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Pieces of April

Rating:PG-13 (for language, sensuality, drug content and images of nudity)
Genre:Drama, Comedy
Release Date:October 17, 2003
Running time:81 minutes
Cast:Katie Holmes, Patricia Clarkson, Oliver Platt, Derek Luke, Alison Pill
Director:Peter Hedges
Producer:Alexis Alexanian, Holly Becker, Gary Winick
Writer:Peter Hedges
Distributor:United Artists

Description: April Burns is a wild, 21-year-old young woman with a very big problem. Against her own better judgment, she's invited her estranged, straight laced family for Thanksgiving dinner. Her boyfriend, Bobby, wants to help, but she banishes him from the apartment while she attempts to cook the meal. To make matters worse, she then discovers that her oven doesn't work. So, while April is forced to ask her eccentric neighbors for help in cooking her fifteen pound turkey, the Burns Family begins a reluctant journey from suburban Pennsylvania toward New York City's Lower East Side. April's Dad, Jim Burns tries to convince the family that the day will be beautiful. However, her mom, Joy, has her doubts and freely voices them. April's teenage sister and brother are squeezed between Grandma Dottie, and a bag of snacks in the back seat, as the Burns' family car hurtles toward Manhattan--and what will most likely be disaster.

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