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Laurel Canyon (2002)

R | | Drama | 28 March 2003 (USA)
When an uptight young man and his fiancee move into his libertine mother's house, the resulting clash of life attitudes shakes everyone up.

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Sam
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Fripp (as Louis Knox Barlow)
Russell Pollard ...
Rowan
Imaad Wasif ...
Dean
Mickey Petralia ...
Mickey
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Claudia
Alexandra Carter ...
Darla
Michelle DeMirjian ...
China (as Michelle Demirjian)
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Wyatt
Dennis Howard ...
Mr. Elliot
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Mrs. Elliot
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Newly graduated psychiatrist Sam and his fiancee Alex move to Los Angeles for Sam's residency and into Sam's mother's house in upscale Laurel Canyon. Only problem is, Sam's mother is still there, supposedly finishing up a record that she's producing for the band of her new boy toy, Ian. She seems more interested in smoking pot and drinking than actually working though. Alex doesn't mind but Sam is quite upset. Alex starts off focused on her work (finishing a dissertation on genomics), but is soon distracted by the rock-'n-roll lifestyle going on around her. Meanwhile, Sam is equally distracted by beautiful Israeli intern Sara. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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On the road to the perfect life, Sam & Alex took a little detour.

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Rated R for sexuality, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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28 March 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Atracção Acidental  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$149,099 (USA) (7 March 2003)

Gross:

$3,661,906 (USA) (25 July 2003)
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In the party scene in the hotel room, Daniel Lanois, a real life famous record producer, makes a cameo appearance. See more »

Goofs

The album-wrap party takes place in a suite on an upper floor of the Chateau Marmont (we see Ian order more champagne for the "penthouse suite", and the view from the balcony is clearly an upper floor). Yet when Sam storms out of the suite, then runs downstairs while arguing with Jane, they only descend one flight before reaching the lobby. There is a cut, but the dialog implies that no time was cut from their descent. See more »

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Sara: I just... I don't really know you, I... I just feel connected to you, I feel... I feel safe with you. Like it's okay to be honest. It's just one of those things. I'm just attracted to you. And it's not just because I think you're incredibly sexy.
Sam: [laughs, exhales, scratches his head] I think that you're incredibly attractive too, Sara, I do.
Sara: You do?
Sam: Yeah, I think about you. Trust me. A lot.
Sara: How do you think about me?
Sam: How?
Sara: Yeah. Do you think about me having sex with you?
Sam: Yeah.
Sara: How?
Sam: How do I think...
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Featured in The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

C'est si bon
Music by Henri Betti (as Henry Betti)
Lyrics by André Hornez
Performed by Eartha Kitt with Henri Rene and his Orchestra
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Terrific character piece, wish it had an ending
10 March 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this film, currently playing only the arthouse theaters, Christian Bale brings his fiance (Kate Beckinsale) to L.A. to live in his mom's house temporarily while they try to find their own place. His mom however, is a free spirited record producer prone to wild parties and doping... and is also sleeping with the lead singer (Alessandro Nivola) of the band she is producing. Frances McDormand plays the mom and is terrific in the role, as she shows that she loves her life and does care about her estranged son, even as she winds up seducing Beckinsale's character into her lifestyle. The cast is great, the location work in Laurel Canyon is terrific and the characters are all interesting people. My only gripe would be about the ending, or lack thereof.. the film just kindof ends without a resolution. GRADE: A-


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