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In the Land of Women (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 20 April 2007 (USA)
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A sleazy writer has a chance to redeem himself when he goes to stay with his grandmother and befriends the neighbors.

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Jonathan Kasdan

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Jonathan Kasdan

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elena Anaya ... Sofia Buñuel
Adam Brody ... Carter Webb
Kelsey Keel ... Teenage Girl
Danielle Savre ... Teenage Girl
Gia Mantegna ... Teenage Girl (as Gina Mantegna)
Rob Reinis ... Avi Rosenberg (voice) (as Robert Reinis)
JoBeth Williams ... Agnes Webb
Makenzie Vega ... Paige Hardwicke
Kristen Stewart ... Lucy Hardwicke
Meg Ryan ... Sarah Hardwicke
Olympia Dukakis ... Phyllis
Dustin Milligan ... Eric Watts
Graham Wardle ... Gabe Foley
Elise Gatien ... Tiffany
Christine Danielle Christine Danielle ... Tanya
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L.A. soft-porn writer Carter Webb is frustrated enough, after his actress girlfriend dumps him, to need a serious break. He decides to spend it with his grandmother, who can't really take care of herself and her Detroit suburb house anyway. Helpful Carter soon overcomes mishaps to bond with the foxy neighbor across the street and her daughters. Helping them actually helps him regain perspective and self-confidence. Written by KGF Vissers

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Get ready to fall

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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20 April 2007 (USA) See more »

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Entre mujeres See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,712,341, 22 April 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,043,445, 24 June 2007
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Carter, Lucy and Paige are trying to pick a movie at the theater, one of their choices is "The Age of Adeline" which wasn't released until 2015.

The mention of a film that would be released several years later is irrelevant. It was just a fictional title that coincidentally had a similar title to one used later. The 2015 film, which was announced in 2010, was actually titled The Age of Adaline with an "a" not an "e". The 2015 film was not based on a book, but was a new work. See more »

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The scene in Carter's bedroom you see Lucy sitting on the bed in the mirror. As the shots change, the position of her hair and legs change several times. See more »

Quotes

Carter Webb: Sophia dumped me
Agnes Webb: Are You kidding me? When?
Carter Webb: About an hour and a half ago, I've been in traffic
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Referenced in Unsolved Suburbia (2010) See more »

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Goods (All in Your Head)
Written by Kori Gardner and Jason Edward Hammel
Performed by Mates of State
Courtesy of Polyvinyl Record Co.
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offbeat romantic comedy/drama
30 November 2008 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

Jon Kasdan (son of filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan) makes a most auspicious directorial debut with "In the Land of Women," an utterly charming and winning indie comedy/drama marked by interesting characters, complex relationships and delightful performances by a first-rate cast.

When his fashion-model/actress girlfriend dumps him without warning, a "soft-erotica" writer by the name of Carter Webb leaves his home in L.A. to spend time with his eccentric grandmother in suburban Michigan. A 26-year old who hasn't been able to grab a hold of anything meaningful in his life thus far, Carter finds his world becoming even more complicated when he makes the acquaintance of a mother and daughter who live across the street from where he's staying.

The beauty of Kasdan's screenplay is that we never know where the story is going to take us at any given moment. Moreover, the characters interact with one another in ways that are both believable and surprising, and no one is made out to be either a hero or a villain, a sinner or a saint. Carter is coping with the pain of a failed romantic relationship, while the two women contend with marital difficulties, suburban angst, adolescent rebellion and a life-threatening illness. Yet, for all the potential sturm und drang of the material, "In the Land of Women" maintains a light-hearted, lyrical tone throughout, thanks to witty dialogue and a full-hearted appreciation for the subtle little ironies and eccentricities of life.

The performances could not be improved upon. Adam Brody makes Carter into a sympathetically vulnerable figure who, at the same time, can display a surprising amount of strength and intestinal fortitude when the situation calls for it. Makenzie Vega is sweet and charming as the literal girl-next-door who is quick to criticize her mother even though she doesn't know the woman quite as well as she thinks she does. But it is Meg Ryan as Sarah Hardwicke, the full-time housewife and mother, who truly excels in her role, turning a potentially two-dimensional character into a multi-faceted woman of surprising depth and emotion. With admirable restraint and understatement, Ryan conveys all the unspoken thoughts and feelings of a woman who is aware of the compromises she has made in life but who is far more wise and complex about the ways of the world than either her daughter or her philandering husband are willing to give her credit for. Finally, Olympia Dukakis seems to be having the time of her life playing an attention-seeking, doddering old woman who may not be quite as out of it as she wants others to believe she is.

As director, Kasdan takes full advantage of the bucolic Michigan setting (though it is remarkably lush and green for October), as Carter and Sarah take long, leisurely strolls around the neighborhood, getting to know one another and establishing a lasting relationship.

Like them, the movie is not afraid to take its time laying out its storyline and revealing the hearts of its characters. The result is an offbeat and deeply satisfying film that bodes well for the future career of its neophyte director.


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