Junebug

Junebug

Junebug

Character driven comedy-drama that’s left festival audiences joyous, and a bulking trophy shelf for actress Amy Adams who plays an overly enthusiastic country bumpkin and mother-to-be, hooked on the fashion tips and tittle-tattle she reads in chic lifestyle magazines. The story centers on the awkward culture clash & failed connections within an extended family.

Big city art-dealer, Madeleine (Davidtz) meets her husband’s family for the first time, in small town North Carolina. Though most of the family are intimated by her chic persona, sister-in-law Ashley (Adams) - another outsider sucked into the family by marriage - seizes on Madeleine’s city sophisticate with an enthusiasm that’s "charmingly tinged with tactless inelegance" (Empire). But Madeleine is also there on business, in search of an eccentric artist, which eventually forces her to choose between her new family and her ambitions.

Sundance Film Festival 2006, Special Jury Prize for Amy Adams.
2006106 minsUSA
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Reviews & comments

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Junebug is a great film because it is a true film. It humbles other films that claim to be about family secrets and eccentricities. It understands that families are complicated and their problems are not solved during a short visit, just in time for the film to end. Families and their problems go on and on, and they aren't solved, they're dealt with...

5.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Ensemble casts like this are not easy to come by. Adams is something more than that -- a brilliant young comedian bursting into bloom...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Screenwriter Angus Maclachlan has delicately etched a compelling portrait of a way of life whose decencies and simplicities are often dismissed as being "unsophisticated." In like spirit, director Phil Morrison has succinctly depicted the richness of seemingly open green spaces, the genuineness of small-town suburban community... The acting is graceful and rich...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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It’s always doubly delightful to stumble across a picture that is not only an enjoyable surprise, but which also contains a star-in-the-making whom the more sensationalist media is yet to tarnish with cheap celebrity... Amy Adams lights up Phil Morrison’s pleasingly understated study of clashing cultures and backwater frustration...

4.0
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BBC

BBC

press

A witty character study, this is Phil Morrison's first feature which takes the staid family reunion theme and gives it a shine with fresh insights and wry observations...

4.0
0

Junebug is the story of an adult son George (Alessandro Nivola) visiting his middle class southern American family with his new, cosmopolitan wife Madeline (Embeth Davidtz). George and Madeline met at her art gallery for outsider art in Chicago, and married quickly and in the name of lust it seems. Once they arrive at George's home, George is noticeably...

5.0
0

This is a good film, with terrific performances and an interesting slant on its topic: a cultural clash of city & country. Whilst I appreciated the film's uniqueness and stand-offish nature, I left the theatre wanting more.

3.0
0

Junebug is special - it's everything independent film should be. Daring, original and as a bonus, it's also funny and thought provoking.

5.0
0

What lies hidden beneath a quaint little name is a wonderful story that you could hold in the palm of your hand. While the family dynamic is wonderfully created, the magic in the film lies in the interaction between Ashley (Adams), a heavily pregnant small town young wife and sister in law, city girl, Madeline (Davidtz). Adams gives a memorable performance,...

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Junebug is a great film because it is a true film. It humbles other films that claim to be about family secrets and eccentricities. It understands that families are complicated and their problems are not solved during a short visit, just in time for the film to end. Families and their problems go on and on, and they aren't solved, they're dealt with...

5.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Ensemble casts like this are not easy to come by. Adams is something more than that -- a brilliant young comedian bursting into bloom...

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Screenwriter Angus Maclachlan has delicately etched a compelling portrait of a way of life whose decencies and simplicities are often dismissed as being "unsophisticated." In like spirit, director Phil Morrison has succinctly depicted the richness of seemingly open green spaces, the genuineness of small-town suburban community... The acting is graceful and rich...

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It’s always doubly delightful to stumble across a picture that is not only an enjoyable surprise, but which also contains a star-in-the-making whom the more sensationalist media is yet to tarnish with cheap celebrity... Amy Adams lights up Phil Morrison’s pleasingly understated study of clashing cultures and backwater frustration...

4.0
0
BBC

BBC

press

A witty character study, this is Phil Morrison's first feature which takes the staid family reunion theme and gives it a shine with fresh insights and wry observations...

4.0
0

Junebug is the story of an adult son George (Alessandro Nivola) visiting his middle class southern American family with his new, cosmopolitan wife Madeline (Embeth Davidtz). George and Madeline met at her art gallery for outsider art in Chicago, and married quickly and in the name of lust it seems. Once they arrive at George's home, George is noticeably...

5.0
0

This is a good film, with terrific performances and an interesting slant on its topic: a cultural clash of city & country. Whilst I appreciated the film's uniqueness and stand-offish nature, I left the theatre wanting more.

3.0
0

Junebug is special - it's everything independent film should be. Daring, original and as a bonus, it's also funny and thought provoking.

5.0
0

What lies hidden beneath a quaint little name is a wonderful story that you could hold in the palm of your hand. While the family dynamic is wonderfully created, the magic in the film lies in the interaction between Ashley (Adams), a heavily pregnant small town young wife and sister in law, city girl, Madeline (Davidtz). Adams gives a memorable...

4.0
0