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Laurel Canyon (2002)

R | | Drama | 28 March 2003 (USA)
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When an uptight young man and his fiancee move into his libertine mother's house, the resulting clash of life attitudes shakes everyone up.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jane
... Sam
... Alex
... Sara
... Ian McKnight
... Fripp (as Louis Knox Barlow)
Russell Pollard ... Rowan
Imaad Wasif ... Dean
Mickey Petralia ... Mickey
... Claudia
Alexandra Carter ... Darla
Michelle DeMirjian ... China (as Michelle Demirjian)
... Wyatt
Dennis Howard ... Mr. Elliot
... Mrs. Elliot
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Newly graduated psychiatrist Sam and his fiancee Alex move to Los Angeles for Sam's residency and into Sam's mother's house in upscale Laurel Canyon. Only problem is, Sam's mother is still there, supposedly finishing up a record that she's producing for the band of her new boy toy, Ian. She seems more interested in smoking pot and drinking than actually working though. Alex doesn't mind but Sam is quite upset. Alex starts off focused on her work (finishing a dissertation on genomics), but is soon distracted by the rock-'n-roll lifestyle going on around her. Meanwhile, Sam is equally distracted by beautiful Israeli intern Sara. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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On the road to the perfect life, Sam & Alex took a little detour.

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Rated R for sexuality, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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28 March 2003 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$149,099, 9 March 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,663,356, 3 August 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$590,802
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In the party scene in the hotel room, Daniel Lanois, a real life famous record producer, makes a cameo appearance. See more »

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On the plane, Sam and Alex ask for scotch and juice, respectively. The stewardess hands them a bottle (presumably of scotch), a glass of ice, and an empty glass. See more »

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Alex: We just hadn't planned on a change of plan.
Jane: Well who plans on a change of plan? I mean, that would be sorta paranoid, don't you think?
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Special thanks to Christie Gaumer & Shakespeare and to Red Hot Chili Peppers. See more »

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References The Lost Battalion (2001) See more »

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Crawling
Written by Marty James Garton and John Anthony Zunino
Performed by Scapegoat Wax
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An enjoyable clash of cultures, families and sexual orientations
19 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

There's a clash of cultures, families and sexual orientations in "Laurel Canyon", and I enjoyed all of it. Sam (Christian Bale) and Alex (Kate Beckinsale) are an uptight, New York couple in complete control of their lives, until they move in with Sam's mother Jane (Frances McDormand) who is a loose hippie (in all senses of the words). Jane also has a slew of rock-and-roll men living in her house, most notably, Ian (Alessandro Nivola), her primary boyfriend with an irresistible accent - but then again Jane and Ian don't really label anything, especially relationships.

As Sam grows increasingly frustrated by his mother's lifestyle, Alex grows increasingly intrigued by it. Sam's need to control everything can get annoying, but Bale plays well off of Beckinsale's quiet energy. The sexual tension between Beckinsale, Nivola and McDormand is electric and is able to keep driving the film forward.

The dialogue is funny enough and the actors are all very good that they make up for the slightly predictable plot. At the Independent Spirit Awards, Frances McDormand was nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Alessandro Nivola for Best Supporting Actor. Well deserved nominations and quite possibly the best performances of their careers. Be prepared for sexual energy in every direction, but I recommend "Laurel Canyon".


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