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Ceremony [Blu-ray]

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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.

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  • Actors: Michael Angarano, Uma Thurman, Lee Pace
  • Directors: Max Winkler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • 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 (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004TFTE7M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,126 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ceremony [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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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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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I stumbled upon this movie on Netflix years ago and instantly loved it. Don't get me wrong, it's not the greatest movie ever made or even one of my absolute top 10 favorites of all time, but the characters and writing are a refreshing change of pace from most movies in the same genre. It definitely deserves a higher rating on sites like IMDB and RT, as well, let alone here on Amazon.

It was the unique dialogue (from Sam) which pulled me into the film from the start the first time I saw it. Sam, the main character played with absolute perfect aplomb by a very talented young Michael Angarano, is a bulls***ter. He is a fast talker with designs on charming everyone around him to get his way in every situation, and the words, phrasing, and delivery which he spits out at times are unlike anything you'll hear from any other character you've seen. I could very well see this putting some people off, citing that the character as too odd to get a fix on, but I loved it.

Throughout the entire film he comes off as a cocksure man on a mission to win the heart of the woman he thinks he loves, seemingly either buying his own bulls*** or simply not even paying attention to himself to that end in the process; you find yourself getting caught up in it, almost buying it yourself. Ultimately as the film progresses and winds down, you realize what an immature and inexperienced kid he still is, albeit in a man's body. So sure of everything and what he thinks he wants, but without a clue. He's the quintessential 23 year old in that way and Max Winkler, the writer/director, absolutely nailed it.

Anyway I had to buy it on here as it's since been removed from Netflix and it's downright difficult to find elsewhere. Don't listen to the ridiculous reviews slamming and panning it.
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