ... At times.

An abusive standpoint is introduced, from the position of an authoritative figure, towards a vulnerable and emotionally disturbed single mother. Ed Harris contributes an uncaring man, and a monster of his own circumstances, which, in turn, marks Connelly's (in my opinion) spot-on performance. Blank directs without any real cohesiveness in the background while defining the character portrayals tightly in the forefront. A standout for me was Harrison Gilbertson portraying Virginia's son, Emmett. Most of the recounting comes from his point of view, in this off-kilter, coming of age tale set through his life's situation.

The local Sheriff, Richard Tipton (Ed Harris), is married to Rosanna (Amy Madigan) and they have a daughter, Jessie (Emma Roberts), together. He also is running a campaign for State Legislator and is heavily involved in the Mormon Church, just as heavily as he has been involved with Virginia.

Young Emmett inevitably falls in love with Jessie. This is disgusting to Richard, who then becomes hell-bent on splitting them up and uses extreme measures for his own purposes. Emmett is highly protective of Virginia while she remains heavily reliant on him and emotes that, "he's the best thing I ever did".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Because Dustin Lance Black wrote this
I watched this movie.
I felt Dustin try to express on his view on Mormon religion.
How two faces of people are. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hagen
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Enough Of Virginia
Parts of this story are outside events of her son and the oddly perverted sheriff, neither being very interesting or amusing. Read more
Published 9 months ago by mr. critic
3.0 out of 5 stars Virginia is no Jesus
I was intrigued by the trailer I saw at the beginning of "Jesus H. Christ". This one wasn't as good as
JHC was, although I thought it was worth viewing.
Published 9 months ago by Paul A. Perkowski
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie has good actors but bad acting!
I thought since Jennifer Connelly was in this movie that it would be good. I was wrong. There is no point to it whatsoever!
Published 11 months ago by Rachell D. Everitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Drama
It was very good, and I did enjoy it very much. The ending was very interesting. Rent it you won't be disappointed. I only paid .99 cents too.
Published 12 months ago by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars terreplan
Movie really kept you wondering what was next. It is a spoof in a way on Mormonism vs true human nature. Read more
Published 13 months ago by gertibird
1.0 out of 5 stars Connelly polishes a turd
This is a convoluted mess. I watched this for Jennifer Connelly and she gives a strong performance but she cannot save this 110 minute dog. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tony Sac
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Service!
I bought 2 of them and they are both in really good shape. It took 3 years for this movie to come out, I'm glad I finally got to see it.
Published 14 months ago by arlie hammons
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great story. The music fits so well. Smart ending. Great acting. Jennifer connolly was well cast in title role. Enjoy this movie!
Published 14 months ago by mary
3.0 out of 5 stars Virginia
The movie kept my interest. The actress did a very good job playing the role of Virginia who was a little "off". Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mango
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