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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.



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



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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)
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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Ann: Are those initials on your underwear?
Peter: Yeah... My mom has it done. She's an initial freak.
Ann: Take them off and bring them to me.
Peter: I want to kiss you.
Ann: ...Okay.
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References Clueless (1995) See more »


Written by Bif Naked and the X Factor
Performed by Bif Naked
Courtesy of Her Royal Majesty's Records
Under exclusive license to Lava/
Atlantic Recording Corporation for the US and Canada/
Sony Music for all other territories
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A difficult, but great, film.
31 December 2000 | by (Boston,MA,USA) – See all my reviews

Wayne Wang's direction may be the ingredient which made this film much more impressive to me than "Slums of Beverly Hills", which covers remarkably similar ground. The interplay between Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman is riveting. Real chemistry there. This film succeeded in bringing me inside the dysfunctional life of these two women without dragging me down into depressed frustration. Susan Sarandon's character hammers at all the nerves which a narcissistic parent is capable of touching in an insecure adolescent. She amazingly manages to do this without coming across as floridly insane or intentionally sadistic. And, Natalie Portman deflects each attack on her character's ego with the resigned grace of an intelligent codependent child, untainted by the smug cynicism of the Natasha Lyonne character in "Slums of Beverly Hills". Portman's character is an adolescent with dignity under stress, an unusual creature in modern films. The film reaches a very satisfying resolution without trying too hard. I highly recommend this film to the viewer who wants to be challenged and entertained.

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