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At Theaters: 11/12/1999 On Video: 5/2/2000
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 54 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 049914
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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Fleeing small-town boredom, a restless mother drags her reluctant teenage daughter to Beverly Hills and a new and sometimes difficult life. Adjusting to their new environs and ever-changing relationship, mother and daughter struggle together. They finally reach an understanding as the daughter prepares to leave for college.

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Comedy Drama - Anywhere But Here is a comedy-drama about a single mother and her teenage daughter. The most receptive audience is likely to be women who recall their own contentious relationships with their mothers, and who identify with these characters. Fans of Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman may also be interested for their performances. Younger viewers and male viewers may find the film too slow and too different from their experiences; the premise may also feel similar to films like Mermaids about quirky parents.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Susan Sarandon (Illuminata)
Natalie Portman (Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
Hart Bochner (High School High)
Shawn Hatosy (Outside Providence)
Director: Wayne Wang (Blue in the Face)
Producer: Laurence Mark (Jerry Maguire)
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Behind The Scenes
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Moderately strong and infrequent
SEX/NUDITY: Some suggestive sexual conversations
VIOLENCE: None
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: A few scenes of characters drinking alcohol
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Some character-based humor
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Above Average
I knew Anywhere But Here couldn't have been working the way it was supposed to if I was paying attention to the choice of film stock. This is, after all, a relationship story, an exploration of those contentious years when mothers and daughters alternately hate each other and are each other's best friends. Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman give solid performances, but the filmmakers are so intensely focused on Ann and Adele that there's virtually no context for their lives. It's no wonder these two drive each other crazy -- they've been hermetically sealed away from the rest of the world.
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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 146 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
13
High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
6
About 50/50
83%
13-19Teens (F)
43
High
98%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
3
Fairly Low
67%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
14
Fairly High
93%
30+Adults (M)
17
Fairly High
94%
30+Adults (F)
50
Fairly High
84%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
It is mid-summer 1995 as a 1978 Mercedes zooms down the highway heading west. Inside sit Ann (Natalie Portman), a 14 year-old, and her mother Adele August (Susan Sarandon). Against her will, Ann is being moved to Beverly Hills where Adele, stifled by small-town life in Bay City, Wisc., hopes to make her dreams come true. Ann is furious at having to leave the life she loves, her grandmother, Lillian, and her best friend, Benny (Shawn Hatosy). Adele is tired of defending herself against her daughter's longings for home and family. She feels she's taking Ann away from a lifeless future and offering her an exciting new world.

Their first stop in L.A. is the Beverly Hills Hotel, the symbol of Adele's dream; then they head off to a Travelodge and what will become their real life — meals at diners and a very ordinary one-bedroom apartment in the flats of Beverly Hills, arranged for them by realtor Gail Letterfine (Caroline Aaron).

Adele gets a job as a speech therapist with the L.A. Unified School District; Ann is enrolled in Beverly Hills High School which to Adele is her daughter's ticket to a better future.

Over the course of the next four years and moves to numerous apartments, they adjust to the reality of life in L.A., Ann growing there, learning about life, Adele always on the fringes of the dream, on the outside looking in. Their relationship is close, but always volatile.

Ann watches as Adele tries to find Mr. Right and always coming up with Mr. Wrong. She has one date with Josh Spritzer (Hart Bochner) with whom she sees a future, but becomes obsessed with him when he never calls again. Ann herself makes friends with girls at school (Heather McComb) and Peter (Corbin Allred), a boy who's infatuated with her.

Throughout, Adele and Ann have their differences — and their fights. Adele the dreamer, always looking to be 'anywhere but here'; Ann the realist, seeing things for what they are, sometimes more the mother than the daughter.

But throughout, they care about each other and love each other deeply, as a mother and a daughter, and as two best friends. They share joys and sorrows, and begin to understand each other better. Ann slowly accepts her mother for what she is; Adele finally begins to understand Ann's independence.
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