Margaret Poster

Release Date: September 30th, 2011

DVD Release Date: October 9th, 2012

R|2 hr 29 min

Plot Summary
New York high-school student Lisa Cohen (Anna Paquin) inadvertently causes an accident in which a bus driver (Mark Ruffalo) runs over a pedestrian (Allison Janney). Guilt-stricken over her role in the woman's death, Lisa's mood swings from normal to furious, with her angry outbursts mostly directed at her mother (J. Smith-Cameron). Lisa reaches out to the dead woman's best friend (Jeannie Berlin) and the bus driver, but her failed efforts to make amends only lead to more hostility.

Cast: Anna Paquin, J. Smith-Cameron, Jean Reno, Jeannie Berlin, Allison Janney, Matthew Broderick, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo

Director: Kenneth Lonergan

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Scott Rudin Productions, Fox Searchlight, Mirage Enterprises, Camelot Pictures

Distributors: Fox Searchlight

Keywords: New York City, Growing up, Engaging, School, Transformation, 2000s

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Fine performances and bristling language compel in this overlong, often off-putting but well-observed New York story. show more

  • It's not a film that's easy to love, but like a song you at first can't stand but then end up humming all day, it works its way past your defenses and curls in close. show more

  • Besides Paquin, who delivers a once-in-a-lifetime performance as the maddeningly inconsistent Lisa, also wrenchingly fine are Jeannie Berlin as the best friend of the deceased and J. Smith-Cameron as Lisa's actress mother. show more

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