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Laurel Canyon

HD   R Closed Captioning

Lisa Cholodenko

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About the Movie

Academy Award® winner Frances McDormand (Almost Famous, Fargo) stars in the sexy and witty story of a hard-living, free-thinking, rock-and-roll record producer who finds herself unexpectedly sharing a house with her straight-laced son and his super-conservative bride- to-be. Written and directed by Lisa Cholodenko (award- winning director of High Art) and also starring Christian Bale (American Psycho), Kate Beckinsale (Pearl Harbor), Natascha McElhone (Solaris) and Alessandro Nivola (Jurassic Park III).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 110
  • Fresh: 75
  • Rotten: 35
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: An engaging, entertaining glimpse into the lives of musicians nestled in the titular Hollywood Hills enclave. – Loren King, Chicago Tribune, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: A flawed but smart independent film whose virtues outweigh its flaws, and whose virtues are distinct. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: [A] tame exercise in hedonism and self-discovery. – Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: If there is one reason to see Laurel Canyon, it's to witness McDormand in the kind of role she's long deserved. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Jul 16, 2008

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Customer Reviews

A Fantastic Find...

A film that is both comedic yet something that definately makes you question where you are at in life. Christian Bale and Kate Beckinsale both give passionate, truthful representations of two people trying to figure out themselves and their relationship, whilst Frances McDormand leads the cast with a wonderful and hilarious performance. The film is guided by an ingenious soundtrack and the scripting is edgy but beautiful. Enjoy.

Not as bad as come would say

This film was certainly not as bad as avantmom suggests by her review. I would have liked to have heard what in particular she disliked about the movie. It couldn't have been the production values, and I'm thinking it must have been the portrayal of certain lifestyles and the exploration of themes that turned her off. I would have thought that anyone who disliked a movie would back up their dislike with concrete and specific details. Although I didn't agree with the life choices some of these people had made and I wouldn't want to live the sort of life portrayed in the film, I recognize it as a smart movie that presents the universal problem of how one deals with one's origins and becomes their own person. The script is smart, the acting is well-executed, and the film has something to say. It's worth the rental if anything.

I loved this movie!

This is a great movie, the actors in this flim did a superb job. I am a huge Christian Bale fan and he always seems to be amazing in all the films he is in. He is not a one dimensional actor like a majority of the actors now a days. I highly reccomend this film you will be delighted!

Laurel Canyon
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2003

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