6.1/10
14,582
103 user 36 critic

Anywhere But Here (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 12 November 1999 (USA)
Trailer
1:25 | Trailer

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
A mother and daughter search for success in Beverly Hills.

Director:

Writers:

(book), (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A pregnant 17-year-old rebuilds her life after being abandoned by her boyfriend at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma.

Director: Matt Williams
Stars: Natalie Portman, James Frain, Ashley Judd
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A piano player at a crossroads in his life returns home to his friends and their own problems with life and love.

Director: Ted Demme
Stars: Matt Dillon, Timothy Hutton, Noah Emmerich
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A drama that details the story of a woman's difficult relationship with her stepson.

Director: Don Roos
Stars: Natalie Portman, Scott Cohen, Lisa Kudrow
Free Zone (2005)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Two women embark on a road trip after they are brought together by circumstance. Rebecca (Portman) flees her hotel after a fight with her mother-in-law (Maura) and hails a taxi driven by Hanna (Lazlo).

Director: Amos Gitai
Stars: Natalie Portman, Hana Laszlo, Hiam Abbass
Domino One (2005)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Nick Louvel
Stars: Nick Garrison, Ken Cheeseman, Steve Guttenberg
Closer I (2004)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other.

Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Clive Owen
Goya's Ghosts (2006)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Painter Francisco Goya faces a scandal involving his muse, who is labeled a heretic by a monk.

Director: Milos Forman
Stars: Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Lavinia and Suzette, former rock groupies and best friends, reconnect after twenty years; one is still as wild as ever, while the other has adopted a more conservative life-style.

Director: Bob Dolman
Stars: Susan Sarandon, Goldie Hawn, Geoffrey Rush
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.

Director: Justin Chadwick
Stars: Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana
Brothers I (2009)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young man comforts his older brother's wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan.

Director: Jim Sheridan
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion.

Director: Peter Kosminsky
Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Renée Zellweger, Robin Wright
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Several love stories set in one of the most loved cities of the world, New York.

Directors: Fatih Akin, Yvan Attal, and 9 more credits »
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Natalie Portman, Bradley Cooper
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Lillian
...
Ted
...
Jimmy
...
Benny
...
Carol
...
Hisham Badir
...
Hisham Badir (voice)
Samantha Goldstein ...
4 Year Old Ann
Scott Burkholder ...
Man with Mercedes
...
Assistant Hotel Manager (as Yvonna Kopacz)
...
Girl on T.V. (as Eva Amurri)
...
Girl on T.V.
Edit

Storyline

Fed up with her small-town Bay City existence, Adele August leaves her family and second husband and heads for Beverley Hills with her daughter. The teenager resents the move and her mother's always flamboyant behaviour and in turns plans to get away to university on the east coast. Mum's plans are different - she wants a movie star for a daughter. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A story of a mother who knows best... and a daughter who knows better.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related material | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 November 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cambio de vida  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,607,137 (USA) (12 November 1999)

Gross:

$18,653,615 (USA) (18 February 2000)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Story of the move is taken from same named novel written by Mona Simpson (Steve jobs's sister) See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Adele wakes up Ann to go see the sun rise, they are looking West out on the Pacific Ocean, but the sun would be rising in the East, not the West. To view anything in that direction, they would be watching the sun set. See more »

Quotes

Annie: That summer I turned seventeen... and started planning my escape.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in That Moment: Magnolia Diary (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Free
Written and Performed by Marie Wilson
Produced by Joe Hardy
Marie Wilson appears courtesy of Warner Music Australia
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Excellent performance by two stellar actresses
12 November 1999 | by (Tulsa, OK) – See all my reviews

"Anywhere But Here" is the story of a mother who is a bit flighty and adventurous, and her daughter who is more down to earth and practical.

First off, I'd like to say that Natalie Portman gets better and better every movie I see her in. She is an enormous talent, and continues to get better as the years go on. She really held her own and managed to shine brightly, even against a talent as large as Susan Sarandon.

Ms. Sarandon is still no slouch either. She portrays Adelle August, a mother who desires more for her daughter than small town life in Wisconsin. She suddenly packs up one day and leaves it all behind, dragging her unwilling daughter (Ann) with her to Beverly Hills. She plays this role with a pure passion, making you believe that she is indeed, in spite of all her flaws and errors in judgement (the electric is repeatedly turned off due to forgotten bills) that she really is trying the best she can for her daughter.

Natalie Portman, as I stated earlier, is phenomenal. Her character of Ann is believable, even though we first meet her at 14 (Ms. Portman is 17) She plays the uprooted, resentful, but loving and loyal child to the fullest extent, without ever feeling forced.

While there is a good supporting cast, they are overshadowed by the presence of Susan and Natalie, and while they are all good, well crafted characters, the focus is clearly on the two stars. Notice a role put in by Ashley Johnson, as Ann's friend in California. Those of you who remember the show "Growing Pains" will remember her as the youngest Seaver child before that show was (mercifully) cancelled.

If I have to have one complaint about this movie, it's that it was a bit too long. At 113 minutes, it tends to drag a bit and has a couple scenes that are either overlong or could have been edited out. But those really are few and far between.

"Anywhere But Here" is a very strong, believable look at mothers and daughters, as well as the complexity of all family relationships. It is a skillful and subtile tearjerker (as evidenced by my friend and an entire theater full of teen girls and adult women crying during two pivital scenes). It avoids the trap of coming off heavy handed. To loosly quote the old saying, you will laugh, you will cry. Often in the same scene.

4 out of 5


22 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
5.9???? kevink2046
I think we have all felt this way..... islandgirl_krysta
Why did Adelle?? m-cuellar-1
the thing grown ups do in bed that shows they really care about you smilinsara
Benny and Ann SwimmerA830
Major Blooper gretchenb
Discuss Anywhere But Here (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?