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In Her Shoes (2005)

  Directed by: Curtis Hanson
Written by: Susannah Grant, Jennifer Weiner
Starring: Toni Collette, Cameron Diaz, Mark Feuerstein, Shirley MacLaine
Links: In Her Shoes on the IMDb, Official site, Buy the Book
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Just havin' fun" - a review by pearly

Rose (Toni Collette) is the serious older sister who works as a lawyer, and is looking for the perfect man to marry, but suffers a little from shyness, and feels frumpy and unattractive. Maggie (Cameron Diaz) is the gorgeous one who can get men to do whatever she wants - and does. She doesn't care about what she's going to be doing tomorrow, just so long as it doesn't negatively impact what she wants to be doing right now. The two are polar opposites, and about the only thing they have in common is an intense dislike of their stepmother.

The sisters have a kind of love-hate relationship, consisting of pushing each other's buttons, and openly picking on one another. It's not ideal, but it seems to work for them. But then, Maggie goes too far, and Rose kicks her out of her house, and out of her life - for good.

In Her Shoes is a feel good romantic comedy with ups and downs, and an ultimately uplifting conclusion. All of this is evident purely from watching the preview. What isn't clear, though, is whether or not these actors can make this film worthwhile. I've always been a big Collette fan, and wanted to check this one out purely because of her role in it, and she doesn't disappoint. She's a truly fantastic actor, and it's interesting to see her play this sort of character. While she could have blown the whole thing off and not really cared too much about the result, it looks like she has put some effort into this film.

On the whole, In Her Shoes is a fairly predictable film. Everyone learns a little something about themselves, and finishes up a slightly better person than when the whole thing started. There's nothing particularly mind blowing about any of it. No spectacular effects or innovative design or anything like that. But the film succeeds in its purpose, and is one of the better throwaway girly films that I have seen. Mark Feuerstein introduces himself as an unusual yet appealing male hearthrob, too.

pearly gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 19 Oct 2005

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