Trailer Trash: Margaret
Writer/Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Cast: Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, J. Smith-Cameron, Matthew Broderick, Kieran Culkin, Allison Janney, Krysten Ritter, Jean Reno, John Gallagher Jr., Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt…seriously everyone but Michael Esper is in this movie and I only mention him since the number of times I have thought he was in this movie is astronomical and I think maybe he was in it when it was three hours long and then Kenneth Lonergan fought hard to keep him and lost.
Summary: Margaret centers on a 17-year-old New York City high-school student who feels certain that she inadvertently played a role in a traffic accident that has claimed a woman’s life. In her attempts to set things right she meets with opposition at every step. Torn apart with frustration, she begins emotionally brutalizing her family, her friends, her teachers, and most of all, herself. She has been confronted quite unexpectedly with a basic truth: that her youthful ideals are on a collision course against the realities and compromises of the adult world.
Verdict: Although I wish they hadn’t given away the entire movie in the trailer, this still looks really good. Even after all those years on the shelf and in the middle of lawsuits. I am a fan of Lonergan’s plays and You Can Count on Me. I like a lot of the cast too. Excited for this to finally come out!