In Her Shoes—Even
Better if They’re Strappy,
by The Blonde and
Curtis Hanson (8 Mile and Adaptation) brings yet
another wonderful story to life with his direction of In
Her Shoes. Staying true to the tone of the novel by
Jennifer Weiner, Curtis manages to take us into the
turbulent relationship of two sisters.
sister is a responsible, stable and frumpy adult who
does everything right. The other sister is an
irresponsible, beautiful thief who can’t hold down a job
for more than a month. Cameron Diaz (Charlie’s Angels
and Gangs of New York) is the beautiful Maggie. Her
greatest talent is her ability to get a guy to pay for
her drinks (THIS COULD BE BIG IN MANY CULTURES)! Her day
begins and ends with only thoughts of herself. Toni
Collette (Connie and Carla and The Hours) is Rose, a
hard-working attorney who, despite disapproving of
younger sister Maggie’s immoral ways, still shows up
each and every time to get her out of trouble. However,
Maggie really tests Rose’s love when she betrays her!
Rose kicks her out of her apartment, as well as her
life, leaving Maggie with nowhere to go. Before Maggie
was forced to leave dad Michael Feller’s home, by
step-mom Sydelle, she found numerous letters from a
here-to-fore unknown grandmother. Delighted to find
someone new to manipulate, Maggie travels to Deerfield
Beach, Florida to meet Ella, who is played by “THE”
Shirley MacLaine (Guarding Tess and Steel Magnolias).
Once there, a very shrewd Ella refuses to be manipulated
and starts Maggie off on a journey of self-discovery,
which includes a REAL job. Meanwhile, Rose, who is
without a sister to take care of, also has her own
journey to take. Along the way, she re-discovers HERSELF
and gains a fiancé (NOW THAT’S A WIN-WIN)!
By the time the two sisters meet up again,
you will have met some wonderful people on screen that
you would like to have over for a knosh. Mrs. Lefkowitz,
played by Francine Beers (Keeping the Faith and Sticky
Fingers), is delightful as Ella’s good friend. Jerry
Adler (Thirty Days and Six Ways to Sunday) plays Lewis
Feldman, a suitor of Ella’s and a gentleman, to boot!
Although predictable, the emotional
truth’s this film evokes makes the trek worthwhile. Go
and enjoy this film!
The Blonde: What a
simply delightful film! I was kvelling the whole time I
was watching. In Her Shoes was like Must Love Dogs meets
Hanging Up meets Hannah and Her Sisters meets The Golden
Girls! This film once again shows us all that the whole
meaning of life IS ABOUT SHOES! Yes, indeed the whole
purpose in life is the shoes we choose. Even the Indians
say you can’t judge a man until you spend a day in his
(or her) shoes. Now, I have nothing against the Indians,
in fact I like them a lot. However, I don’t want to
spend a day in their shoes. I don’t particularly fancy
moccasins! I wouldn’t enjoy sleeping in a tee-pee
either! I find them too hot and cramped. ANWAY, this
film was a joy to watch, not only for its very realistic
and funny script, but for its magnificently stellar
The Maven: I love moccasins! They
are so soft and comfortable. However, I can’t walk a
mile anymore, no matter what shoe I wear! I have to say,
Cameron Diaz more than proved she could carry a movie. I
didn’t like Maggie, but eventually seeing her through
her sister’s eyes, I came to understand her. Cameron was
able to portray beautiful on the outside and ugly on the
inside with absolute expertise. I’ve always felt that,
if I couldn’t picture anyone else in a role, then that
role was played perfectly. Cameron achieved it in this
film. Her character had to go through the most growth,
and it was sometimes difficult to watch with any
sympathy for her.
The Blonde: I love Toni
the actress who played Rose. I fell in like with her in
the film, Muriel’s Wedding. She was also perfect for
this film. Her ‘under-the-top’ performance and her
storyline made us all identify and fall in love with
her. I feel, unlike the Mav, that her character had to
go through just as much growth and transition as
Maggie’s, just differently. But, SHE GOT MY GUY! She got
Simon. I just loved the character Simon, played by Mark
Feuerstein. I WANT SIMON, THE CHARACTER, IN MY LIFE!
What a bubala! Maggie’s character, on the other hand,
had MANY issues, and therefore was the unlikable
character. Stay with her though, moviegoers, as she too
will grow on you! At the end, you are almost rooting for
her. Cameron was wonderful, but she always is. The
professor was also a delicious character. He will remind
you of people you have met in your own life!
Story continued on bottom
Maven: I was a big fan of “St. Elsewhere” and was very
happy to see Norman Lloyd as the professor. He probably
did more for Maggie than anyone could have, because he
helped her get past her biggest secret and shame. What
are the chances of finding someone or something like
that at just the right moment in life?
Blonde: Hey, it happens, just like I found Manolo
Blahnik shoes at the right time in my life (thanks to
“Sex and the City”). I now, too, understand the meaning
of life. Mav, you need to pick up a pair or two to give
your world more meaning.
The Maven: Oh
good, now I know what do look for at my next trip to
The Blonde: Oh my dear, sweet
Maven, they don’t sell them there. Nothing against
The Maven: What, are they
more than $10.95 and the second pair half
The Blonde: You get what you pay for
in life! It’s your SOUL, Mav! It’s your quality of life.
