IN HER SHOES: In this screen adaptation of Jennifer Weiner's bestselling novel, Toni Collette (MURIEL'S WEDDING) is Rose Feller, an overweight, overworked, and painfully undersexed lawyer who fills an emotional void with pints of Haagen-Dazs and a closetful of expensive shoes that she never wears. Little sis Maggie (an always radiant Cameron Diaz), who is prone to public drunkenness, one-night stands, and wearing lingerie as outerwear, is as lacking in career prospects as her sister is in romantic ones. When her irresponsible behavior gets her kicked out of her father's house by her spiteful stepmother, Maggie has nowhere to crash but her elder sister's couch. But, after she ignites a series of disasters ranging from the minor to the catastrophic, Maggie is cast out by her angry older sibling, with no job, no money, and no one to take her in. She finds a stash of hidden letters in her father's desk drawer that enable her to track down her estranged grandmother (the wonderfully centered Shirley MacLaine) in a Florida retirement community, hoping to use her impressive skills of manipulation and false charm to financial benefit. While Maggie begins to adapt to life as a nubile young fish in the waters of shuffleboard and wheelchairs, Rose, up in the wintry north, quits her stifling job and begins her own personal transformation. Both women's paths to spiritual growth and self-actualization might ring false if handled by less nuanced performers and a flashier director, but here they are subtle enough to be both inspiring and realistic.
Director Curtis Hanson has proven to be a flexible artist, jumping from genre to genre with the prowess and confidence of those studio directors of Hollywood's Golden Age. With IN HER SHOES, the man behind L.A. CONFIDENTIAL and 8 MILE elevates the "chick flick" out of that pigeonhole, crafting a story of surprising depth and universal appeal.
Cameron Diaz - American Actress/THE MASK
Shirley MacLaine - American author, actress, TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (1983)
Shirley MacLaine Beaty - American author, actress, TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (1983)
Toni Collette - Actress/"Spotswood"
Curtis Hanson - Oscar-winning, director, screenwriter, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL
Curtis Lee Hanson - Oscar-winning, director, screenwriter, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL
Theatrical Release: October 7, 2005
3 stars out of 5 -- "[S]exy, touching and astringently funny....Diaz and Collette are sensational, and MacLaine -- underplaying to marvelous effect -- does her best acting in years." - 10/20/2005 Rolling Stone, p.91
"[A] richly textured story . Ms. Collette is so very good and goes so very deep inside her character -- bringing us right alongside her -- that she becomes the de facto center of the film as well as the beneficiary of our greatest emotional investment." - 10/07/2005 New York Times, p.E1
"[T]his is the most enjoyable film of its type in recent memory....The movie takes off in some pleasurable directions -- some comic, some touching." - 10/07/2005 USA Today, p.4E
"The plot math is neat, the cultural references are easy, the jokes are sitcom-honed..." - 10/14/2005 Entertainment Weekly, p.119-120
"The film improves whenever MacLaine is on screen; she brings a wry, world-weary dignity to the role of Ella." - 12/01/2005 Sight and Sound, p.57
Included in Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Films Of The Year -- "Curtis Hanson directs this charmed confection with a romance and pain, a frivolity and grace, that will leave you laughing through tears." - 12/30/2005 Entertainment Weekly, p.118
"The diverse talents of Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine all shine under the capable direction of Curtis Hanson..." - 01/01/2006 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.106
"The film, directed by Curtis Hanson, is manipulative, but confidently so, and improbably affecting. Nothing in Ms. Diaz's career foreshadowed this beautiful performance." - 01/14/2011 Wall Street Journal