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Friday, April 20, 2007


Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2007 at 8:43 AM

I've been accused lately of having a soft spot for romantic comedies, chick flicks, date movies, whatever you want to call them.  That's because I found myself defending the merits of "The Lake House" a film written by Arkansan David Auburn (I did trashed "Catch & Release" in the Arkansas Times).  The point of this disclosure is that I want Jonathan Kasdan's directorial debut "In the Land of Women" to work.  It stars Adam Brody and Meg Ryan and involves a young boy involved with both mother and daughter.  Yes, we saw this sort of thing decades ago when Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katherine Ross took the screen in "The Graduate." 


I would have seen Kasdan's film regardless of the reviews, but I'm somewhat encouraged that I might actually enjoy it.  Kenneth Turan of the LA Times writes, "With elements like the specter of fatal illness and emotional moments in the pouring rain, "In the Land of Women" can seem predictable at times. But it is more frequently refreshing in the way it deals with what could easily seem fatally old hat. This is a film that tries, with more than usual success, to be both commercial and honest, calculating and emotional."  Rex Reed of The New York Observer notes, "in his feature-film-directing debut, writer-director Jonathan Kasdan chronicles the somewhat conventional encounters of an aspiring writer named Carter Webb (the excellent Adam Brody) with a variety of women who affect his life in unconventional ways. Remarkable in its subtlety, restraint and maturity of vision, it sneaks up on you with stealthy fingers and steals your heart away."  Desson Thompson of The Washington Post observes, ""In the Land of Women" feels like an eccentric but compelling memoir -- which, in a way, it is."



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