In Her Shoes

  • 12
  • Curtis Hanson (2005)
  • US / Ger / UK
  • 124 min
In Her Shoes
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Besides a taste for designer heels, Maggie (Cameron Diaz) and Rose (Toni Collette) are sisters who share little in common. It's a familiar set-up, with frumpy older sis playing mum to her footloose younger sibling - and there are no surprises in the casting - yet this offers something more than your average chick flick. Director Curtis Hanson (LA Confidential, 8 Mile) shows a surprising sensitivity to the oestrogen-fuelled conflict, nimbly balancing drama with moments of wicked humour. Collette turns in a reliably solid performance, while Diaz brings unexpected depth and warmth to a character whose transgressions include spitefully seducing her sister's boyfriend. Even so, the film belongs to Shirley MacLaine, who plays the sisters' long-lost grandmother with grit and an intriguing vulnerability. Credit should also go to screenwriter Susannah Grant for fleshing out an otherwise lightweight novel by Jennifer Weiner.

Plot Summary

Comedy drama based on the novel by Jennifer Weiner, starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine. Against her better judgement, Philadelphia lawyer Rose lets her wayward younger sister Maggie come and stay. But after she continually abuses Rose's hospitality, Maggie is thrown out and travels to Florida to seek out their long-lost grandmother.

Cast and crew

Cast

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 Beers
The Professor
Norman Lloyd
Lewis Feldman
Jerry Adler
Amy
Brooke Smith

Crew

Director
Curtis Hanson

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Guidance: 
Some swearing.
Available on DVD
Released 11 Nov 2005
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent
Categories
Comedy
Drama