In the Land of Women Reviews
The meek, mopey comedy In the Land of Women is the film equivalent of a sensitive emo band with one foot in alternative rock and the other in the squishy pop mainstream: a softer, fuzzier Garden State.
Why make a garrulous movie about people in crisis if Olympia Dukakis winds up muzzled? Of all the troubled gabbers in Kasdan's film, the prickliest and most proficient is wasted in a few brief scenes.
Kasdan is the son of director Lawrence Kasdan. So while he should know better, he can be forgiven his many rookie errors. Why? Because in creating Carter and getting nuanced work from Brody, he has shown promise.
This comedy drama is capably acted and undeniably touching in spots, although less than two weeks after seeing it, I can remember having been undeniably touched but not much else.
An admirable first effort and likely to be enjoyed by women who wouldn't mind meeting that good-looking, self-effacing young man, and men who may be under the illusion that they in some way resemble him.
it is amazing to discover just how much this absorbing, intelligent picture has going for it: a strong sense of time and place, interesting characters, painfully sincere direction and an intriguing scenario that pauses and breathes in all the right places