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In Her Shoesjust gets better and better as it goes along. As adapted byErin Brockovichscreenwriter Susannah Grant, this is one of those rare movies that actually improves on its source material (Jennifer Weiner's "chick lit"bestseller), with thoughtful direction by Curtis Hanson, theL.A. ConfidentialOscar®-winner who approaches any chosen genre with Hawksian versatility. At first it seems like Weiner's novel might yield a standard melodrama of sibling rivalry, but the polar opposition of smart, plain-looking Philadelphia lawyer Rose (the always-excellent Toni Collette) and her sexy, illiterate, irresponsible sister Maggie (Cameron Diaz) is just the starting point.In Her Shoesbecomes a moving, richly developed character study that deals with painful loss, long-term guilt, negative self-image, and the discovery of a heretofore unknown grandmother named Ella (played with delicate nuance by Shirley MacLaine), whose re-entry into the sisters' lives sets the stage for the well-earned emotions of a satisfying reconciliation. As Maggie takes stock of her dismal life while staying with Ella at a Florida "retirement home for active seniors," Hanson never condescends to these likable characters, and never goes for the easy laughs in a setting that could have devolved intoCocoon-like comedy. The movie's all the more endearing for treating its male characters (played by Mark Feuerstein, Ken Howard, and Richard Burgi) with equal depth and sympathy, further enhancing a classy tearjerker that viewers of both genders can thoroughly enjoy.--Jeff Shannon
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CastShirley MacLaine, Toni Collette, Cameron Diaz, Richard Burgi, Anson Mount
DirectorCurtis Hanson
Screen WriterJennifer Weiner, Susannah Grant
DVD Release Date:  January 31, 2006
Runtime:  130 minutes
Studio:  20th Century Fox
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review by . August 27, 2006
Pros: Acting, story-line.     Cons: Pacing in some spots.     The Bottom Line: While some portions of the movie were all too predictable, the human drama was enough to make In Her Shoes all worth while.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Cameron Diaz is irrepressibly cute, inescapably adorable, and for now, undeniably sexy; there is no denying it. And that wide smile, dimples and all, can warm …
review by . February 01, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
It must take courage to wade through an overstuffed yet flimsy novel such as Jennifer Weiner's IN HER SHOES and find that without all the paraphernalia bruising the essential message there is a fine story to be told. Such is the case of director Curtis Hanson (8 Mile, LA Confidential, The Wonder Boys) who consistently pares down stories and focuses on significant human issues. He is greatly aided by Susannah Grant's fine screenplay and by a cast of actors who are at their peak. For all the PR that …
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