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Anywhere But Here (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 12 November 1999 (USA)
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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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Susan Sarandon informed the movie's producers that she would not be interested in the project if Natalie Portman was not cast as her daughter. 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

Benny: You know what?
Ann: What?
Benny: Your boobs are getting big.
Ann: Shut up!
Benny: [giggling] Mary Girling and Julie Eastman.
[motions boobs on his chest]
Benny: Getting really big ones!
Ann: Don't be gross.
Benny: Oh, boobs aren't gross. Boobs are beautiful.
[laughs]
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References Clueless (1995) See more »

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Be Optimistic
Written by Walter Bullock and Harold Spina
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fine pairing; discreet directing
7 September 2003 | by Keith F. HatcherSee all my reviews

Susan Sarandon has amply shown that she is capable of turning her hand to most kinds of rôles and is especially adept at teaming up with youngsters. This is no less so in this film with the prodigious Natalie Portman: the two keep the film interesting when almost everything else is a rather blasé prêt-a-porté production, mostly due to Wayne Wang's rather uninspired directing, as well as a music score that has very little to do with the proceedings and did nothing to fill in any stop-gaps.

The film is saved precisely by the Sarandon-Portman tandem providing an energetic display of a mother, divorced, skidding along frenetically almost hysterically, and her adolescent daughter trying to keep her young head on her shoulders and pointing in the right direction. The result is an interesting clash of personalities, veering from the dramatic to the humorous in a style which is not far from being a `road-movie'. Indeed, frequently, reminiscences of `Thelma and Louis' come to mind as the film unfurls, though `Anywhere but Here' is several rungs lower down on the ladder.

Even so, my vote is slightly higher than the IMDb average. Hopefully we shall be able to enjoy a true drama with these two ladies in the future, but with a more exiguous director – Stephen Daldry, perhaps?


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