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“Philomena” Poised For Indie Greatness

2013-11-11-philomena1Each year there are strong standouts from the world of Indie-filmmaking — the Junos, Slumdog Millionaires and Little Miss Sunshines of the world. Well, all signs indicate that the new Stephen Frears film Philomena is poised to join the Hollywood grown-ups table this Thanksgiving weekend.

Deadline reports the Judi Dench/Steve Coogan project performed well in limited release (just four screens in L.A. and N.Y.), earning a very impressive $33,429 per screen average and 94% of exit poll comments rated the comedy-drama as “excellent” or “very good.” The film’s distributer is confident that once audiences across the country get a taste, word-of-mouth will continue to run strong.

If you couldn’t tell already, we’re pretty excited about it ourselves. Coogan and Dench bring outstanding chemistry that is simultaneously touching and quite funny. Well-received at festivals and in the U.K. where it opened earlier this month, the film is already generating major Oscar buzz for its potent performances and sharp screenplay.

Look for it nationwide on November 27.

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  • CityBoy300

    Do the editors have money in this picture? Why are you shamelessly and repeatedly flogging an indie release which appears to have particularly gay content? I mean, I love Judi Dench, but heer are plenty of other sites devoted to film reviews and box-office performance stories. That is not why one comes to a site about Queer stuff.

  • CityBoy300

    Sorry, “…NO particularly gay content.” Major typo there….

  • 2eo

    @CityBoy300: The PR company handling the promotion of Philomena in the US is the same company that handles Nick Gruber, and they pump a fair whack of money into Queerty and its parent for a set amount of stories and content per week.

  • tricky ricky

    if they want to plug the film and they pump money into this site let them plug away. this looks like a good movie.

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