Monday, July 16, 2012

Laurel Canyon (2002)

Synopsis: Free-spirit mom and uptight son share DNA... and his girlfriend?!?

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Academy Award winner Frances McDormand (Almost Famous, Fargo) stars in the sexy and witty story of a hard-living, free-thinking, rock-and-roll record producer who finds herself unexpectedly sharing a house with her straight-laced son and his super-conservative bride-to-be.”

What Did I Learn?: Psychiatrists are either angry and repressed young men or sex-crazed vixens.

Really?: 1) I kept waiting for Alex (Kate Beckinsale) to tell Sam (Christian Bale) he obviously has a chip on his shoulder towards his mother and her friends, but she never does. 2) It’s amazing how everyone is polite and civil to each other – not to mention still living under the same roof – the morning after their giant blow-up.

Rating: Laurel Canyon is a good, but not great film. Frances McDormand is especially impressive as the sexually-liberated Jane, but the script often doesn’t ring true (it’s also strange that none of the other main performers use their own accents) and I had a bit of trouble believing Alex would seriously consider having sex with her fiance’s mom or her sleazy rocker boyfriend. 7/10 stars.

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