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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] (2hr 5min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): In Her Shoes c/o The Lot, Scott Free Productions, Deuce Three Productions, Fox 2000 Pictures
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.
Director(s): Curtis Hanson
Producer(s): Lisa Ellzey, Carol Fenelon, Curtis Hanson, Ridley Scott, , Tony Scott, Jo Winkler, Mari-Jo Winkler
Novel: Jennifer Weiner
Screnplay: Susannah Grant
Cinematography/Camera: Terry Stacey
Music: Mark Isham
Film Editing: Lisa Zeno Churgin, Craig Kitson
Casting: David Rubin
Production Design: Dan Davis
Art Direction: Jesse Rosenthal, John Warnke, John Wildermuth Jr.
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
In a parting of the ways, Maggie Feller (Cameron Diaz) becomes the jobless, liberal and flippant type, living off of men and anyone else who will let her while her sister Rose (Toni Collette) turns to the conservative lifestyle as a responsible lawyer. Both live in Philadelphia.
Through a string of mishaps and poor decisions, Maggie seeks refuge and support from her sister Rose. In this part of their relationship, Maggie reveals her true colors -- dependency on others, on anybody who will give her things. Maggie has never learned to provide for herself. Soon, Rose finds it hard to tolerate Maggie gleefully soaking up Rose's excess and yet Maggie feeling she has done nothing wrong [Prov. 30:20].
Fed up with being held accountable by Rose, Maggie runs off to live with (sponge off of) her never-met grandmother, Ella Hirsch (Shirley MacLaine) in Florida. Soon Ella molds Maggie into a slightly more responsible and accountable young lady. All the while, with her heels firmly dug in, Ella fully realizes Maggie is sponging off her but uses Maggie's dependency on others to refine Maggie's very character. A role that would seem most atypical of MacLaine's reported lifestyle.
Rose discovered her job with the law firm was sponging on her, too. Her life was being consumed out from under her. No social life at all. No relationships with any man. No joy to come home to. In a twist of chance Rose finds herself becoming a dog walker and makes a bang out of such a job. It can happen only in the movies.
But one other discovery was that one of the lawyers from Rose's old law firm, Simon Stein (Mark Feuerstein) was secretly existing to have even a glimpse of Rose each day. Once Rose got out from under the restrictions of "co-worker" protection, Mark found the drive to let Rose know how he felt. Most reluctant and disbelieving that such a man would be interested in her at all, Rose did what she could to dissuade Mark. To no avail. He was like the little puppy. The one that won't leave you alone as soon as you pay the slightest attention to it. And that was good. For Rose and Mark. And Maggie.
Maggie matured enough to tackle life, in her sister's shoes.
There is a lot more to the story but it is not my job to spoil the whole movie but to tell you, mom/dad, what you might want to know before you let your young teens set down before this, yet another childhood-stealing R-13 film.
Typical of R-rated films, the PG-13 In Her Shoes presents many uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [2 Tim. 2:16 - 17] plus God's name in vain including His name with the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11]. There were enough demonstrations of sexually immoral behavior and imagery, including intercourse, to drain the Sexual Immorality investigation area score to zero out of a starting 100 [Gal. 5:19, 1 Thess. 4:3, Col 3:5]. Drinking and drunkenness, though not thick as molasses in January, were present. [Eph. 5:18].
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
(The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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