In Her Shoes

I have to admit something – in the first half hour of this film I had it slotted into a nice little package in my mind.  For all the world it looked like films that I had seen and forgotten before.  Look, there’s Toni Collette put into the plain sidekick role that is usually reserved for the likes of Jeneane Garafalo.  And there’s Cameron Diaz playing the ditzy blonde role that is usually reserved for … well, Cameron Diaz.

Not long after Shirley MacLaine’s character was introduced I began to realize how wrong I had been in my prejudice.  One of the wonderful parts of her character (and how she played it) is that she did not come in and dominate the movie.  Her character had flaws and had made mistakes just as the other characters had done.  The film gained an amazing texture as the story played out and there were so many interesting levels on which this film could be viewed and interpreted.  I think what I enjoyed the most is that while it was a dramedy there was an emotional underbelly to the film that really snuck up on me.  By the end of the film I felt emotionally exhausted (and blissful) even though there were not any specific moments where the film hit you over the head to provoke emotions.  Needless to say I loved it.

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Movie title: In Her Shoes

Movie description: Irresponsible party girl, Maggie is kicked out of her father's and stepmother's home—where she lives for free—and is taken in by her hard-working sister, Philadelphia lawyer, Rose. After Maggie's disruptive ways ruin her sister's love life, Rose turns her out as well. But when their grandmother, who they never knew existed, comes into their lives, the sisters face some complicated truths about themselves and their family.

Date published: 2020-08-14

Director(s): Curtis Hanson

Actor(s): Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, Shirley MacLaine, Mark Feuerstein, Ken Howard, Candice Azzara, Francine Beers, Anson Mount, Jerry Adler, Richard Burgi, Brooke Smith, John Mastrangelo Sr., Emilio Mignucci, Terrance Christopher Jones, Nicole Randall Johnson, Kateri DeMartino, Brandon Karrer, Jon Ingrassia, Jason Peck, Mary-Pat Green, Gene Bozzi, Carlease Burke, Hamlet, Eric Balfour, Andy Powers, Karen Vicks, Carol Florence, William Spangler, Maureen Torsney-Weir, Chihiro Kawamura, Kevin Anthony, Salih Qawi, Jacquin DeLeon, Earnie Philps, Bill Polk, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Alan Blumenfeld, Jackie Geary, Jill Saunders, Mel Alpern, Cebert Hall, Ayana Mingo, Asabi Rich, Carole Robinson, Nicola Shirley, April Stewart, Ivana Miličević, John Draper, Len D'Errico, Ira Friedman, Bill Miller, George Randell, Mario Sandrelli, Ray Sullivan, Ray Wiersema, Norman Lloyd, Dorothy Kelly, Benton Jennings, Marilyn Raphael, Fran Gellatly, Joan Turner, Jeri Jordan, Dan Fitzgerald, Ruth Byler, David Shatraw, Shirley Beehner, Sophie Klein, Marie Malocco, Betty Ricciardelli, Florence Ruprecht, Mike Schmidt, Kenneth Beehner, Bob Koehler, Robert Miller, George Rosenberg, Fritz Rulli, Dale Schwant, Jay Bressner, Jack Brown, Maxine Brown, Madeline S. Bruni, Rene Godin, Sandye Menduke, Tony Russo, Maureen Solomon

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

My Review

I have to admit something – in the first half hour of this film I had it slotted into a nice little package in my mind.  For all the world it looked like films that I had seen and forgotten before.  Look, there’s Toni Collette put into the plain sidekick role that is usually reserved for the likes of Jeneane Garafalo.  And there’s Cameron Diaz playing the ditzy blonde role that is usually reserved for … well, Cameron Diaz.

Not long after Shirley MacLaine’s character was introduced I began to realize how wrong I had been in my prejudice.  One of the wonderful parts of her character (and how she played it) is that she did not come in and dominate the movie.  Her character had flaws and had made mistakes just as the other characters had done.  The film gained an amazing texture as the story played out and there were so many interesting levels on which this film could be viewed and interpreted.  I think what I enjoyed the most is that while it was a dramedy there was an emotional underbelly to the film that really snuck up on me.  By the end of the film I felt emotionally exhausted (and blissful) even though there were not any specific moments where the film hit you over the head to provoke emotions.  Needless to say I loved it.

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