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Kasey Gets In Her Shoes

Published September 27, 2005 in Movie Reviews
By Kasey Schiedeck | Images property of 20th Century Fox
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In Her Shoes is a chick flick if ever there was one. Needless to say; however, men schlepped to the theater by an eager female companion will surely be entertained as well by the ever restricted Cameron Diaz in her slinky party dresses and itty bitty bikinis, always at the ready with a flash of cleavage. The remainder of the movie, thankfully, follows an actual story far beyond the dainty black pumps that appear during the opening credits like something straight out of an episode of Sex and the City.

In Her Shoes Review

In Her Shoes, based on a novel by chick lit fave Jennifer Weiner, explores the bond between two sisters meant to be total opposites. Diaz's Maggie Feller is a wild, near thirty party girl, uneducated and unemployed. Her sister Rose (Collette) is a single, shy attorney with weight and dating issues whose hum drum life is interrupted when Maggie comes to stay in her apartment after being thrown out of their father's home. Maggie languishes for a few weeks eyeing Rose's gorgeous new boyfriend. She eventually does to Rose the unthinkable and is justly thrown out again. She manages to locate her long lost grandmother (MacLaine) in sunny Florida and takes up residence at her retirement home. Meanwhile, Rose quits her job and finds true love with a dorky but likeable former associate, Simon (Feuerstein), right off the heels of a bad breakup. Complications arise right on cue, all to be resolved by the film's end; luckily, there is a thick river of emotion running through the film, preventing an easy but lowly escape into the pool of sentimentality.

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Diaz plays Maggie with a genuine sweetness but fails to capitalize on sympathy. When going for vulnerability, she actually winds up looking like a whiny puppy sniffing for the next treat. MacLaine is a favorable mixture of nuisance and pain. Francis Bears makes a candid appearance as Ella's peachy friend Mrs. Lefkowitz, appearing to have been freshly plucked out the Golden Girls. Unsurprisingly, Collette's portrayal of a suffering Rose is the strongest of the cast.

Working from an adapted screenplay by Susannah Grant, director Curtis Hanson safely studies pragmatism vs. impracticality and the dreams we deny in search of safety. The bond between the sisters is of great importance to the premise of In Her Shoes, and in the careful hands of Hanson, that portrayal of the dear relationships relied upon during our journey through life is appropriately displayed with a perfect mix of drama and comedy. The film drags at the end, trying to clean up every last scrap of disaster, but it is genuinely worthy of a glance.

In Her Shoes (PG-13)
20th Century Fox
Director: Curtis Hanson
Screenwriter: Susannah Grant
Based on the novel by: Jennifer Weiner
Running Time: 131 minutes
Maggie Feller: Cameron Diaz
Rose Feller: Toni Collette
Ella Hirsch: Shirley MacLaine
Simon Stein: Mark Feuerstein
Michael Feller: Ken Howard
Sydelle Feller: Candice Azzara
Mrs. Lefkowitz: Francine Bears

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