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  • Summary: Carter Webb (Brody), a screenwriter living in L.A., goes into a tailspin when he is dumped by his beautiful, movie-star girlfriend. He decides to go visit his sick grandmother (Dukakis) in Michigan to take stock of his life. Once there, Carter is pulled into the lives of a neighborhood woman (Ryan) and her two daughters (Stewart and Vega), who are going through some tough times of their own. (Warner Bros. Pictures) Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. 83
    Solid acting, especially from the women, and a few good Colin Farrell jokes make this familiar tale better than it probably should be.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    What gives In the Land of Women its singular charm is the charismatic Adam Brody, the star of TV's "The OC."
  3. The 27-year-old Kasdan displays an ability to bring a refreshing, human touch to what could be overly familiar material that echoes what his father did in films like "The Big Chill" and "Body Heat."
  4. This comedy drama is capably acted and undeniably touching in spots.
  5. 50
    In the Land of Women sounds like a piece of cheap science fiction about the last man on earth. If you're the lovelorn mother and daughter in Jonathan Kasdan's first movie, a grating romantic drama, that's painfully close to the truth.
  6. 50
    The picture is so gentle, it barely leaves an impression.
  7. Combines hugs and ''pain'' and dialogue so fakey-cute it makes your ears hurt.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Jun 18, 2014
    10
    Absolutely superb. This film is Kasdan through and through, though it be written and directed by a son of the great Lawrence Kasdan, Jon Kasdan. It is not a light romantic comedy, nor is it really a comedy, or even a "romance" per se. What it is is a good drama and well worth the Ten that I have given it! Expand
  2. ChadS.
    Apr 23, 2007
    7
    If "In the Land of the Women" wanted to put more distance between itself and Zach Braff's "Garden State", Carter Webb(Adam Brody) had to get happy in order for us to see if his relationships with Sarah(Meg Ryan) and Lucy(Kristen Stewart) would alter any. Braff's character had an everyman quality, but Carter is different; he's a chick magnet, a sad chick magnet, whose forces of hotness even when set at hangdog, manages to pull a mother and daughter irrevocably towards his lips. When Carter was dating Sofia(Elena Anaya), his hot Latina model-girlfriend, would he have deemed these Wolverine State gals as being below his station? Let's not forget that Carter Webb was born and bred in Los Angeles(his mother, played by JoBeth Williams seems a little snobby). Nevertheless, "In the Land of the Women" withstands the negation of a litmus test for Carter's actual persona, and the "Terms of Endearment"-like trick of reconciling a feuding mother and daughter, to earn the title of "Garden State"-lite replete with one inspired moment(hint: John Hughes' ouevre is mentioned and there's a payoff to the film's name-dropping). Expand
  3. BitBurn
    Oct 22, 2007
    7
    Methinks this was a cute film to watch with the wife on a Sunday night!
  4. BlancoA.
    Apr 23, 2007
    6
    It's a little movie, sure, but it's worth seeing. I'm glad I checked it out (with the "2" other people in the theater). Brody is solid in this role, and the writers didn't take the audience down the most predictable paths. [BTW: if you're from LA, the character probably went to Crossroads, which is a little interesting. Am I right J.K.?] Meg Ryan's character could have been fleshed out a bit more, but her relationship with the Brody character is really interesting. And while the teenage girl isn't totally believable, her anger & frustration with her mother is fleshed out well, and it services the conclusion of the film nicely. Oh yes, and Olympia Dukakis is a hoot. Expand
  5. OrdepZ.
    Apr 26, 2007
    4
    The trailers blow this movie to be somehting of a big heart warmer but in reality the blowing up did nothing for the movie. I was disapointed at Adrien Brody's performance. I mean I know he is young and what not but still there are people who are just his age and have the whole acting thing down pact. His performance in my opinon was the worst in the movie. Meg Ryan's character also was a bit out of place I didnt understand her, its almost as if her character didnt have any common sense. Well overall the movie was a disapointment even though it came out with good intentions I think there could have been a better performance overall. Expand
  6. Jan 29, 2014
    3
    Stay away from this movie, it is not good at all and its not often I will say that.
    If you are looking for a comedy don't watch it because I
    didn't find it funny at all
    I am giving it a 3 because Meg Ryan did a great job and that is it
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  7. SarahP.
    Apr 21, 2007
    1
    At least it's better than watching the OC. which doesn't say much but it does.