Junebug
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A dealer in outsider art threatens the equilibrium of her middle-class in-laws in North Carolina. Madeline is a go-getting art gallery owner from Chicago, recently married to George, a near-perfect Southern beau. When Madeline needs to close a deal with a reclusive North Carolina artist, George introduces her to his family: prickly mother Peg, taciturn father Eugene, cranky brother Johnny, and Johnny's pregnant, childlike wife Ashley, who is awe-struck by her glamorous sister-in-law. Madeline's presence exposes the fragile family dynamics as hidden resentments and anxieties surface.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"...one of many reasons to love Junebug is how often it offers us spaces to fill in ourselves, the faith it shows in handing us small puzzles -- Eugene's hand-carved bird, for instance -- to chuckle over or think on afterward."
‑ Mark Bourne, Film.com
"The adult tensions and the tone take us to a place remembered so vividly that even if we don't know this corner of the South, we've somehow lived there or at least passed through."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"At every moment when "Junebug" could choose dramatic cliché, even with Ashley's pregnancy, it's beautifully subtle. A poetic, graceful tale about the comforts and oddities of returning home to family."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Amy Adams is simply magical, guileless and throbbing, sunniness fraught with desperation"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"To get a good idea of what to expect, think Hee Haw presented as a Shakespearean melodrama."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"A quiet journey into the heartland, and the heart."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"Brimming with bright dialogue, complex characters and moments of sheer aching sweetness, it's Chekhov with a side of red-eye gravy."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The humor here is expectedly quirky but it feels earned thanks to writer MacLachlan and director Morrison's honestly rendered observations of family and small-town life"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"A wonderful bittersweet dramedy that deserves to be seen."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Not since...My Cousin Vinny has there been a more charming class-clash comedy-drama than Junebug."
‑ Harry Haun, Film Journal International
"Thanks to Adams' performance and strong story, it makes for a mildly entertaining Southern-fried experience."
‑ Kathy Cano Murillo, Arizona Republic
"Morrison and MacLachlan mine the clash of cultures for comedy, but there's an undertow of sadness to their film - and Adams's touching performance as George's naïve but well-meaning, heavily pregnant sister-in-law captures this perfectly"
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Junebug annoyed me while in the theater, and annoys me even more as I write about it."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"From dinner-table silences, to nuances of Baptist vocabulary, to 'colorful' displays of Southern imagination, these people are three-dimensional and compelling."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
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‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
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