The Kasdan family of filmmakers has been busy lately. We learned this week that Lawrence Kasdan (The Big Chill, The Accidental Tourist) is scripting a remake of Clash of the Titans. His son Jake's film The TV Set was released in theaters earlier this month. And his son Jon Kasdan's feature writing/directing debut, In the Land of Women, opens this weekend. The title may sound vaguely like a Fifties science-fiction movie, but the film is actually a low-concept, low-key drama about a young man's encounters with a variety of ordinary women in one neighborhood.
In the Land of Women opens cute, with porn-movie screenwriter Carter (Adam Brody) being dumped by his gamine supermodel girlfriend Sofia (Elena Anaya) while young women approach her seeking autographs. Devastated, Carter decides he wants a change of scene, and since his grandmother Phyllis (Olympia Dukakis) claims to be dying, he travels from LA to Michigan to stay with her for awhile. Meanwhile, across the street from Phyllis's house, Sarah (Meg Ryan) has just discovered that she might have breast cancer, and breaks the news to her teenage daughter Lucy (Kristen Stewart). Carter gets to know both the mother and daughter, and provides a sounding board for their troubles, while also mourning his relationship with Sofia. Naturally, he gathers important life lessons, or at least good writing material, while also adding a little magic to their lives.