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in her shoes: toni collette, shirley maclaine, mark feuerstein, cameron diaz

so i was rewatching ‘in her shoes’ the other night and i got me thinking how underrated it was. actually, maybe underrated is the wrong word as it was quite well-reviewed but more underappreciated as very few people i mentioned it too had even seen it! to be sure, ‘in her shoes’ is AMAZING! it succeeds where so many chick flicks fail in that it has a very strong centre but doesn’t become overly gushy. it also doesn’t veer too strongly into ridiculousnous and steers clear of remaining completely fluffy. it is, in fact, perfectly balanced.

i mean, you kind of know it’s going to be good with toni collette and shirley maclaine but i would even argue that it’s cameron diaz’s best performance. ever. the whole film is just so rich and layered. i love it. and it is fantastically funny. my favourite line is when toni collette and brooke smith are coming home from a wedding shower at which toni has wielded a butcher knife at her mother-in-law. as brooke smith extricates herself from the car she states quite simply: ‘hands down best shower i’ve ever been to’ and closes the door. brilliant. there’s also a few brilliant poems in the film such as ‘one art’ by elizabeth bishop:

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.

–Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
the art of losing’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.

brilliant, obviously.

anyway, a brilliant film that you should watch. an underappreciated gem. i should really think about reading the book.

in her shoes: toni collette, camerson diaz

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