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Anywhere But Here (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 12 November 1999 (USA)
A mother and daughter search for success in Beverly Hills.

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Lavinia and Suzette, former rock groupies and best friends, reconnect after twenty years; one is still as wild as ever, while the other has adopted a more conservative lifestyle.

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Carol
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Hisham Badir
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Samantha Goldstein ...
4 Year Old Ann
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Girl on T.V. (as Eva Amurri)
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Fed up with her small-town Bay City existence, Adele August leaves her family and second husband and heads for Beverley Hills with her daughter. The teenager resents the move and her mother's always flamboyant behaviour and in turns plans to get away to university on the east coast. Mum's plans are different - she wants a movie star for a daughter. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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A story of a mother who knows best... and a daughter who knows better.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for sex-related material | See all certifications »

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12 November 1999 (USA)  »

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Cambio de vida  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,607,137 (USA) (14 November 1999)

Gross:

$18,653,615 (USA) (20 February 2000)
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Hart Bochner and Bonnie Bedelia previously starred together in Die Hard (1988). See more »

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In the scene where Adele wakes up Ann to go see the sun rise, they are looking West out on the Pacific Ocean, but the sun would be rising in the East, not the West. To view anything in that direction, they would be watching the sun set. See more »

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Ann: Are those initials on your underwear?
Peter: Yeah, my mom has that done. Initial freak.
Ann: Take them off and bring them to me.
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Features Wheel of Fortune (1983) See more »

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Anywhere But Here
Written by k.d. lang and Rick Nowels
Performed by k.d. lang
Produced by Rick Nowels and k.d. lang
k.d. lang appears Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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fine pairing; discreet directing
7 September 2003 | by (La Rioja, Spain) – See all my reviews



Susan Sarandon has amply shown that she is capable of turning her hand to most kinds of rôles and is especially adept at teaming up with youngsters. This is no less so in this film with the prodigious Natalie Portman: the two keep the film interesting when almost everything else is a rather blasé prêt-a-porté production, mostly due to Wayne Wang's rather uninspired directing, as well as a music score that has very little to do with the proceedings and did nothing to fill in any stop-gaps.

The film is saved precisely by the Sarandon-Portman tandem providing an energetic display of a mother, divorced, skidding along frenetically almost hysterically, and her adolescent daughter trying to keep her young head on her shoulders and pointing in the right direction. The result is an interesting clash of personalities, veering from the dramatic to the humorous in a style which is not far from being a `road-movie'. Indeed, frequently, reminiscences of `Thelma and Louis' come to mind as the film unfurls, though `Anywhere but Here' is several rungs lower down on the ladder.

Even so, my vote is slightly higher than the IMDb average. Hopefully we shall be able to enjoy a true drama with these two ladies in the future, but with a more exiguous director – Stephen Daldry, perhaps?


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