Anywhere But Here (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  12 November 1999 (USA)
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A mother and daughter search for success in Beverly Hills.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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)
Kieren van den Blink ...
Girl on T.V.


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}

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


Comedy | Drama

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

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Release Date:

12 November 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cambio de vida  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Did You Know?


Susan Sarandon informed the movie's producers that she would not be interested in the project if Natalie Portman was not cast as her daughter. See more »


This film was released in 1999. Adele and Ann are at the beach drinking from Dunkin' Donuts cups. Dunkin' Donuts didn't come to California until 2015. See more »


Adele: You live in Beverly Hills?
Gail Letterfine: No, I live in Santa Monica. Formerly from Bel Air. Formerly Brentwood. I've had a lot of formerlies in my life!
Gail Letterfine: But I'm fine now. I'm single, I'm free, and I love it! Well, most of the time.
Ann: Excuse me.
Adele: She wants to be an actress.
Gail Letterfine: [gasps] Don't they all?
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References Clueless (1995) See more »


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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

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