• Pieces of April (2003)

Pieces of April

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

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    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

  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Both heartfelt and tough-minded. show more

  • 88
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The restraint and wit Hedges and his cast display in putting together Pieces of April pay off in the film's brightly organized, deeply satisfying conclusion. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004)