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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 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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Delightfully charming!
8 April 2004 | by tlbmrbSee all my reviews

The details within the scope of the camera of this film captured an era in which women finally could speak out and not fear being oppressed by men. These three women held a bond which, by today's standard, is cherishable and unique. The script may be old fashion as to leave out the noise and tongue lashings that the audience my only imagine but it also embraces the warmth and love that is special to close knit families. Today's families should see this movie to demonstrate that you can talk back at a certain age and it is alright to ask questions and there should be nothing private inside a family. "Garlic Toast for Breakfast" would not suit as an appropriate title. It is what I will remember.

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