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Release Date: October 17th, 2003

DVD Release Date: February 24th, 2004

PG-13|1 hr 21 min

Plot Summary
Quirky and rebellious April Burns (Katie Holmes) lives with her boyfriend in a low-rent New York City apartment miles away from her emotionally distant family. But when she discovers that her mother (Patricia Clarkson) has a fatal form of breast cancer, she invites the clan to her place for Thanksgiving. While her father (Oliver Platt) struggles to drive her family into the city, April -- an inexperienced cook -- runs into kitchen trouble and must ask a neighbor (Sean Hayes) for help.

Cast: Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson, Oliver Platt, Derek Luke, Alison Pill, John Gallagher Jr., Alice Drummond, Sean Hayes

Director: Peter Hedges

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: IFC Productions, InDiGent Entertainment

Distributors: Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Keywords: Car, Growing up, Emotional, Brother, Father, 2000s, Mother, Transformation, New York City, Daughter, Endearing, Love, Heartwarming, Family

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  • For a movie about community and forgiveness, family and grace, Pieces of April is refreshingly unsappy. show more

  • Pieces of April would deserve your attention and respect even if all these colorful threads didn't come together into a luminous whole. But they do, beautifully and unaffectedly, because what's been on Mr. Hedges's mind is not just a comedy of alienation but a drama of acceptance and reconciliation.

  • This warm and scruffy film may strike some as a mere period piece, but it's juiced with recognizable family trauma and garnished with a quirky sensibility -- it's the portrait of a group of people we come to care about. show more

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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role