Staff Picks #10: Laurel Canyon (2002)

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Plot: When an uptight young man and his fiancee move into his libertine mother’s house, the resulting clash of life attitudes shakes everyone up.

Why It’s A Staff Pick: Though I consider “Laurel Canyon” the lesser of brilliant writer-director Lisa Cholodenko’s three movies, the others being “High Art” and “The Kids Are All Right”, it’s still a very well-written and well-developed character study of a young couple being brought into this hedonistic lifestyle completely unlike their own. While the pacing and tone of this movie can be odd at times, the performances, especially from Christian Bale and even more especially from Frances McDormand, more than make up for it. Like I said, “Laurel Canyon” may not be as great as Cholodenko’s two other movies, but it is still well worth watching.

My Rating: 8.5/10

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