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Virginia (2010)

R | | Drama | 18 May 2012 (USA)
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A sheriff sees his state senate bid slide out onto the ice when his daughter begins to date the son of a charming but psychologically disturbed woman with whom the sheriff has engaged in a two-decade-long affair.

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Dustin Lance Black

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Connelly ... Virginia
Ed Harris ... Richard Tipton
Carrie Preston ... Betty
Barry Shabaka Henley ... Willie
Harrison Gilbertson ... Emmett
Kevin Patrick Brown Kevin Patrick Brown ... Jerry
Tom Van Howe Tom Van Howe ... Sheriff's Patrol Host
Ward Burton Ward Burton ... Ward Burton
Paul Walter Hauser ... Dale
Emma Roberts ... Jessie Tipton
Paul Boocock ... Teacher
Yeardley Smith ... Mrs. Whitaker
Toby Jones ... Max
Michele DeSelms Michele DeSelms ... Local Newscaster
Dennis Rauss Dennis Rauss ... Governor
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Storyline

Virginia is a charming, yet mentally ill mother whose greatest love is her protector and illegitimate son, Emmett. But her longest love belongs to the local-married-Mormon Sheriff, who is running for public office and might very well be Emmett's father. This boardwalk town's well-kept secrets are threatened when Virginia's son begins a romantic relationship with Tipton's daughter. "What's Wrong With Virginia" is a humorous, heartfelt drama that pokes at the American dream as it charges toward a climactic shoot out that begs the question: can a woman like Virginia ever play the part of mom? Written by Anonymous

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The simple life... is rarely simple.

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Drama

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Virdžinija See more »

Filming Locations:

Holland, Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,915, 20 May 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,915, 20 May 2012
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Trivia

An open casting call was held in Holland, Michigan to fill 25 roles with local actors. The crew was expecting a few dozen people to show up, but to their surprise, close too 1000 people lined up to be considered for speaking parts and extras. See more »

Quotes

Virginia: Got it all figured out?
Richard Tipton: Already taken care of.
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One Way Or Another
Written by Debbie Harry and Nigel Harrison
Performed by Blondie
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Off kilter, funny, dark, surprising movie--good stuff
23 January 2013 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Virginia (2010)

An offbeat black comedy that is all charm and surprise. It plays off of a nostalgia for a simple middle America and inserts a woman who is both lovable and off her rocker. Her son is a precocious and tender teen with dreams of his own and he gets caught in the middle. The result is warm and funny and actually, in its comic way, tragic.

The star and an amazing star is Jennifer Connelly, but she is well paired with the young Harrison Gilbertson. Third in line is Ed Harris playing a cop or district attorney running for office. It's Virginia Beach, Virginia and there is for some reason a Mormon presence which adds to the humor because of course even Mormons can do outrageous things. Affairs fly against expectations, nuttiness becomes dangerous chaos, and innocence is shattered thoroughly. All in ironic good fun.

The story is key and it's written by the director, Dustin Lance Black. This is his first full fledged movie and it's too bad the responses are so negative. I liked it a lot. Even just appreciating the sheer acting prowess of Connelly is enough to last all the way through. Throw in a half dozen other good performances, some wonderful sets and locations, and really solid photography and it makes for something significant. Finally make the story as crazy as it is and you might have a good time here.

It's not perfect, for sure. They pull the same trick that was used in another, better Connelly film, "The House of Sand and Fog," where the opening scene is the end of the story, and the rest is filling in all the facts. This means a certain surprise is removed, and an expectation raised. You might also say this is all just so frivolous and sensationalist--it means nothing and you take nothing away from it (unlike "Sand and Fog" for example again). And that's true. It's an entertainment, and maybe even a bit of a fairy tale fantasy. Certainly the very last scene, which is after the moment that opens the movie, is a comic (improbable) euphoric conclusion to it all.

Check it out? Yes, if you like offbeat films.


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