Margot at the Wedding

Margot at the Wedding
Margot at the Wedding

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Noah Baumbach
Produced by Scott Rudin
Written by Noah Baumbach
Starring Nicole Kidman
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jack Black
John Turturro
Ciarán Hinds
Halley Feiffer
Cinematography Harris Savides
Editing by Carol Littleton
Distributed by Paramount Vantage
Release date(s) November 16, 2007 (2007-11-16)
Running time 93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget US$10 million
Box office $2,897,757

Margot at the Wedding is a 2007 tragicomedy written and directed by Noah Baumbach.

The film premiered August 31, 2007 at the 34th Telluride Film Festival.



Margot (Nicole Kidman) is a successful but neurotic writer who brings her 11-year-old son Claude (Zane Pais) to spend a weekend visiting her free-spirited sister Pauline (Jennifer Jason Leigh) on the eve of her wedding to Malcolm (Jack Black). Margot disapproves of Pauline's choice of fiancé, which causes tension between the two sisters.



Margot at the Wedding was shot from April-June 2006 in various New York locations including Shelter Island, Hampton Bays, East Quogue, Long Island and City Island, Bronx.

The script's working title was Nicole at the Beach, but it was changed when Kidman signed on.[1]


The film premiered August 31, 2007 at the 34th Telluride Film Festival. It was also shown at the Toronto Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, and the Mill Valley Film Festival. The film opened in limited release in the United States on November 16, 2007. It opened in the United Kingdom on February 8, 2008 and at two cinemas in Melbourne, Australia on February 21, 2008.[2]


Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips acted as the film's music consultants, and the film "features the more obscure singer-songwriters that Baumbach is obsessed 70's post-Dylan folkie Steve Forbert, British singer-songwriter and occasional Pink Floyd guest Lesley Duncan, Brooklyn born singer songwriter Evie Sands (covered both Beck and Beth Orton) and New York Anti-folk artist Diane Cluck."[3]

  • "Northern Blue" by Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips
  • "Romeo's Tune" by Steve Forbert
  • "Go Tell Aunt Rhody" performed by Jack Black
  • "Genesis" by Jorma Kaukonen
  • "One Fine Summer Morning" performed by Evie Sands
  • "Goin' Down to Laurel" by Steve Forbert
  • "The Wagon" by Dinosaur Jr.
  • "Dear Mary" by Steve Miller Band
  • "See How We Are" performed by X
  • "Sunday Girl" performed by Zane Pais
  • "Everything Changes" by Lesley Duncan
  • "Union City Blue" by Blondie
  • "You and Me" by Alice Cooper
  • "Clair" by Gilbert O'Sullivan
  • "Easy to Be Around" by Diane Cluck
  • "Nothing Is Wrong" performed by The dB's
  • "That's All For Everyone" by Fleetwood Mac
  • "On and On" performed by Michael Medeiros
  • "Teen Angel" by Donovan
  • "Something on Your Mind" performed by Karen Dalton



Critics gave the film mixed to generally favorable reviews. As of March 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 52 percent of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 153 reviews.[4] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 66 out of 100, based on 37 reviews.[5]

Jonathan Rosenbaum of the Chicago Reader named it the sixth best film of the year in a tie of a dozen mainstream releases.[citation needed] Steven Rea of The Philadelphia Inquirer named it the 7th best film of 2007,[6] Scott Foundas of LA Weekly named it the 8th best film of 2007[6], and Kyle Smith of the New York Post named it the 9th best film of 2007.[6]

Box office

The film has grossed US$1,995,043 in the United States and Canada as of January 2008.

The film has made US$2,897,757 worldwide.[7]

Awards and nominations

Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh Nominated
Satellite Award Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nicole Kidman Nominated
Satellite Award for Best Film – Musical or Comedy Noah Baumbach Nominated
Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female Jennifer Jason Leigh Nominated
Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Cast Cast Nominated
Best Film Noah Baumbach Nominated
Peñíscola Comedy Film Festival Best Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh Won
Best Director Noah Baumbach Won


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