Devastated over his breakup with his girlfriend, Carter Webb leaves L.A. to stay with his wacky Grandma in her suburban Detroit home, across the street from the Hardwicke family. As Carter struggles to reconcile his own inner conflicts, he is drawn into the pains and loves of the Hardwicke women -- all of whom, in their way, fall in love with Carter, and all of whom, in their way, help him find his way back.
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I love this movie I watched it like 7 times! I was going through a tough time and I watched the movie and fell in Love! I advise anyone going through a had time with relatioinships should watch this movie!
Let set the record straight. It's not that this movie sucks, because itdoes not. It's just disappointing because it could have been reallygood. In fact, the first half hour IS good. Giving that the storylineit's kind of a clichÃ©- guy in his twenties gets dump for beautifulgirl, and heartbroken decides to travel only to find the truth abouthimself- they managed to tell it interestingly enough. That is, it wentreally well mainly thanks to Adam Brody, an actor who plays the samecharacter once and again -gilmore girls, OC, Mr and Ms Smith- butalways adding some tiny specifics to the persona as to make it lookrefreshing. It's also a merit to his record being able to play a sadface when he's hearing Elena Anaya speak in English. The first 5minutes of him against Olimpia Dukakis are arguably the best moment ofthe flick. This fantastic Oscar winner plays and elderly and kind ofcrazy grandma, obsessed, against medical opinion, with the imminence ofher death. She is fantastic in this role, and deserved a new nomination-only a Utopia if you see the numbers this movie made worldwide-. Themovie keeps in a good track until he meets the neighbors. And then'swhen the movie starts to fall. First, because of Meg Ryan. His new"Joker-like" face makes her unable to express any kind of feeling otherthan surprise. And taking into account that she is a cancer patientwith a husband who cheats on her and a daughter who hates her, she kindof needs to show some sadness. To bad for her, she could have been abeautiful aging woman, but she preferred to be a clown. From themoments he meets the family across the street ,the movie tries to tellus that he is discovering he was not doing things right with his lifebut cannot either scape to solve the problems, and that nobody's lifeis simple. But it fails, not only because meg Ryan fails, but alsobecause some of the problems told are so trivial- mother daughterfight, for example- that you don't really get the metaphor. In fact,you end up thinking, wow,this people would's survive my third worldcountry kind of problems. Anyway, Adam Brody made me laugh, he plays alovable character, and his relationship with grandma is worth watching,sadly, there's to much of stupid teenage problems and to little of thatstory. I wouldn't recommend it, but neither would repulse it.
Perfect movie for girls night out. See this one at one of the movie and dinner theaters and order a drink and enjoy.
This review is from: In the Land of Women (Amazon Instant Video) I wasn't expecting anything more than a cheesy chic flick when I rented this. And that's basically what I got. However, the characters are acted well, the story line had some funny parts, and the plot was much deeper than I expected. I would recommend it.
the acting was forced, the direction uninspired, the plotline vague && laced with detached sexy scenes. i love adam brody though, so it was all right.
That was pretty much the worst movie I've seen in a while. First of all the sad parts, I couldn't help but crack up laughing through all of them! And I constantly thought that the girl ,who has a slight resembelence to Avril Lavigne, was about to cut herself, and the punk rock/emo girl usually doesn't date the QB!
Okay, I don't get it. WHY would these womentell a total geek so much? i don't expect much from anyone on "The O.C." but Brody whines here just as much as he does on TV. And what was with that Stewart chick? She's shaped like a boy andacts like she's suffering from ADD! She seems to have the same nervous tick that I call the Neve Campbell syndrome. It did have a good soundtrack so load it off iTunes but skip this boring flick.
At this time the IMDb rating is 6.8 which seems about right for thisstraightforward story about a guy who goes back home from L.A. andfinds himself in the middle of several women who have life issues, andhe ends up comforting and reassuring them. Mostly a pleasant movie withgood characters and a good story.The writer and director is Jon Kasden, whose father is Lawrence, writerof such famous movies as "Raiders of the Lost Arc" and other Sci-Fimovies. This is his first movie and it is a very pleasant one.Adam Brody is Carter Webb, TV series writer and dating a beautifulactress. She tells him she needs "space", his bosses are giving himgrief, so he goes back home to the Midwest for some 'R&R'.There in the neighborhood he meets up with teenager Kristen Stewart asLucy Hardwicke, who is having boyfriend troubles. And, he also becomesfriends with Meg Ryan as Lucy's mom, Sarah Hardwicke. Things are notgoing well in her life and Cater helps.
