Junebug | Chicago Reader


Written by Angus MacLachlan, this indie drama explores the lingering tension between north and south with vinegar and precision. A cosmopolitan young Brit (Embeth Davidtz) who sells outsider art in Chicago ventures south with her new husband to acquire the work of a fundamentalist fanatic and to meet her in-laws, a seriously dysfunctional North Carolina family who regard her with varying degrees of alarm. The characters are beautifully written and played, from the meekly passive father (Scott Wilson) to the suspicious mother (Celia Weston) to the brother's pregnant and none-too-bright wife (a superb Amy Adams). The wife takes an immediate shine to her sophisticated new sister-in-law, and the shifting of sympathy between the two women is both elegant and unexpected. Phil Morrison directed. R, 107 min.

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