Didn’t this film teach you anything? Hello, in her
The Maven: Yes, I learned that you
should never wear Jimmy Choos’ heels in the snow! I also
learned that you can repair a heel with
The Blonde: Wait a minute, you found
Jimmy Choo shoes at Payless?
The Maven: NO…
I just said not to wear them in the
The Blonde: IT DOESN’T SNOW IN BOCA!
You are hopeless! Anyway, not only did Rose get Simon,
she also had THE FINEST SHOE COLLECTION SINCE CARRIE IN
“SEX AND THE CITY!” Maggie did, however, have excellent
taste in STEALING shoes! Moving along, I HATED the
step-mom more than the one in Cinderella, which teaches
us all another lesson about life and shoes! YUK, WHAT A
DISPICABLE FITCH! She is responsible for giving
step-moms everywhere a bad name!
I would like to know where wonderful dad is when
step-mom was being so superior and insulting. I
understand about keeping the peace, but someone (dad)
should have muzzled Sydelle long ago. Maybe she was a
size 8 wearing a size 6 shoe throughout the film. That
would explain her pinched look all the time! That and
all her hairspray!
The Blonde: Funny! I
love Shirley MacLaine—her many talents AND her
spiritually! She always finds a way to stay on top. Her
acting is original and flawless. She makes her audience
identify with every role she plays. Shirley is just SO
FINE, not to mention her face lights up the big screen.
I am NOT a big fan of her whole shoe collection, though.
Too many practical shoes! Speaking of practical, Tom
Cruise and Love Ka-Ka-Ka Katie Holmes are pregnant! They
thought it more practical to skip the expense of
marriage and a wedding and just have a child instead! To
coin an old song, “Where Have All the Morals
The Maven: UH, I think the song was,
“Where Have All the Flowers Gone”! Times have changed
and PLEASE, like you are such a virgin?
Blonde: Ya never let anything slide! Ya never let
anything go, do ya Mav?
Maven: Hey, I said nothing about your outfit and shoes
this week at the movies! Not one word!
Blonde: DON’T even think of going near my shoes!
The Maven: First of all, for me to walk in
your size 6 shoes would be a miracle, not to mention
your 5 inch heels! However, if you need to borrow my
moccasins, feel free. I’m sure it would be a hoot to see
you shuffling along in my size 9’s. Going back to your
Shirley MacLaine comment, there IS NOTHING WRONG WITH
PRACTICAL SHOES EITHER! About Tom and Katie, I think I
am Katie and Tom-ed OUT! I can’t help but wonder why Tom
feels such a need to display his relationship so openly.
Perhaps he thinks he needs to diminish those old pesky
rumors. Or, if he just wants to stick it to Nicole.
Either way, I’VE HAD ENOUGH! What I didn’t get enough of
was the friendships and goings on at the retirement
center in this film. Those people, briefly met, were
very interesting and very familiar.
Blonde: They were precious and colorful characters! My
mother would love them all in real life! In addition to
the perfect casting and great performances, I thought
this movie was terrific because of its complex and deep
story that is filled with challenging, entangled, and
rich relationships of love. IT WAS HONEST! Speaking of
honest, I WANT SIMON! I LOVED THE CHARACTER, SIMON! If
there are any Simons out there, call ENTNEWS and ask for
Maven: WARNING to all of you SIMONS out there thinking
of contacting our beloved BLONDE…she doesn’t shop at
Payless, NEVER! EVER! NEVER WILL! Remember I warned you!
The Blonde: Don’t listen, SIMONS! CALL ME!
I am so proud of Diane Keaton. She is hanging with Keanu
Reeves. They met making the film Something’s Gotta Give.
I guess dating the WAY YOUNGER GUY THING is in! Not a
minute too soon, may I add! Mav, have you heard all the
dish on Kate Moss and her drug charges. That girl should
be arrested for KILLING her career alone!
The Maven: Okay, where did you get that
info on Diane and Keanu?
The Blonde: I have
my sources! It’s my gossip, I’m spreadin it, and I’m
stickin to it!
The Maven: Leaving The
Blonde with her secret sources, there are NO surprises
in this movie. However, the acting is brilliant, as is
the warmth and realism of each character. Bring some
tissue for the endearing scenes and be prepared to hate
Cameron for her most perfect behind. Although more women
will enjoy this film, please guys, give it a chance. You
may learn something. I rate this gem a B+ for its bona
fide depiction of a true, positive and loving sisterly
relationship. It’s also a good excuse to go get some new
shoes since we are on the subject!
Blonde: This film is a treat for all ages. But, if you
are over 50, living in a Florida luxury retirement condo
for active seniors and have grandchildren, you will
ESPECIALLY glee for over 2 hours. This is one of those
cases where you go out to the movies wanting to love a
film and YOU DO! I rate In Her Shoes a B+! It is scaring
me that the Maven and I are agreeing ON RATINGS so much
lately! For your movie snacks, go ahead and have some
Almond Joy candy to go with the joy you will have
watching this film.
P.S. Wear your best
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