LAUREL CANYON

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Release Date: March 07, 2003

Starring: Frances McDormand, Christian
Bale, Kate Beckinsale,
Alessandro Nivola, and
Natascha McElhone

Genre: Drama

Audience: Adults REVIEWER: Dr. Tom
Snyder LAUREL CANYON depicts
what happens when Sam, a young
psychological intern, brings
his fiancée, Alex, also a
medical school grad student,
to Los Angeles to live in his
mother's cozy house in the
hills. Much to Sam's dismay,
his mom, Jane, is still
working on an album at the
house with her young lover
from England, Ian, and his
rock band. Alex finds herself
attracted to Jane and Ian's
bohemian lifestyle, while Sam
becomes engrossed in his work
at a psychiatric ward,
including the beautiful
foreign intern, Sara. Sam
remains chaste but becomes
enraged when he learns that
Ian and Jane seduced Alex into
a couple of three-way sexual
affairs. Although the mother
eventually becomes chagrined
at the awful way she's
behaved, and tries to put a
stop to it, she does so too
late. Of course, this is an
extremely sleazy story, and
the writer and director
obviously enjoys her freedom
in pushing the boundaries of
good taste. Her humanist,
pagan outlook offers viewers
no spiritual solution to the
temptations her characters
face. In fact, it actually
makes those temptations quite
attractive at times. Also,
while Alex and Jane pull back
from their irresponsible
sexual experimentation, Sam is
left re-considering whether he
should leave Alex for Sara
after all. Although LAUREL
CANYON offers highly talented
performers like Frances
McDormand and Christian Bale
as the mother and son, no
amount of great acting can
make up for the kind of sleazy
material contained in this
movie. Only people with warped
hearts will enjoy watching
such material. Please address
your comments to: Michael
Barker, Tom Bernard & Marcie
Bloom Co-Presidents Sony
Pictures Classics 550 Madison
Avenue, 8th Floor New York, NY
10022 Phone: (212)
833-8833 Web Page:
www.spe.sony.com

Rating: R

Runtime: 101 minutes

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Director: Lisa Cholodenko

Executive Producer:

Producer: Susan A. Stover and Jeffrey
Levy-Hinte EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:
Scott Ferguson

Writer: Lisa Cholodenko

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Content:

(HH, PaPaPa, HoHo, LLL, V, SSS, NN, AA, DDD, MM) Strong humanist worldview, with no God or religion to help people overcome their temptations, plus seductions and dangers of hedonistic pagan lifestyle full of booze, marijuana and sexual immorality, including homosexual bisexuality, depicted; about 70 mostly strong obscenities, seven strong profanities and eight light profanities, some of which are blasphemous; scuffle and son punches his mother when he learns that she seduced his girlfriend; extreme sexual immorality includes fornication, oral sex, man considers cheating on his live-in girlfriend, older woman and her young lover seduce woman's potential daughter-in-law, and lesbian kissing; upper female nudity, rear nudity and upper male nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; tobacco smoking and lots of marijuana use condoned; and, lying and graduate student lets herself get seduced by lazy, hedonistic rock lifestyle.

GENRE: Drama

HH

PaPaPa

HoHo

LLL

V

SSS

NN

AA

DDD

MM

Summary:

LAUREL CANYON depicts what happens when a man's mother and her young lover seduce his fiancée. This drama contains extremely sleazy material that subtracts from any possible redemptive qualities that viewers might see in it.

Review:

LAUREL CANYON depicts what happens when Sam, a young psychological intern, brings his fiancée, Alex, also a medical school grad student, to Los Angeles to live in his mother's cozy house in the hills. Much to Sam's dismay, his mom, Jane, is still working on an album at the house with her young lover from England, Ian, and his rock band. Alex finds herself attracted to Jane and Ian's bohemian lifestyle, while Sam becomes engrossed in his work at a psychiatric ward, including the beautiful foreign intern, Sara. Sam remains chaste but becomes enraged when he learns that Ian and Jane seduced Alex into a couple of three-way sexual affairs.

Although the mother eventually becomes chagrined at the awful way she's behaved, and tries to put a stop to it, she does so too late. Of course, this is an extremely sleazy story, and the writer and director obviously enjoys her freedom in pushing the boundaries of good taste. Her humanist, pagan outlook offers viewers no spiritual solution to the temptations her characters face. In fact, it actually makes those temptations quite attractive at times. Also, while Alex and Jane pull back from their irresponsible sexual experimentation, Sam is left re-considering whether he should leave Alex for Sara after all.

Although LAUREL CANYON offers highly talented performers like Frances McDormand and Christian Bale as the mother and son, no amount of great acting can make up for the kind of sleazy material contained in this movie. Only people with warped hearts will enjoy watching such material.

Please address your comments to:

Michael Barker, Tom Bernard & Marcie Bloom

Co-Presidents

Sony Pictures Classics

550 Madison Avenue, 8th Floor

New York, NY 10022

Phone: (212) 833-8833

Web Page: www.spe.sony.com

SUMMARY: LAUREL CANYON depicts what happens when a man's mother and her young lover seduce his fiancée. This drama contains extremely sleazy material that subtracts from any possible redemptive qualities that viewers might see in it.

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