Turkey Day
Pieces of April
Review by Ross Anthony

Pieces of April April is on a mission, she's got to cook up a Thanksgiving dinner for her family like none before. And this will be difficult seeing as, she's done none before. In fact, as far as her family goes, she's apparently created quite a backstory of terror. No one in the family seems to have much hope that April's little party will be anything less than another disaster to be endured, save for her ever diplomatic father aptly played by Oliver Platt.

And that is the movie, pierced and tattooed April struggles to manage a turkey dinner which runs fowl at every turn, while her unstable mother and station wagon full of other family members drive to New York to join her.

The dialogue is crisp, sometimes funny, always real and unexpected. The direction clips along as well. The filmmakers utilize the shaky camera technique, which I've grown tired of, but yes, it does help create a more panicky atmosphere. And all the acting is very good.

Negatives? That panicky atmosphere subconsciously might get on your nerves. And just who is this April that I should care whether or not she makes things good with her family? There is nothing in the film to make me care about her too much; in fact every sweet thing about her is countered with a crass one.

Still, the picture is entertaining and surprisingly emotional as it rounds up with a strong dose of heart.



  • Pieces of April. Copyright © 2003.
  • Starring Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson, Oliver Platt, Derek Luke, Alison Pill, John Gallagher Jr., Alice Drummond, Sean Hayes, Sisquo.
  • Screenplay and direction: Peter Hedges.
  • Produced by John Lyons, Gary Winick, Alexis Alexanian at IFC Prods/InDigEnt/ Kalkaska. 80 minutes.



Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)



Copyright © 1998-2016 Ross Anthony, Author - Speaker - Solo World Circumnavigator In addition to reviewing films and interviewing celebs at HollywoodReportCard.com, traveling the world, composing great music, motivational speaking, Mr. Anthony also runs his own publishing company in the Los Angeles area. While traversing the circumference of the planet writing books and shooting documentaries, Mr. Anthony has taught, presented for, worked &/or played with locals in over 30 countries & 100 cities (Nairobi to Nagasaki). He's bungee-jumped from a bridge near Victoria Falls, wrestled with lions in Zimbabwe, crashed a Vespa off a high mountain road in Taiwan, and ridden a dirt bike across the States (Washington State to Washington DC). To get signed books ("Rodney Appleseed" to "Jinshirou") or schedule Ross to speak check out: www.RossAnthony.com or call 1-800-767-7186. Check out his other sites too: Author*Illustrator*Speaker, Motobookothon 2009, M9, Write Triangle, TwT. Go into the world and inspire the people you meet with your love, kindness, and whatever it is you're really good at. Check out books by Ross Anthony. Rand() functions, Pho chicken soup, rollerblading, and frozen yogurt (w/ blueberries) also rock! (Btw, rand is short for random. It can also stand for "Really Awkward Nutty Dinosaurs" -- which is quite rand, isn't it?) Being alive is the miracle. Special thanks to Ken Kocanda, HAL, Jodie Keszek, Don Haderlein, Mom and Pops, my family, R. Foss, and many others by Ross Anthony. Galati-FE also deserves a shout out. And thanks to all of you for your interest and optimism. Enjoy great films, read stirring novels, grow.


chili4 special olympians
power5 ra hforh radiop


Last Modified: Saturday, 16-Sep-2006 08:00:32 PDT