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nominee Brenda Blethyn) endures
liposuction to get dates. Her eldest
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daughter, Michelle (Oscar-nominee
Catherine Keener), stuck in a loveless
icole Holofcener is laugh-
marriage, flirts with anything that
ing at her Caesar salad, a
moves. Middle child Elizabeth
(Emily Mortimer), a gorgeous
thing she ordered with no
is so neurotic about her looks
croutons and dressing on the side.
flubs a "chemistry" audition
"I'm nuts," says the writer-director of
the breezy new comedy Lovely &
Amazing, chastely dipping a romaine
American daughter Annie (Raven
frond into the dressing. "You saw the
Goodwin), meanwhile, can't decide
movie; I'm obsessed. I think I weigh
whether to feel inferior because she's
121 pounds, and I'm like, 'Oh, I have
black or because she's Jewish.
to weigh 119.' And at the same time,
"It's as if she's saying, 'Which thing
I'm conscious that that's utterly absurd."
should I hold against myself?"' says
It doesn't help that a group of
Holofcener, 42, who grew up cultur-
Playboy bunnies have congregated
ally Jewish in New York and Los
one table over from Holofcener's at
Angeles. "As tragic as that is, it's also
the Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa
Monica. But then again, the direc-
If the Marks women are lovely and
tor's an old pro at dissecting a partic-
they're also insecure and
ularly American form of mishegoss:
are so many intelligent
the insecurity women feel about their
and beautiful women who spend an
inordinate amount of time obsessing
a hit at
In Lovely 6- Amazing
about their appearance," Holofcener
the 2002 Sundance Film Festival —
says by way of explanation.
Jewish matriarch Jane Marks (Oscar
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Above: Writer/director Nicole
Holofcener on the set of "Lovely
& Amazing." The film, about
the insecurity women feel about
their bodies, is an ode to the
Left: Brenda Blethyn plays
Jewish matriarch Jane Marks,
and Raven Goodwin is her
adopted daughter, Annie.