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Beatriz at Dinner (2017)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 9 June 2017 (USA)
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A holistic medicine practitioner attends a wealthy client's dinner party after her car breaks down.

Director:

Miguel Arteta

Writer:

Mike White
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Cast

Cast overview:
Salma Hayek ... Beatriz
John Lithgow ... Doug
Connie Britton ... Kathy
Jay Duplass ... Alex
Amy Landecker ... Jeana
Chloë Sevigny ... Shannon
David Warshofsky ... Grant
John Early ... Evan
Enrique Castillo ... Marcus
Soledad St. Hilaire ... Rosa
Amelia Borella ... Heidi
Sean O'Bryan ... Security Guard
Natalia Abelleyra ... Suzana
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Storyline

Beatriz, holistic medicine practitioner is stranded at a client's house and becomes a somewhat unwilling guest at a snooty dinner party that evening. A difference of thoughts and opinions causes her to be a thorn in the side of the hosts and their invited guests.

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She was invited, but she's not welcome. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beatriz at Dinner See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$141,959, 11 June 2017

Gross USA:

$7,115,854

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,425,391
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie features music from Mike White's previous TV series Enlightened (2011), which also had episodes directed by Miguel Arteta. See more »

Goofs

Beatriz drives from Santa Monica south to Newport Beach, but we see her driving on the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills, which is many miles northwest not only of Santa Monica but Los Angeles proper. See more »

Quotes

Beatriz: You think killing is hard? Try healing. You can break something in two seconds. But it can take forever to fix it.
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Written and Performed by Brian Eno
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Ensemble piece led by Salma Hayek feels like a missed opportunity
24 June 2017 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

As "Beatriz at Dinner" (2017 release; 80 min.) opens, we see Beatriz at home with her pets (a goat, a dog and a cat), trying to keep them as quiet as possible. Beatriz then is off to work: she is a healer at an alternative medicine clinic, and later on she is off to Kathy, a wealthy client in Newport Beach, to give a massage. AS luck would have it, Beatriz's car won't start and it will be hours before her friend can come help her. Kathy graciously invites Beatriz to stay over and join a dinner party Kathy and her husband are hosting for two other couples, among them a billionaire real estate developer. At this point we're a good 10 min. into the movie but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is the third time that director Miguel Arteta and writer Mike White have teamed up, after the excellent "Chuck & Buck (in 2000) and "The Good Girl" (in 2002). Here they decide to go a very different rout, and serve up a social commentary on life of the rich and famous. Beatriz, a down to earth alternative medicine healer of Mexican descent, stands out like a sore thumb in a small gathering of white rich business men and their spouses, and hence tension ensues. I'm sure that there are people in real life like the John Lithgow character, a rude, self-absorbed, insensitive, sexist and racist pig, but if the movie makers think that this is a representative reflection of rich, white males, then I disagree. I had seen the trailer for the movie, and was expecting something amazing. Instead, what we have here is a movie which has an interesting premise, and doesn't know how to flesh it out, and then simply runs out of steam (and plot) after a mere 1 hr. and 15 min. Sorry, that doesn't cut it for me. This movie feels like a missed opportunity. Salma Hayek (in the role of Beatriz) makes the best of the situation, but that's not saying much.

The movie opened this weekend on 2 screens for all of Greater Cincinnati. The Saturday matinée where I saw this at was attended poorly (3 people, including myself). Now having seen the film, I don't see a long life for this movie in the theaters: it's too dark, and too obvious, but worst of all, the movie is not fully fleshed out.


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