In Her Shoes (2005)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA/Germany2005.  Fox 2000 Pictures, Scott Free Productions, Deuce Three Productions, Major Studio Partners.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Toni Collette is a successful lawyer whose orderly life is periodically disrupted by her aimless but highly glamorous, boy-crazy sister () in this absorbing film by Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential, Wonder Boys). When the two of them have a serious rift over an unfortunate mistake, Diaz hikes her ass to Florida to meet the grandmother (Shirley MacLaine) neither girl knew still existed, while Collette embarks on a new relationship (with ) that can’t go anywhere because of the stagnation in her relationship with her sister. Stylish, funny and genuinely moving at all the right spots, this film never makes a wrong move, continuing to prove Hanson’s immense talent as a director. MacLaine is magnificent in her rich supporting role, and her entire sequence with Diaz at a tropical retirement community is one of the film’s greatest pleasures.

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Supporting Actress (Shirley MacLaine)

Toronto International Film Festival:  2005

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