• Laurel Canyon (2002)

Laurel Canyon

Release Date: 2002

DVD Release Date: July 15th, 2003

R |1 hr 41 min

Plot Summary

Sam (Christian Bale) and his fiancée, Alex (Kate Beckinsale), move to Los Angeles for the summer to stay at the luxurious house of his mother, Jane (Frances McDormand), while she's away. But Jane, a hip record producer, has not left yet because she's still working on a project with her British musician boyfriend, Ian (Alessandro Nivola). Sam and Alex feel the pull of Jane's fast-paced, decadent lifestyle, and their relationship starts to fray when they get involved with other people.

Cast: Frances McDormand, Christian Bale, Kate Beckinsale, Natascha McElhone, Alessandro Nivola, Marcus Ashley, Lou Barlow, Marie Blanco

Director: Lisa Cholodenko

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Sony Pictures Classics, Antidote Films, Good Machine

Keywords: Pursuit, Emotional, Love, Relationships, 2000s, Mother, Touching, Son, Hotel, Family, Love triangle, Los Angeles, Temptation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Cholodenko takes us inside a bohemian hive where everyone buzzes around the Queen Bee. McDormand is superb. Likewise Bale and Nivola. show more

  • 75
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    The story of Laurel Canyon doesn't ultimately live up to the technical polish Cholodenko brings to it, but it's worth a visit if you want to check out the latest emotional vibes emanating from the Hollywood Hills. show more

  • 75
    Loren KingChicago Tribune

    Laurel Canyon itself feels musical: languid, rich in color and light, and deliciously sensual. show more

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