Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Kenneth Lonergan
Production: Fox Searchlight
  9 wins & 17 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
150 min

Okay, Abrams.




Come on, come on.

Attboy, Todd





Take a seat, Lisa.

I just wanted to take a minute

to talk to you about your test.


Now, I know you

had a little help.

Well, I mean, I didn't cheat,

if that's what you mean.

I'm just saying I know

you had a little help.

A lot of people did.

Well, be that

as it may...

I mean, I'll take it

over again if you want,

but, like, what

would be the point?

It's not like I'm

ever gonna actually

need to know this

stuff in my daily life.

Well, that's just not

necessarily true, Lisa.

Haven't you ever developed

an interest in something

that you didn't

initially think

you were gonna develop

an interest in?


No, not really.

Haven't you ever...

Haven't you ever been put

in a new situation

and found that after

overcoming its difficulties,

you had developed

a new set of skills

and new experiences

along the way?

No, I really haven't.


Anyway, it was open-book.

So, what's the difference

between using a book

and, like, I don't know,

using somebody else's mind

who's really

good at math?

I mean, it's not like this person

did the whole test for me.

Oh, no?

No, I did some of it.

Well, next time I'd appreciate

it if you did it all.


You are so fair.

What did he

say to you?


Mr. Aaron and I have an understanding

about my math problem.

So the President of the

United States, William B. McKinley,

authorizes the use of private

detectives to break the strike

and they went out there

and shot 'em down!

Just like they

did in Virginia,

just like they

did in Pennsylvania.

Because they didn't care!

They did not care!

And that's basically it.

That's basically

all there is to say.

All right? Go ahead.

- Becky.

- Well...

Mr. Klein! I mean,

was there ever, like,

a good president of

the United States?

I don't

know, Becky.

I think that's

a good question.

What do you think?

You. Lionel.

What do you think?

Did we ever have

a good president?

Um... I don't know.

I guess most of them have just

been, like, totally corrupt.


Can I just say that I'm not

necessarily, like, a big fan

of all the presidents

of the United States,

especially the current one.

But I still don't think it's

necessarily all that useful

to categorize every president

as universally corrupt,

because that just seems

really general to me.

Especially if you're gonna

judge them by the standard

of whatever they're supposed

to traditionally be like

in some mythical

version of America

that probably never

existed to begin with.

Lisa has raised

a salient point.

Tell him to be polite, tell

him to answer the questions,

and I'll arrange for his bail

in the morning. Yes.


how'd you do?

Hey, Darren. It was fine.

Thank you so much.

So he didn't give you a

hard time or anything?

Well, he knows

I'm not planning

to go into mathematics

or anything.

He was totally

cool about it.

He's so cool.

Oh, yeah, everybody

loves Mr. Aaron.

What's that supposed

to mean?

Nothing. The man is

very lovable.

What are you doing now?

I was gonna go

look for a cowboy hat.


Because my dad is supposed to

take me and my brother

to this ranch in New Mexico

to go horseback riding

and I don't think

it would be right

to appear on horseback

in New Mexico

without the appropriate

equestrian paraphernalia, Darren.

You wouldn't

understand these things.

That is a

definite possibility.

Anyway, thanks again.

Well, before you venture forth on your

bizarre quest for a cowboy hat...

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Kenneth Lonergan

Kenneth Lonergan (born October 16, 1962) is an American film director, playwright, and screenwriter. He is best known for co-writing Gangs of New York (2002), and for writing and directing You Can Count On Me (2000), Margaret (2011), and Manchester by the Sea (2016). Lonergan earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Director for Manchester by the Sea, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for You Can Count On Me, Gangs of New York, and Manchester by the Sea, winning for the latter at the 89th Academy Awards. He also won the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay for Manchester by the Sea at the 70th British Academy Film Awards. more…

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