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As with his earlier film [[Feature~V119009~The Joy Luck Club~thejoyluckclub]] (1993), Chinese director [[Performer~P115928~Wayne Wang~waynewang]] tackles mother-daughter relationships in this coming of age comedy-drama. [[Performer~P63158~Susan Sarandon~susansarandon]] stars as Adele August, a Bay City, Wisconsin, mother who longs for a more exciting and glamorous life in Beverly Hills, California. So she leaves her husband ([[Performer~P3439~Ray Baker~raffbaker]]) and packs her reluctant daughter Ann ([[Performer~P197461~Natalie Portman~natalieportman]]) into a gold Mercedes Benz, heading for L.A. When they arrive and move into an apartment they can't really afford, it becomes clear that Ann is the mature half of the duo, while Adele, a dreamer, is not firmly grounded in reality. Her plans include Ann's future career as an actress (a profession in which the girl has no interest) and landing a rich and handsome husband for herself, such as a dentist ([[Performer~P6971~Hart Bochner~hartbochner]]) who never calls Adele again after a one-night stand. When a family tragedy provokes a crisis between mother and daughter, the irresponsible Adele is forced to become a traditional mom for once. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:November 12, 1999

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Natalie Portman Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television 1999 Nominee

Cast

Susan Sarandon
as Adele August
Natalie Portman
as Ann August
Eileen Ryan
as Lillian
Ray Baker
as Ted
John Diehl
as Jimmy
Shawn Hatosy
as Benny
Bonnie Bedelia
as Carol
Caroline Aaron
as Gail Letterfine
Hart Bochner
as Josh Spitzer

Crew

Wayne Wang
Director
Laurence Mark
Producer
Mona Simpson
Book Author
Alvin Sargent
Screenwriter
Roger Deakins
Cinematographer
Danny Elfman
Composer (Music Score)
Nicholas C. Smith
Editor
Donald Graham Burt
Production Designer
Kevin Constant
Art Director
Petra Alexandria
Associate Producer
Ginny Nugent
Executive Producer
Barbara Munch
Set Designer
Betsy Heimann
Costume Designer
Joseph Geisinger
Sound/Sound Designer
Betsy Magruder
First Assistant Director
Victoria Thomas
Casting
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