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  • Actors: Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, Shirley Maclaine, Mark Feuerstein, Robert Downey Jr.
  • Directors: Curtis Hanson
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Mar. 2006
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CR7IA6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,487 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Comedy drama about two sisters with nothing in common but size 8 and a half feet. Maggie (Cameron Diaz) and Rose (Toni Collette) Feller are both best friends and polar opposites when it comes to values, goals and personal style. Maggie is a party girl who barely graduated from high school, recycles jobs as quickly as yesterday's newspapers and believes her biggest asset is her attractiveness to the opposite sex. Her recurring state of unemployment leaves her virtually homeless as she bounces between the sofas of her friends and relatives. With no confidence in her intellectual ability, she prizes makeup over books and has an innate talent for choosing the perfect accessories and clothes for any occasion. Rose (Toni Collette) is a Princeton educated attorney at a top law firm in Philadelphia. Her beautifully decorated prewar apartment is her haven from the outside world. With her nose perpetually to the grindstone, she struggles constantly with her weight and never feels comfortable in the clothes she wears. Her low self esteem regarding her physical appearance has left her dating life non-existent. Rose's one joy in life is shoes (because they always fit), but unfortunately she has few social opportunities to remove them from her closet. After a calamitous falling out, the two sisters travel a bumpy road toward true appreciation for one another - aided along the way by the discovery of Ella (Shirley MacLaine), the maternal grandmother they thought was dead. Through their reconnection with their grandmother, Maggie and Rose learn how to make peace with themselves and with each other.

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In Her Shoes just gets better and better as it goes along. As adapted by Erin Brockovich screenwriter Susannah Grant, this is one of those rare movies that actually improves on its source material (Jennifer Weiner's "chick lit" bestseller), with thoughtful direction by Curtis Hanson, the L.A. Confidential Oscar-winner who approaches any chosen genre with Hawksian versatility.

At first it seems like Weiner's novel might yield a standard melodrama of sibling rivalry, but the polar opposition of smart, plain-looking Philadelphia lawyer Rose (the always-excellent Toni Collette) and her sexy, illiterate, irresponsible sister Maggie (Cameron Diaz) is just the starting point. In Her Shoes becomes a moving, richly developed character study that deals with painful loss, long-term guilt, negative self-image, and the discovery of a heretofore unknown grandmother named Ella (played with delicate nuance by Shirley MacLaine), whose re-entry into the sisters' lives sets the stage for the well-earned emotions of a satisfying reconciliation.

As Maggie takes stock of her dismal life while staying with Ella at a Florida "retirement home for active seniors," Hanson never condescends to these likable characters, and never goes for the easy laughs in a setting that could have devolved into Cocoon-like comedy. The movie's all the more endearing for treating its male characters (played by Mark Feuerstein, Ken Howard, and Richard Burgi) with equal depth and sympathy, further enhancing a classy tearjerker that viewers of both genders can thoroughly enjoy.-- Jeff Shannon

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CJR on 10 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
I've been surprised at the extremely mixed reviews for this film. Personally i loved it. It had the makings of being a sloppy chick flick but somehow just missed the mark, which i think is to its credit.

Toni Colette is an amazing actress, few are as adabtable as she is. She portrays Rose, the older, slightly uptight sister, perfectly - and i'd know, being the eldest of three girls!! Her character is normal and insecure and makes mistakes. Her love interest is also an interesting choice, as he's shorter than her and not the typical rom-com hunk! Again i feel this works to the films credit.

I like Cameron Diaz anyway, but in this she gave a really top notch performance. Despite playing the party girl, she gave her character Maggie a depth not often seen in her usual roles. It's interesting to see the change in Maggie as the film progresses and she learns to be self sufficient.

I may be biased as i have sisters, and can really relate to the very realistic relationship between Maggie and Rose, but i love this film.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Parlett on 17 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
Curtis Hanson wouldn’t be the most likely choice or the first to adapt the Jennifer Weiner novel about girls and shoes ‘In Her Shoes’. The dramatic comical tale of two sisters and how their lives differ after a harsh betrayal in the sisterhood. This at first glance isn’t the perfect material for the director of the violent testosterone driven ‘LA Confidential’. How wrong that initial thought is.
Toni Collette plays Rose, a work driven, frumpy and downright depressed lawyer. Cameron Diaz is Maggie, the opposite cliché, the free spirited party girl. Maggie is ever dependent on her sibling, but when she crosses the line when Rose finally hits the jackpot romantically, a painful feud and separation ensues.
Collette boasts her undisputable star power, as she brings new life to her superb character that could have been a daft stereotype in the hands of a less established actress. Rose is always looking out for her sister, considering job possibilities before her own personal indulgences. Collette portrays this element of her character deftly and powerfully. The murmurs of Best Actress Oscar just keep getting louder. Diaz is of a similar strength, avoiding the cliché in like Collette in her believable and poignant role.
Hanson moulds wonderful and unexplored elements of the family drama, intertwining the serious and amusing features into a genre type that switches between the sisters’ lives.
There is no violence present, yet certain parts of the frame can easily appeal to the male viewers (and no, not just Cameron Diaz in a skimpy bikini). On the surface, all the qualities that structure the chick flick are there, but internally, the film contains a brutal frankness
about it and snappy humour to entertain the boys.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bookbug on 5 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
My husband bought this as 'light entertainment' to distract me when I was ill - happily for me it turned out not to be your average 'chick flick' but a more of a lovely thought-provoking family drama with enough meat to keep you engaged but enough levity to keep you smiling.
Other posters here have done a great job describing the film so I will try to give hints to the depth of the story without spoiling it for you:

This film explores how two people who are totally different(the sisters Rose and Maggie-May), but born into the same family and exposed to the same tragedy deal with life and each other.
The question is explored: why do two people stick together through hurt, disappointment, exploitation and even betrayal?What is there that is greater and stronger than even your own irritation and unwillingness, that makes you hold on to another person, feel responsible for her and care for her well-being, when everything inside and outside of you is screaming at you to let go and run for the hills.
It warrants discussion, and this film attempts to push into the spotlight just how much hard work 'love' really is and how far it can sometimes be removed from that 'fluffy, pink, saccarine feeling' people expect it to invoke. How hard it is to 'get it right', because, a) everyone thinks they know how love should make them feel but few actually understand how that feeling is accompished and b) it is sometimes difficult to translate the love we feel in our heart into terms another can actually understand and feel loved by (= e.g.look out for the scene in the diner where the sisters morph verbally from friends to foes in a split second).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stampy on 5 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
It's a shame to see Cameron Diaz in gossip magazines, portrayed as some extravagant partying animal, she is known for her off screen performances nowadays when back in the days of Gangs of New York and My Best Friends Wedding she stole the public's eyes on screen, and this romantic drama does the same.

Diaz stars as Maggie, a sexy but lazy woman who wants adventure rather than face responsible reality, which is what her sister Rose (Toni Collette, Little Miss Sunshine) wants her to do. When things get too much for Rose, she throws her sister out, and now Maggie has no choice but to grow up.

In her shoes shows the ability to grow up and face the reality that none of us want to face, growing up, but in doing so, director Curtis Hanson portrays the two central protagonists as gentle and heart warming, making a slow drama become an ultimate joy to watch as the direction, acting and plot are simply superb.

the ending almost had me in tears it was so passionate and is in my top 5 dramas of all time, a definite watch!

9/10
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