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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.



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





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Adele August
... Ann August
... Josh Spritzer
... Lillian
... Ted
... Jimmy
... Benny
... Carol
... Hisham Badir
... Hisham Badir (voice)
Samantha Goldstein ... 4 Year Old Ann
... Man with Mercedes
... Assistant Hotel Manager (as Yvonna Kopacz)
... Girl on T.V. (as Eva Amurri)
... Girl on T.V.


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.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 November 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cambio de vida  »

Filming Locations:



Box Office


$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:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hart Bochner and Bonnie Bedelia previously starred together in Die Hard (1988). See more »


This film was released in 1999. Adele and Ann are at the beach drinking from Dunkin' Donuts cups. Dunkin' Donuts didn't come to California until 2015. See more »


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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References Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) See more »


Be Optimistic
Written by Walter Bullock and Harold Spina
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A family coming to age
2 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

Being a freshman in college, this movie reminded me of my relationship with my mom. Of course, my situation doesn't parrallel with Natalie Portman and Surandon's situation; but my mom and I have grown up with the typical mother and daughter fights. There is always the mother telling you what to do, or not being the kind of mother you want to be. I was balling my eyes at the end of this movie. Surandon's reaction of her daughter going to the East coast, miles away, after all they've been through reminded me of how I felt, being from a small city in the West coast, going to New York.

The movie is meant for women who have children that are now all grown up. It is very touching, I was moved by the movie. Every feeling out of the characters in this movie was utterly real, you didn't get any phony sentimentality. I was sitting through the credits at the screening of this movie, alone, wishing my mother was sitting next to me so I could hug her and thank her for everything. This movie is a bit corny of course, but everything is trully momentous. Its all about what a mom can learn from her child; and what a child learns from her mother. 8/10

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