Laurel Canyon

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Christian Bale, Kate Beckinsale and Lisa Cholodenko in Laurel CanyonStill of Kate Beckinsale in Laurel CanyonAlessandro Nivola at event of Laurel CanyonStill of Frances McDormand and Alessandro Nivola in Laurel CanyonLisa Cholodenko directs.Still of Kate Beckinsale in Laurel Canyon

Plot

When an uptight young man and his fiancee move into his libertine mother's house, the resulting clash of life attitudes shakes everyone up.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 6.5/10 (9,237 voted)

Critic's Score: 61/100

Director:
Lisa Cholodenko

Stars: Frances McDormand, Alessandro Nivola, Christian Bale

Storyline
Newly graduated psychiatrist Sam and his fiancee Alex move to Los Angeles for Sam's residency, 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.

Cast:

Frances McDormand

Jane


Christian Bale

Sam


Kate Beckinsale

Alex


Natascha McElhone

Sara


Alessandro Nivola

Ian McKnight


Lou Barlow

Fripp

(as Louis Knox Barlow)


Russell Pollard

Rowan


Imaad Wasif

Dean


Mickey Petralia

Mickey


Melissa De Sousa

Claudia


Alexandra Carter

Darla


Michelle DeMirjian

China

(as Michelle Demirjian)


Rick Gonzalez

Wyatt


Dennis Howard

Mr. Elliot


Catherine McGoohan

Mrs. Elliot

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



Details

Official Website:
Official site [United States] |

Release Date: 5 June 2003

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $149,099
(USA)
(9 March 2003)
(10 Screens)

Gross: $4,254,158
(Worldwide)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

Joni Mitchell, who was Lisa Cholodenko's inspiration for the Jane character, is among the musicians in Jane's photo gallery.

Goofs:

Revealing mistakes:
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.

Quotes:

Sara:
I just… I don't really know you, I… I just feel connected to you, I feel… I feel safe with you. Like it's okay to be honest. It's just one of those things. I'm just attracted to you. And it's not just because I think you're incredibly sexy.

Sam:
[laughs, exhales, scratches his head]
I think that you're incredibly attractive too, Sara, I do.

Sara:
You do?

Sam:
Yeah, I think about you. Trust me. A lot.

Sara:
How do you think about me?

Sam:
How?

Sara:
Yeah. Do you think about me having sex with you?

Sam:
Yeah.

Sara:
How?

Sam:
How do I think about having sex with you?
[…]



User Review

A Great Tour -de-Force for McDormand

Rating: 9/10


This is an insightful and truly under-appreciated film. And, as anyone
who has lived in the Hollywood/ West Hollywood area can attest, the
film is also a very accurate portrayal of LA life in the biz. Bale and
Beckinsale shine as well. Definitely McDormand's best work outside of
"Fargo"; her versatility and talent continue to amaze and impress. The
producers' choice of music is perfect and truly reflects the mood and
tone of the film–it makes me want to go out and buy the soundtrack. 🙂
Also, "Laurel Canyon" shows how frail and tenuous life's relationships
can be. By straying from the "norms" of his serious, medical student
world, Bale understands his mother's complexities and foibles and thus
establishes the bond with her that he has possibly sought all his life.
Well done!! *** 1/2