Pieces of April

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  80 min.
Release Date: November 7, 2003
DVD: February 24, 2004

Current rating: Rating: 3.91
based on 142 votes and 13 reviews
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Cast: Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson, Oliver Platt, Derek Luke, Alison Pill, Sean Hayes


April Burns (Holmes) has never been on good terms with her mother, Joy (Clarkson), but in a burst of goodwill she’s volunteered to host her family for Thanksgiving at the Lower East Side apartment she shares with her boyfriend, Bobby (Luke). As if preparing a holiday feast isn't pressure enough, she discovers her oven is broken and has to search her building for one that works, making appeals to an eclectic array of neighbors.

Meanwhile, the Burns family is speeding down the highway towards New York while recounting April's failures. April's father, Jim (Platt), is determined to have a nice day, but Joy persists in undermining his plans. While perfect daughter Beth (Pill) reminds everyone of her sister's faults and Grandma Dottie (Drummond) can barely remember anyone's name, youngest child Timmy (Gallagher, Jr.) dodges emotional bullets by photographing every awkward moment.

Director: Peter Hedges
Studio: United Artists Films
Producer(s): John Lyons, Alexis Alexanian, Gary Winick, Holly Becker
Screenplay: Peter Hedges
Official Site: www.piecesofaprilmovie.com

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  • 4 stars "A fantastic, touching movie. Patricia Clarkson is amazing in this movie. A true story of family and love."
  • 5 stars "I liked it. It had a little bit of everything: funny, sadness, good & bad moments, etc. LPQ"