Laurel Canyon


Flipping her straightlaced mumsy from Almost Famous, Frances McDormand lights up this indie drama as an aging hippy-chick producing an album in her LA studio while getting jiggy with the lead singer (Alessandro Nivola). Christian Bale plays her son Sam, whose fiancée (Kate Beckinsale) finds herself drawn to his mum's free-spirited rock'n'rolling. Then Sam himself becomes hooked on hospital co-worker Natasha McElhone...

These incestuous canoodlings play out in clumsy style, providing plenty of pretty things to look at but not much to grab on to. Still, at least you can play Guess McElhone's Accent whenever things get too sluggish. We reckon Venusian.

Film Details

  • 18
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: July 1st 2004

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