If you are anything like me, you wonder what Amy Adams is doing all over the place. Seems like she is in everything. [I looked her up and sure enough she is one busy little bee. Maybe I exaggerate, but Julie & Julia (2009) Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) Doubt (2008/I) Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) Sunshine Cleaning (2008) Charlie Wilson’s War (2007) Enchanted (2007) ain’t too shabby] She’s been at it since 1999, but apparently the film that kicked her into high gear was Junebug. It was shot in NC, my home state and was on the “most popular” list for people from around these parts on Netflix. She got her first Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in it. So I thought I’d give it a go. Perhaps she stood out because the film is so horrible. She really is the only thing worth seeing it for. And I would not suggest you go out of your way. The story is nearly non-existent. The clichés pummel you senseless. And the camera work and pacing could put me, a confirmed insomniac, to sleep.
In a nutshell, George is married to Madeline, an outsider art dealer in Chicago. She hears about a great artist who just happens to live in the same town as her husband’s family somewhere in North Carolina. They go to see the artist and she meets his family for the first time. Mom is a bitch. Dad silent. The brother pissed off at the world. And the Amy Adams character Ashley is married to the pissy brother. She is the only one that talks to anyone and she is very childlike, very pregnant and about to give birth. There is a bit of intrigue about whether a New York gallery is going after the artist the gallery owner is there for. But that works itself out. We never find out why everyone is so disfunctional. There is no big scene or confrontation. This was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best first screenplay. All I can figure is the pickin’s were slim that year. I did watch it all the way to the end, hoping that something would happen. [***SPOILER ALERT***]
Something does happen. Ashley loses the baby. But nothing happens. Her husband, mother-in-law, and father-in-law all leave her in the hospital and George stays to comfort her. Then he and his wife leave to go back to Chicago. Do not bother sitting through this dreck. Released in 2005.