|Reviewed on 2007-04-30|
|Received||[3.5] out of 4 stars|
|Genre||Comedy / Drama / Romance|
| Do you want to see a movie that gives you the brutal truth about life, than In the Land of Women is the one to see. This film surrounds Carter Webb (Adam Brody); a young writer from Los Angeles who is left heartbroken after his longtime girlfriend breaks up with him. Carter decides he needs to get away from the hustle & bustle of LA. What better way than to escape to Grandmaís house in beautiful Detroit, Michigan. Soon after arriving Carter befriends neighbor Sarah Hardwicke (Meg Ryan). The two confide in each other about there failing relationship. Sarahís husband has been having an affair, and unbeknownst to him Sarah knows all about it. And to top that off Sarah is now sick. She has breast cancer, which she does not immediately divulge to Carter but over time she eventually opens up to him about it.
Also in the equation is Lucy Hardwicke (Kristen Stewart), who is the teen daughter of Sarah. We soon see the mother-daughter relationship is not a healthy one. Lucy catches the eye of Carter the new neighbor. Soon after meeting Carter, Sarah urges her daughter to hang out with him, claiming he has no friends here. Carter can relate to Lucy as he remembers his previous years in high school and tries to give her advice on life as a teenager. Lucy begins to become attracted to Carter, but she is not the only one as Sarah, her mother is as well.
Carter can only handle so much of these womenís affection before it overwhelms him. At one point both women steal a kiss from him. But it is obvious in the end that these moments of affection are there way of dealing with life and the downside they are experiencing at the moment. Sarah trying to get over her husbandís adultery and her cancer kisses Carter to feel wanted, and Lucy is a confused teenager who thinks Carter is the one, but she learns that she was wrong.
This movie contained a lot of comical lines, which I expected in a film having Adam Brody in it. He is a natural at adding in his own one-liners to show some humor. Despite Adamís glorious performance, the show stealer was Olympia Dukakis, who portrayed Grandma Webb, who was hilarious in every scene. From claiming she was dying every second to answering the front door with no pants. She stole the show for me. This movie was heartfelt and the acting was superb.
Review By: Jolene Mendez