Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Rec. #103: Pieces of April
What: Before inspiring some alarming couch-jumping on Oprah's couch, Katie Holmes made a few independent films where she got to be a little hard-edge to offset the Dawson's Creek baggage. In Pieces of April, Holmes is the titular April, who invites her estranged family to Thanksgiving dinner to prove she's not a complete screw-up. Her parents are played by Patricia Clarkson and Oliver Platt. I'm going to say that again, because it's worth repeating: Her parents are played by Patricia Clarkson and Oliver Platt!
Comparable to: The Jodie Foster-directed film Home for the Holidays has a similar tone --- bittersweet melancholy punctuated by realistic, non-jokey humor. Also, both movies have fantastic casts.
Representative quote: "This way, instead of April showing up with some new piercing or some ugly new tattoo and, God forbid, staying overnight, this way, we get to show up, experience the disaster that is her life, smile through it, and before you know it, we're on our way back home."
You might not like it if: You can only think of Katie Holmes as either Joey Potter or Mrs. Tom Cruise.
How to get it: Easy to rent or buy.
Connections to previous Wreckage: Holmes has small but pivotal roles in both The Gift (Rec. #43) and the film adaptation of Thank You for Smoking (Rec. #87). Huh. Did not expect to have so much Katie Holmes representation here.