The Stone Angel

Based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Laurence
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Nov 16, 2008 11:55 pm

I had the luxury of catching this film on the Hallmark channel. I had heard about it because Ellen Burstyn was in it, and she is just [...]

So upon watching it and in awe of Burstyn's performance, Ellen Page walked through the door. Wow.

By the end, I was feeling that sensation in my tummy box that spread throught my blood of a beautiful almost cry worthy performance by Burstyn and Page.
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Nov 17, 2008 12:02 am

I moved the topic to the TSA section. Please make sure you're in the right category next time.
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Jan 19, 2009 4:13 pm

I have heard this was a good movie, but that Ellen Page isn't really in it much, and is more like a cameo thing. Is this true?
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Jan 19, 2009 4:20 pm

Forum Shark wrote:I have heard this was a good movie, but that Ellen Page isn't really in it much, and is more like a cameo thing. Is this true?
She's in it for roughly 10 minutes. But even if Ellen weren't apart of it, the movie would still be very much worth seeing.
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Jan 19, 2009 5:20 pm

Baboon wrote: She's in it for roughly 10 minutes. But even if Ellen weren't apart of it, the movie would still be very much worth seeing.
Ditto. The movie is quite good and holds its own well. Ellen is just a bonus. :p
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Jan 21, 2009 4:22 am

Hey, thanks, guys. I really want to see it, now. However, my parents have found out that the Ellen Page movies are rated R, and therefore do not want me watching them (at least the R rated ones). So, my question is- "Why is it rated R?" It looks like it would be a nice movie about a rebellious old lady from the trailers. I really want to see it, but at the same time, don't really want to disobey my parents. Sorry if I'm sounding really immature (I am not) but this movie looks really good. Thanks.
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Jan 21, 2009 5:15 am

Forum Shark wrote:don't really want to disobey my parents.
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It's been a while since I've seen it, but if I remember right, it's a pretty mild R rating. There's a bit of sex ( I don't remember any nudity) and some language.
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Jan 21, 2009 5:30 am

so did your parents just realize Ellen's movies are rated R after you saw Hard Candy? cuz The Stone Angel is like a family film in comparison. :sassy: if you took out the sex and the language, it would definitely get a PG or PG-13 at the most.
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Jan 21, 2009 5:49 am

Yeah I just realized that he's already seen HC and AAC.

If you're parents let you watch those (whether they knew they were R or not) then they should have no problem letting you watch Stone Angel.
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Jan 21, 2009 3:03 pm

They knew I saw those, but I tend to be light on the details. Once I told them about an American Crime, they got pretty peeved I've been watching these R rated movies. I will try to convince them, and I'm pretty sure it's mandatory reading in Canada, here, so I can use that to my advantage. (Insert devious laugh here).
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Jun 22, 2009 3:52 am

Finally watched this movie earlier today and all I can say is, this might be the worst movie I have ever seen. A total snoozefest. Of course, EP was cute and fantastic as always but her role is so small, it almost wasn't worth waiting for.

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Jun 22, 2009 7:18 am

JerseyDevil65 wrote:... all I can say is, this might be the worst movie I have ever seen.
:rofl: I dont know why but that has really amused me. I actually haven't seen it so I dont know but it doesn't look that appealing. I never read it in school either. We read some other crappy book.

I have probably seen all the scenes that EP is in anyways so I guess there's no need.
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Jun 22, 2009 9:49 am

Cute as always indeed but the story line is damn depressing :disappointed: . Plus Ellens part....now that I think about it :waaah: , that has to be the first semi-sterotypical role she has played despite it's brevity. Those who have watched the movie can analyze her cameo and judge for themselves. just a mid-sentence observation... :biggrin:
And I was pissed watching Ellens progression in the movie... :?: :ohnoes: :weep: :cyring: :ohman:
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Jun 22, 2009 1:58 pm

Lori wrote:
JerseyDevil65 wrote:... all I can say is, this might be the worst movie I have ever seen.
:rofl: I dont know why but that has really amused me. I actually haven't seen it so I dont know but it doesn't look that appealing. I never read it in school either. We read some other crappy book.
They make school kids read this book? Probably as punishment for being bad.
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Jun 22, 2009 10:54 pm

JerseyDevil65 wrote: They make school kids read this book? Probably as punishment for being bad.
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Grade 12 or university. Margaret Laurence was a celebrated and award winning Canadian author, so it is no surprise that her books (Stone Angel is not the only one used in school) would be studied Canadian literature in her home country.

The film suffers from trying to cram too much of the book's storyline into a 90 minute time span. The result is that many of the plot points aren't properly flushed out and many of the sub plots are left for dead after brief screen time in attempt to cover a very broad a story in too short a time. They tried to do too much and ended up with not enough. I enjoyed the film anyway. :noclue:
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Jul 22, 2010 9:44 pm

Found myself very bored and disapppointed after this. Managed to catch it on LoveFilm's watch online service for free since I'm a member and I'm glad I didn't pay for it. Ellen was in it for all of 10 minutes
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Jul 24, 2010 7:04 pm

Watched it last night, and thought it was okay. Nothing special, but certainly not "the worst film I've ever seen". It seems a bit rediculous that on the DVD cover Ellen (Page :P ) is the most prominent person and yet her character is so minor and she is barely in it, I guess it was just a method of widening the audience. Ellen Burstyn's performance was good on the whole, but it just seemed a bit weak at times. I don't think it helps having seen Requiem for a Dream, considering her performance in that is astounding.
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Jul 24, 2010 7:52 pm

I started watching the movie 3 times. My record is ~20 minutes before I fall asleep.
I guess it wasn't exactly Oscar material =P
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