In the Land of Women

2007

In the Land of Women

Critics Consensus

While pleasantly acted, In the Land of Women is a dramatically stilted film with underdeveloped characters.

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52%

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User Ratings: 100,781
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A man having trouble with women suddenly finds himself surrounded by them in this independent comedy drama. Carter Webb (Adam Brody) is a successful writer who has fallen into an emotional tailspin after his girlfriend, well-known actress Sophia (Elena Anaya), breaks up with him. When Carter learns that his grandmother (Olympia Dukakis) is in failing health, he decides to leave California and return to his hometown of Detroit to help take care of her and beginning work on his long-planned novel. As Carter spends time with his grandmother, he becomes friendly with her neighbors -- mom Sarah Hardwicke (Meg Ryan) and her two daughters, angst-ridden teen Lucy (Kristen Stewart) and precocious 11-year-old Paige (Makenzie Vega). As Sarah attempts to deal with a pressing personal crisis and Carter begins sorting out his relationship issues, he discovers that sometimes what feels like the end is actually just a new beginning. In the Land of Women was the first directorial project for actor and screenwriter Jon Kasdan, the son of writer and director Lawrence Kasdan.

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Cast

Adam Brody
as Carter Webb
Meg Ryan
as Sarah Hardwicke
Makenzie Vega
as Paige Hardwicke
Kristen Stewart
as Lucy Hardwicke
Elena Anaya
as Sofia Buñuel
Clark Gregg
as Nelson Hardwicke
JoBeth Williams
as Agnes Webb
Dustin Milligan
as Eric Watts
Elise Gatien
as Tiffany
Kelsey Keel
as Teenage Girl
Karin Konoval
as Dr. Ida Rosen
Danielle Savre
as Teenage Girl
Robert Reinis
as Avi Rosenberg
Graham Wardle
as Gabe Foley
Jeff Cunningham
as Howard Portchnik
Tamara Lovegrove
as Party Girl
Ilyse Mimoun
as Nelson's Assistant
Angus
as Bozo
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  • May 01, 2011
    I liked it, everyone in it, and it's realistic story.
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2010
    Sort've light, sort've intelligent, sort've good. It mainly rides on the performances of Adam Brody, Kristen Stewart and Meg Ryan. The latter two definitely make this as good as it is, while Adam Brody basically just plays a variation of Seth Cohen from The O.C. So the mother/daughter storyline works extremely well, as does their shared time with Adam Brody. However, his time spent alone is utterly worthless and cheesy.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2010
    Guess my expectations were too high. I was intrigued throughout, with the good cast and different type of storyline, but got lost somewhere through and didn't like the ending. Adam Brody and Kristen Stewart had amazing chemistry though. Loved that much.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2010
    6.4/10~ Devastated over his breakup with his girlfriend, Carter Webb (Adam Brody) leaves L.A. to stay with his wacky Grandma in her suburban Detroit home, across the street from the Hardwicke family. Carter Webb is a young soft-core porn writer who resides in California. Along the way he forms a special bond with the family that lives across from his Grandma, and changes the life of each woman. In the course of this, as is required in every film--and thus the world, he changes his own life as well. He meets the Hardwickes who live next door, the mother (Meg Ryan), the teenager (Kristen Stewart), and the little girl, and they change each others lives forever. As Carter struggles to reconcile his own inner conflicts, he is drawn into the pains and loves of the Hardwicke women -- all of whom, in their way, fall in love with Carter, and all of whom, in their way, help him find his way back. So, is this just another Hollywood romantic flick & the plot that we have seen several times! Not really. This one's definitely something different (the story) than the rest other romantic flicks. The first half of the movie is quite sweet & the second half has some emotional moments. The performances by everyone is quite good. Adam Brody is wonderful, he comes to the big screen with nice performance. Kristen Stewart was fine & so was Meg Ryan. The songs during the movie are okay. Direction Jon Kasdan is soulful, it does touches your soul during various moments in the movie. But, the movie lacks a strong climax, of course the climax could have been presented in a better way to, but never-mind, the director had thought of something different. Nice romantic stuff.
    Abhilash S Super Reviewer

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