Review: Junebug (2005)

Good performances but my expectations were too high for this low-budget independent about a man who takes his cultured big city bride home to meet his rural No-Carolina family.

Junebug has a terrific sense of place and the acting across the board is on the mark, especially Amy Adams in her much deserved Oscar-nominated portrayal of a very cheery mother-to-be. My gripe is with Embeth Davidtz’ character, the fish-out-of-water art gallery owner meeting her new husband’s family for the first time. Certain decisions her character makes seemed contrived to create the necessary conflict. All in all, I felt too distanced from the film to fully embrace its spirit.  [*** out of 5]


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