Margot At The Wedding

Synopsis: A slice of family life: sisters, husbands, children, history, secrets, jealousies. Margot and her teen son, Claude, travel from Manhattan to her family's Long Island home, occupied by sister Pauline, Pauline's daughter, and Malcolm, the slacker Pauline will marry outdoors that week under a tree neighbors want removed. Backbiting marks family discussion, particularly between the sisters and in Margot's cutting remarks to Claude. Pauline tells Margot a secret that Margot promptly tells Claude. Margot dislikes Malcolm and undermines him. She also has marital problems and a lover nearby. People are cruel, inside and outside their families. Is there a refuge for Margot or for Pauline?
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Noah Baumbach
Production: Paramount Vantage
  3 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min




- That was quick.

- I sat next to the wrong person.

- Really? Where?

- Don't look! Don't look!

Careful of my jacket.

Will the wedding be crowded?

I don't know.

I don't think

she knows anyone anymore.

She's only known this guy a year.

Is that short?

Would you marry someone

you'd only known a year?

I can't say I have a lot of hope

for the whole thing.

Then why are we going then?

- We're supporting her.

- I thought she wasn't speaking to you.


I wasn't speaking to her, but I'm over it.

I'm never getting married.

Why aren't you wearing

your new shades?

I don't think I need them right now.

You begged for those glasses.

You look very cool.

I don't need them right now.

Do they know we're here?


Are you...

Paul apologizes for not coming.

She's still getting the house ready.

I'm sorry it was such short notice.

I don't care.

Paul's frantic, but I don't give a sh*t.

And Ingrid wants me to tell you

that she made us all bracelets.

No, I said we should wait.

I thought you asked me to tell them.

Anyway, I got Knicks colors.

They're not Knicks colors!

It's beautiful, Ingrid.

- Where's your dad and Josh?

- They might come later.

Josh's spring break is next week,

and then Jim teaches through Friday.

Then he opens the house

in Vermont on the weekend.

It means a lot to Pauline that you came.


Holy Jesus! Watch it, dicksack!


If you're wondering about

the mustache...

No, I wasn't.

I had a full beard for a while,

and then when I shaved it

I left this part for last, you know,

to see how it looked.


It's meant to be funny.

You're so handsome.

I never thought I'd get you here.

You're arriving in the midst of a drama.

Ingrid, would you make sure

Wizard's inside?

It's the Voglers.

The neighbours want us

to cut down our tree.

No. That's our tree.

They think it's sick

and rotting their property.

We're having the ceremony under it.

You took the swing down.

Pauline thinks this is their way

of trying to be friends.

I think they resent us because we're...

I don't know what we are.

- This is my room.

- Okay.

- Do you like showers or baths?

- Showers. What about you?

I don't care.

Is Malcolm what you thought he'd be?

- I didn't know what to...

- The mustache is temporary.

He saved it for last

when he was shaving.

It's meant to be funny.

- He told me.

- Yeah.

I'm sorry, with so little time to prepare,

we had to put you in

Malcolm's storage room.

This was Becky's room. Poor Becky.

Poor Becky.

Well, now it's a storage room.

I've just started to feel like it's

our house and not my parents', you know.

Our parents.

Of course.

Sorry, it might still smell like paint.

I thought he was a musician.

Well, music's officially a hobby.

He's painting now,

and writing letters to newspapers

and magazines.

He's very meticulous.

He'll spend up to a week

writing a response to a music review.

He's incredibly smart. Maybe too smart.

I don't know. We're doing very well.

Good. I mean, you must be.

I don't know where to begin.

What can I tell you?

It seems I'm pregnant,

but it's really early,

so I haven't told anyone.

I mean, I haven't told Malcolm or Ingrid.

- Wow.

- What did you say?

I said wow.

Yeah. If it sticks. We'll see. I hope so.

Things are good.

We did a couples' seminar

two months ago or so in Maine.

They give you exercises

and things to do.

I know you're not convinced,

but we got engaged right afterwards.

The guy who runs it, Strickland,

he wrote this really interesting book,

On Loving,

which I'll lend you if you want.


But only if you'll read it.

Because I need it back.

I made notes in the margins.

I may not get to it for a while.

Well, I'm not going to lend it to you

if you're not going to read it.

It's gonna be very informal, by the way.

Just Mom and Becky,

Malcolm's brother,

a few friends, and now you and Claude.

Nothing like the first one.

Becky's coming?

- Yeah.

- Could I have some...

You go.

I was just going to say

could I have some white wine?

Oh, yeah. We have...

I'm really glad you changed your mind

and came.

I never heard from you after I sent

the invite. I even wondered if you got it.

I'm just so pleased that we're here.

Did you get it?


I'm sorry you were so angry.

I wasn't angry. I was disappointed.

But you see,

when you say disappointed,

it puts me in a crummy situation,

like I let you down.

- Well, you did, in a way.

- No, I don't see it like that.

Fine. I felt betrayed. Is that word okay?

Again, you're making me the aggressor.

You were the aggressor.

Listen, let's not...

I've become a really good cook.

I can't believe you've still got

all of our old records.

- Mom, can you hide this, please?

- Yeah, of course.

Malcolm played with Ric Ocasek once.

Yeah, in the late '80s.

After he left The Cars. It was a solo gig.

So you're kind of famous?

No, no, believe me, I'm not.

I used to want to be, but no.

Do you want to be famous?

Claude wants to be very famous.

Well, make sure you can

handle rejection. I can't.

For me, expectation just

turns to disappointment.

So ultimately, I'd rather not try.

Claude, ignore him.

It'll all go black for us

soon enough, anyway.

When your mother moved to New York,

she used to send me

books and records.

- She sent me R.E.M.'s Murmur.

- And the Pixies.

And X. She was very cool, your mother.

- You only liked Top 40.

- That's true. But I love R.E.M. Now.

I don't really listen to music anymore.

I was dating that guy Horace back then.

Do you remember him?

Was that the guy

that liked to rough you up?

No, that was our dad.

Our dad used to strip down to

his skiwies and beat us with a belt.

That man had a sexual screw loose.

That's awful that stuff

that happens to kids.

Malcolm was fondled

by a male babysitter.

Just use that information

however you want.

I'm sorry, we're with family. I figured...

I think Becky got it the worst.

Did she ever.

Raped by the horse trainer.

Alan rolled over in bed and he looked

at me and he said, "I can't feel my face. "

It took three doctors before

we knew it was Bell's Palsy.

They say a brush of wind can do it.

Feeling is slowly coming back.

We're all getting older, which is terrible.

I don't care how universal it is.

I can't remember names anymore.

I have that.

I blank out on certain words now, too.

The other day I couldn't remember

the word for...

I've forgotten it again. The stuff in wine.

What is it? Sediment. That's it.

I know that. I was talking more about

not remembering who was

the bassist for Mtley Cre.

Ingrid. Why don't you show Claude

and Bruce the game trunk?


Mick Mars.

Toby, I think you need to have

Bruce diagnosed.

Margot, I don't wanna have

this conversation with you.

It's vital. If you keep telling him

he's like everyone else,

he's gonna wonder why he isn't.

He's suffering.

He's tested very well.

He does B's in school.

But that's how autism works.

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Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach is an American independent filmmaker. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Squid and the Whale and is known for making dramatic comedies. more…

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