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Laurel Canyon (2002)

R | | Drama | 28 March 2003 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fripp (as Louis Knox Barlow)
Russell Pollard ...
Imaad Wasif ...
Mickey Petralia ...
Alexandra Carter ...
Michelle DeMirjian ...
China (as Michelle Demirjian)
Dennis Howard ...
Mr. Elliot
Mrs. Elliot


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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

28 March 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Atracção Acidental  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$3,661,906 (USA) (25 July 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The second of two movies pairing Christian Bale and Kate Beckinsale. See more »


On the plane, Sam and Alex ask for scotch and juice, respectively. The stewardess hands them a bottle (presumably of scotch), a glass of ice, and an empty glass. See more »


Alex: What do you want me to do?
Ian McKnight: Finish it.
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Crazy Credits

Editorial Mensch ... Caryn Marcus See more »


References The Lost Battalion (2001) See more »


Good Time
Written by Kirk Miller
Performed by Leroy
Courtesy of Hollywood Records, Inc.
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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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