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The women in Nicole Holofcener’s movies suffer from an array of complexes, Peter Pan being the most prevalent. In Holofcener’s 2001 film Lovely & Amazing, Catherine Keener plays Michelle, the technically eldest daughter in the all-female (and all-screwed-up) Marks family. As mother Jane “treats” herself to unnecessary liposuction and middle sister Elizabeth, an aspiring actress, obsesses over her imaginary body flaws, kid sister Annie (Prince George’s County native Raven Goodwin), an adopted 8-year-old African-American girl, is able to sneak off to McDonald’s in the middle of the night because her family’s too busy navel-gazing to notice. And as far as the married Michelle—well, instead of being the family pillar, she’s having an affair with a 17-year-old co-worker and is shocked when she finds out an old classmate is “already” a pediatrician. “We’re 36,” the doctor says. “Yeah,” Michelle scoffs. “But not 36 36.” Laugh at and learn from the girls who refuse to grow up when the film screens at 5:30 p.m. at the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $5. (301) 495-6700. (Tricia Olszewski)