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Charms for the Easy Life (2002)

The story of three women who live in a North Carolina town and defy the traditional roles set forth for them by society.


Kaye Gibbons (novel), Angela Shelton (teleplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gena Rowlands ... Charlie Kate Birch
Mimi Rogers ... Sophia
Susan May Pratt ... Margaret
Geordie Johnson Geordie Johnson ... Richard Baines
Kenneth Mitchell ... Tom Hawkings III (as Ken Mitchell)
Wayne Robson ... Doctor
Kayla Perlmutter Kayla Perlmutter ... Margaret (child)
Kirsten Kieferle ... Charlie Kate (1909)
Cristine Rotenberg Cristine Rotenberg ... Sophia (1909)
Sylvie Weir Sylvie Weir ... People
Phil Cook Phil Cook ... People
Ken Gorin Ken Gorin ... People
Judy White Judy White ... Louise
Karl Wanhala Karl Wanhala ... People
David Macniven ... Sophia's Husband


The story of three women who live in a North Carolina town and defy the traditional roles set forth for them by society.

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Release Date:

18 August 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A könnyű élet varázsa See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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When Margaret is making tea for her grandmother we can hear the tea kettle whistle. But when she pours water from the kettle into a teapot, there's clearly no whistle on the nozzle. See more »

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12 June 2004 | by hershykissed26See all my reviews

This movie was delightful and full of great actresses. Gena Rowlands is always a class act and this role as a Doctor was perfect for her. These 3 generations of women conquer all that life deals them with grace, style and poise. The story was great. I would like to buy this on DVD if it becomes available. The lives these women lead which revolves around the men that have done terrible things to them and how they deal with it is amazing. I would watch this movie a dozen times if I had access to it. It's great to see women in such important roles.

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