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IN HER SHOES: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Two sisters, Maggie (Cameron Diaz), a gorgeous wannabe actress and party girl, the other a dedicated lawyer at a big firm, Rose (Toni Collette) - seem to have nothing in common, except a love of sexy shoes and the same shoe size. When Maggie goes too far with her brattish behaviour (like screwing Rose's potential boyfriend who is also a partner in her law firm), they have a bust up in capital letters and Maggie, rejected from Rose's apartment, heads to Florida to find their long lost grandma, Ella (Shirley MacLaine), at an 'active seniors' retirement home. Here, family secrets and decent character traits are discovered, as back home Rose drops out to walk dogs and find a new self: herself. In the process, she also discovers that she isn't the ugly duckling she imagined, when Simon (Mark Feuerstein) comes along.

Review by Louise Keller:
If the shoe fits....With its sparkling performances and sentiment about the love between two sisters intact, In Her Shoes is intelligent and absorbing. Cameron Diaz is a breath of fresh air as Maggie, the leggy pretty one with alluring lingerie who works to live, while Toni Collette's Rose lives to work and wears her intelligence as though it is her only attribute. When Maggie looks in the mirror she sees dumb; Rose sees an unattractive fat girl. Neither girl feels good about herself. Each resents the other and they clash. It's not until Rose catches Maggie with her boyfriend that both girls are desperate enough to find a new life.

Curtis Hanson approaches this story about sibling rivalry and self worth with sharpness and vulnerability, as Maggie and Rose realise how important is their bond and the past they share. We know exactly where the story is heading when Rose opens the apartment door to Maggie's work colleague and boyfriend wearing nothing but a shirt and a little pair of knickers. From conservatively dressed lawyer to carefree dogwalker, Rose discovers there is more to life than work, and Maggie acquires confidence in the unlikely surroundings of a Florida retirement village under the shrewd, perceptive eye of her sprightly grandmother (Shirley MacLaine, marvellous) and a blind, retired English professor. It's the professor that allows Maggie to work through her dyslexia as she reads to him, and it's clear that the fact he spoke to his handsome doctor grandson about her, speaks volumes. For lovers of Muriel's Wedding, there's a flash of nostalgia.... but you will have to see the movie to know more.

In Her Shoes is warm and funny as we get sucked into the lives of these two individuals who are so different, but care enormously for each other. Conveniently their shoe size is the same and there's no doubt Imelda Marcos would be rightly impressed by Rose's staggering collection of stunning stilettos tucked away in her wardrobe.

There are three featurettes on the DVD including a glimpse into the retirement community where the residents became the extras.

Published February 8, 2006



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IN HER SHOES: DVD (M)
(US, 2005)

CAST: Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, Shirley MacLaine, Mark Feuerstein, Brooke Smith, Francine Beers, Richard Burgi, Ken Howard

PRODUCER: Lisa Ellzey, Carol Fenelon, Curtis Hanson, Ridley Scott

DIRECTOR: Curtis Hanson

SCRIPT: Susannah Grant (novel by Jennifer Weiner)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Terry Stacey

EDITOR: Lisa Zeno Churgin, Craig Kitson

MUSIC: Mark Isham

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Dan Davis

RUNNING TIME: 130 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: October 13, 2005

PRESENTATION: Widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: Three featurettes

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: February 8, 2006







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