In this portrait of a tumultuous mother-daughter
relationship, a woman with big dreams moves herself and her daughter from a small
Wisconsin town to Beverly Hills. With Susan Sarandon, Natalie Portman, Eileen Ryan, Ray
Baker, John Diehl, Shawn Hatosy, Bonnie Bedelia, Caroline Aaron, Hart Bochner, Ashley
Johnson, Mia Korf, Heather McComb, Faran Tahir, Alicia Leigh Willis and Rachel Wilson. [1:54]
SEX/NUDITY 4 - Several instances of sexual innuendo (including a veiled
reference to cunnilingus and teens mildly talking about sexual encounters) and a kiss
(also, in one scene, a man kisses a woman's fingers in a close-up shot). A boy talks
about girls' breasts and a boy tells a girl he wants to kiss her (he describes the
act in detail). A girl tells a boy to undress; he does, down to his boxers, and then they
embrace as the scene ends. We see a woman in several cleavage-revealing outfits, many
people in bathing suits at the beach, a woman wearing only a sweatshirt (we glimpse her
panties a couple of times) and a photo of a girl wearing an undershirt and panties.
VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - We briefly see two kids shoving each other. A slap and a
scuffle. A girl repeatedly slams her purse against a wall in anger. We learn someone died
and see people crying at the funeral. Several scenes of yelling; a man walks toward a
woman while he's yelling at her and another man holds him back.
PROFANITY 3 - An anatomical reference, a few scatological references, some
mild obscenities (plus some wordplay with the word "dam") and an insult. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Mother-daughter relationships, abandonment, sacrifice,
neurotic behavior, death of a loved one, teen smoking, teen sexuality.
MESSAGE - Mothers can be irrational and unpredictable, but in the end
they'll do anything for their daughters; parents have to let their adult children
make their own decisions, no matter how painful that may be.