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Laurel Canyon (2002)

 -  Drama  -  5 June 2003 (Israel)
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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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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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$149,099 (USA) (7 March 2003)

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$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 »

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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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Sam: Why did you break up with Bobby? I thought Bobby was the real thing
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Fails on about every level
20 November 2003 | by (Maryland) – See all my reviews

This is an ambitious film that tries to say things about relationships, dysfunctional families, and striving for normalcy, among other things, but really does not deliver on any level. The characters are rather dull and unlikeable; some of them are rather unrealistic and others you don't care at all about. These things really kept me from getting drawn in. A very forced scene with women kissing seemed terribly forced and in general, the movie is surprisingly unerotic and not even good at depicting sleaze, despite its obvious attempts. Frances McDormand, while seemingly too young to play the role of mom to Christian Bale, delivers a good performance although she has little in the way of script to work with.

Interestingly, of three of the principal characters, two of them are British actors playing American characters, and one is an American actor playing a Brit. That's some creative casting for you.

Overall, this is a mildly interesting film that is unsatisfying for the most part. I would rate it a rather harsh 4/10 and would not recommend spending money (or time) to view it.


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