Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA/Germany, 2005. Fox 2000 Pictures, Scott Free Productions, Deuce Three Productions, Major Studio Partners. Screenplay by Susannah Grant, based on the novel by Jennifer Weiner. Cinematography by Terry Stacey. Produced by Lisa Ellzey, Carol Fenelon, Curtis Hanson, Ridley Scott. Music by Mark Isham. Production Design by Dan Davis. Costume Design by Sophie De Rakoff. Film Editing by Lisa Zeno Churgin, Craig Kitson. Golden Globe Awards 2005. Toronto International Film Festival 2005.
Toni Collette is a successful lawyer whose orderly life is periodically disrupted by her aimless but highly glamorous, boy-crazy sister (Cameron Diaz) 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 Mark Feuerstein) 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.