Straight-laced Rose breaks off relations with her party girl sister, Maggie, over an indiscretion involving Rose's boyfriend. The chilly atmosphere is broken with the arrival of Ella, the grandmother neither sister knew existed.
Two sisters, plus a dead mother, a remarried father, and a hostile step-mother. The sisters, each in her way, have perfected the art of losing. The elder, Rose, is an attorney, responsible, lonely, with a closet full of shoes. The younger is Maggie, beautiful, selfish, and irresponsible. Her drunken behavior gets her tossed by her step-mother from her dad's house; worse behavior gets her tossed from Rose's apartment. Then, while searching in her father's desk for money to filch, Maggie finds an address; the past and the future open up to her and, with any luck, may open to her sister as well. Written by
Director Curtis Hanson approached Toni Collette before filming and asked the actress about gaining weight for the part. Collette had complied and proceeded to gain 25 pounds for the part, which she subsequently lost during the film's shooting which is to reflect her character. See more »
After Maggie breaks the heel off a pair of Rose's boots, she changes into leather boots (flat-soled) that she had in the car. She proceeds into the dog kennel. When she comes out later, and the car is missing, she is once again in the high-heeled boots. See more »
Your 10-year high school reunion. Everybody wants to make a good impression and I was making mine on Ted, Tad?, whatever...
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I don't get all this "chick flick" talk. This is a wonderful movie. I did not expect a Hollywood movie to have characters with depth and an interesting complex family story. Cameron Diaz is a terrific comedic actress (regardless of her obvious sex appeal). Shirley Maclaine plays understated older women and Toni Collenette continues to be a excellent actress. There was good chemistry between all three. Some of the minor characters, especially in Florida were quite good. As a guy I hope all this "chick flick" talk does not deter serious film goers who want to have a rally good time at the movies. This is an intelligent movie for adults- not aimed at the 15-19 year-old set.
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