Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Minor lesbian content
Short Take: On the road to the perfect life, Sam & Alex took a little detour.
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Year: 2002
Duration: 103 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: R
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
Writer: Lisa Cholodenko
Starring: Frances McDormand, Christian Bale, Kate Beckinsale, Natascha McElhone, Alessandro Nivola, Lou Barlow, Russell Pollard, Imaad Wasif, Mickey Petralia, Melissa De Sousa, Alexandra Carter, Michelle DeMirjian, Rick Gonzalez, Dennis Howard, Catherine McGoohan

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Laurel Canyon

Newly graduated psychiatrist Sam and his fiancee Alex move to Los Angeles for Sam’s residency, into Sam’s mother’s house in upscale Laurel Canyon. Only problem is, Sam’s mother is still there, supposedly finishing up a record that she’s producing for the band of her new boy toy, Ian. She seems more interested in smoking pot and drinking than actually working, though. Alex doesn’t mind, but Sam is quite upset.

Alex starts off focused on her work (finishing a dissertation on genomics), but is soon distracted by the rock-‘n-roll lifestyle going on around her. Meanwhile, Sam is equally distracted by beautiful Israeli intern Sara. (CJ)