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Anywhere But Here (1999)

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A mother and daughter search for success in Beverly Hills.

Director:

Wayne Wang

Writers:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Sarandon ... Adele August
Natalie Portman ... Ann August
Hart Bochner ... Josh Spritzer
Eileen Ryan ... Lillian
Ray Baker ... Ted
John Diehl ... Jimmy
Shawn Hatosy ... Benny
Bonnie Bedelia ... Carol
Faran Tahir ... Hisham Badir
Shishir Kurup ... Hisham Badir (voice)
Samantha Goldstein Samantha Goldstein ... 4 Year Old Ann
Scott Burkholder ... Man with Mercedes
Yvonna Kopacz Wright ... Assistant Hotel Manager (as Yvonna Kopacz)
Eva Amurri Martino ... Girl on T.V. (as Eva Amurri)
Kieren van den Blink ... Girl on T.V.
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related material | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cambio de vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,607,137, 14 November 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,653,615, 20 February 2000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie when Adele is waving goodbye to Janet who's driving away in their Mercedes, Adele's left arm is behind her back. When they cut to her front, she's still waving but her left arm is to her side. See more »

Quotes

Adele: You're not having sex with anybody are you?
Ann: What?
Adele: You know?
Ann: No, I don't know.
Adele: [Looks at her and tilts head, staring]
Ann: [Tilts head back, staring]
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Connections

References Terms of Endearment (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Surfin' Safari
Written by Brian Wilson, Mike Love
Performed by The Beach Boys
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Special Markets
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Good movie takes you on journey of discovery for a mother and daughter...
20 November 1999 | by The WoofSee all my reviews

This film was a new direction for Natalie Portman. A much more adult role, though she comes to it from the traces of a child in the movie itself. Ann,(Portman) and Susan Sarandon, who plays her newly divorced mother, Adele, travel from a small town in the middle of nowhere to Beverly Hills. There these tortured souls try to come to terms with their new life and their new relationship as Portman's character grows up. Unknowingly at first to Adele, she grows up and becomes a better mother for it.

Ann sees her mother telling her she wants to be an actress, or so she thinks. Adele uses that crutch every time there are problems in their lives. We see their struggle as mother and daughter come to terms between themselves and with being alone, having left their old lives behind.

The acting is top notch from both of them. They seemingly become mother and daughter before your eyes. You can almost feel there is a bond there beyond the actual movie.

Though this movie really doesn't take us to any new ground in these types of films, the fact that the acting is well done, and the story isn't too flawed, let's me recommend it.

I will say however, it will probably go away soon, I don't believe it can have the staying power needed for a huge Christmas season of movies starting in a week or so. See it now before this happens if you like either of these actresses.


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