Anyone who say this movie is boring or has no point is incredibly wrong. This story is life, not some stupid fake Disney movie, just life. Carter helps two women figure out how to deal with their lifes. This movie insprired me and even made me cry. It gave me a new outlook on life.
I bought this film on DVD on a whim. It wasn't even released in thecinemas in the UK and after seeing it, I really cannot think of areason why it wouldn't have been.In a nutshell, this film stands out and the cast do an amazing job(especially Adam Brody as Carter the main character, he definitelysmashes the image of 'crap young actor only famous because he's in ateen series'.Buy this film, Rent this film, Sell your Nan for this film. It deservesit.Don't forget the tissues.
I remember Kristen Stewart in PANIC ROOM when she was a good looking little boy, or so I thought, but baby look at her now! If she is going to be tne one playing Bella in the movie of TWILIGHT, then it is bound to be a winner. Here she plays the sullen, rebellious, teenage daughter of Meg Ryan in a midwestern suburb that's been manicured to within an inch of its life. Her boyfriend is the chief jock in the high school and she hangs out with a trendy, Vogue-reading pack of gossip girls. And yet for some reason she's not happy--well, if she was, there wouldn't be a movie. To Lucy, Carter Webb the visitor from far off Los Angeles, is her entree into a more intriguing world of exile and possibility. He's creative--a writer--and he still acts like he's in high school, which is reassuring.He has a comically sad relationship to his aging grandmother (Olympia Dukakis, flaming the screen with shreds of ham), which is just as winsome as Lucy's own relationship with her mother, the aforementioned Meg Ryan, going out of her way to act as if she really had cancer.The two houses across the street from each other form a dichotomy which the younger characters resent, always spilling out of domestic life and meeting in the middle of the street--I kept waiting for one of them to get run over by Kristen Stewart's car-crazy pack of jock friends.Adam Brody just wasn't right for this movie, and if it fails, it's because of two things, he's the same as Seth Cohen only without any snappy dialogue, and b, the whole script is written in a way that makes you think the producers are purposely avoiding letting Carter have sex with either mother or daughter.He's supposed to write soft core porn for HBO or whatever, but as the film makes it clear, he is as ignorant about sex as he is about everything else. I guess he's okay, though how convenient that he gets to meet Ms. Right in the last sixty seconds of the movie. Whoops, that's a spoiler right there but now I've got you curious and otherwise there's not much to look forward to once Olympia Dukakis totters in and destroys the picture.
This movie was dumb, dirty and disgusting! Meg Ryan looked like the crypt keeper in this movie as well! The only bright spot in this movie (and only real reason I rented it) was Kristen Stewart. She's good as always! But I wouldn't waste time seeing this one when there are so many good movies out there to watch!
I wish that I could say that this is a cute piece of whimsy, a movingcommentary upon the perils of love, life, family, and coming to termswith the knowledge that we all must, eventually, die - some sooner thanothers.Except this movie was spoiled for me first and foremost by Meg Ryan'scasting as Sarah, Mom to Lucy(the radiant Kristen Stewart), thepotential love interest for Carter(the capable Adam Brody, reprisinghis usual character), who has returned to his Grandmother's home afteryears living in Los Angeles, to run away from a bad break up with hismovie star girlfriend, Sofia. Meg, once the iconic definition ofromantic comedy, has been transformed by bad cosmetic surgery into aclown mask, behind which, she struggles to emote - which calls foracting chops she has never, sadly, possessed. This creates twoproblems. First, her role is at the emotional heart of the film, andshe never captures those moments.This might be caused, and is certainlycontributed to, by the second problem - her freakishness makes itimpossible to fully commit to the fictional world, because every timeshe is on camera, the only reaction possible is "Ohmigawd - that'sfreaky!", which reminds us we are watching Meg Ryan, not Sarah.If the movie had overcome this disaster, would it have worked? Althoughthe ending is not the classic rom com convention (it is in factdelightfully open ended in at least one crucial way), the plotdevelopments are foreshadowed in obvious heavy handed ways, redoublingthe sense of watching a movie rather than immersing in an alternativereality.The positives - Brody, Kristen, Makenzie Vega as Lucy's precocioussister Paige, Olympia Dukakis as Grandma, the whimsical moments ofhumour and occasional triumph, rescue this movie from a sub par "wish Inever wasted an hour and a half of my life on that", but only barely.
This movie was billed as a romantic comedy, but it's really a drama,and it was so much better than I expected! Redemptive andthought-provoking, this movie raises questions about if women and mencan be friends without romantic undertones, and includes themes offorgiveness and living life fully. Meg Ryan is always real and lovable,and Adam Brody is a great counterpart. It's so great to see him as aleading man. I loved him in The O.C., but hopefully the bulk of hiscareer is ahead of him. Scenes between him and the grandmother werehilarious. Very well directed. Definitely one to see with your friendsand discuss over coffee afterwards--don't take your parents.
The movie title is forgetful, but the characters are memorable. "IN THE LAND OF WOMEN" is a movie about relationships, and good for people of all ages. The gift of listening is emphasized. The youngest daughter has the best lines of all; she stole the show.
Any particular reason it was necessary for the director to have a real 16 year old girl making out with a 27 year old guy? What would get you on Dateline NBC in Ohio passes for entertainment in Hollywood. I guess the new excuse will be, "I was acting"
My friend and I went to go see this together, expecting a cute girl-ymovie with a gorgeous guy romantic lead. Wow, were we wrong (okay, notabout the gorgeous guy).The movie was actually very good, now that I look back on it. Theactors and actresses were all amazing! Adam's character was wonderful,and the way that he played off of Olympia was great. Kristen and Meg'smother-daughter relationship was very convincing. Also, the storieswithin the story was great, so if you want a movie that you kind ofhave to focus on and pay attention to fully to understand, go for it! Ijust wish that the ending was different. Actually, I wish that a fewparts were different. In the end though, it was a "coming of age"romantic dramatic comedy. Put a murder in there with a song and dancenumber, subtitles, and a house blowing up, and I think we've coveredall the genres! It's a cute romantic-dramatic-serious-comedy that teengirls should go to with their friends; or their moms, I guess. It'sworth it, but then again, I have free movie passes, and on that night,I'd had been very disappointed if we had to pay for it since it didn'tfulfill our expectations.Hope this helped!
When I picked this movie I already thought i knew what was going to happen, but it turned around on me and I was so stunned. This movie Is a total chick flick. Yet it is so meaningful and really makes you think. I TOTALLY NEVER CRY IN MOVIES never once, except for when i watched this movie, I cried, alot at the end. Yet I laughed too. Its just a GOOD movie. I Recomend it totally!
This review is from: In the Land of Women (Amazon Instant Video) I really liked this movie..I guess it was Meg Ryan....that did it for me..Kristin Stewart was okay, but the interaction between Our romantic lead Adam Bordy and Meg Ryan is touching and an interesting twist...I don't think that you will be disappointed in this Movie. I know it isn't new but it is really worth a look.
What struck me most about "In the Land of Women" was the smooth pacing and witty dialogue. The script is intelligent and the cast does a good job too. Adam Brody stars as Carter Webb, a 26-year-old scripwriter who gets dumped by his long-term girlfriend Sophia and decides that he will go to Michigan and attend to his aging grandmother [Olivia Dukakis]. Once there, Carter gets involved in the complicated lives of the family across the street comprising Sarah Hardwicke [Meg Ryan], and her daughters Lucy [Kristen Stewart] and Paige [Mackenzie Vega] - there's also a husband who doesn't really play an important role in the movie.Anyway, Carter's morose outlook on life due to being dumped slowly lifts as he takes long walks in the neighborhood with Sarah and her dog Bozo. Sarah too has problems of her own - the fact that her husband has been cheating on her, and facing a life-threatening illness. The two bond over these walks and form a true friendship. Things get complicated however when Lucy Hardwicke, Sarah's rebellious daughter enters the picture. The pacing of the story is done just right and the characters are all credible, even the over-the-top performance of Olivia Dukakis as Carter's eccentric grandmother. The script has some great lines, often delivered in a deadpan manner by Brody. There were a couple of things that didn't quite gel though - for example, the marital problems of Sarah and her husband are not really explored here, just alluded to, and I felt the story didn't really get deep enough into the 'triangle' that develops between Carter, Sarah and Lucy, choosing to stay on neutral ground and not achieving much in the process.But Carter does grow as a character throughout this movie, and as a viewer, I came to genuinely care about what happened to him and the other main characters. There are quite a few life insights portrayed in this movie which elevated it above just another melodrama. Recommended for those who like dramas about the different facets of relationships.