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Production was put on hold for eight months until lead actor Adam Brody was available, a decision that the producers and Kasdan have never regretted. "Adam is the heart, soul and life blood of this film,” says Kasdan. "I spent five months looking for an actor to play the lead in this largely autobiographical story. What I discovered was that I wasn't really looking for an actor to play me, I was looking for a movie star to play someone way more attractive and far less neurotic! In Adam I found everything I wanted for Carter. Adam is a pure, classic leading man in the tradition of Tom Hanks and Cary Grant.”

Golin concurs, "Adam brings a lot of good will to Carter. He appears effortless in terms of his performance he's very natural and that's one of Adam's big strengths. The audience wants to like him even though sometimes he's doing things that may be questionable. Audiences can't help but give him the benefit of the doubt.”

A struggling writer, Carter has fallen in love with a beautiful actress, a woman who may well be out of his league, but it's clear at the start of the film that he has built his world around her. The last words the hopeless romantic ever thought he'd hear were that Sophia was moving on with her life and career without him. When Carter goes home to break the news to his mother, Agnes (JoBeth Williams), that Sophia has ended the relationship, Agnes seems more devastated than her son, recounting and wallowing in her own tales of a broken heart. Agnes confides in Carter that she's concerned his dementia-prone grandmother living in Michigan has taken a turn for the worse.

Confesses Kasdan, "Carter is a character not unlike me in a lot of ways. He's a very, very verbal young guy who has lived his life sort of in a neurotic kind of active and imaginative way all of his successes and failures have been related to his ability to express himself. He's one of those guys who's seen a lot of movies and who has lived as much on the other side of the screen as he has in the real world. The thing he's always fantasized about and worked his hardest at is this relationship with Sophia. But she doesn't want to be with him anymore.”

"Getting dumped by Sophia sends Carter into a tailspin,” says Brody. "He sees going to Michigan to care for his grandmother as an opportunity to run away from his life for awhile, get his bearings and hopefully figure some things out. Even though he doesn't quite really know what those things are.”

While Carter's and Sarah's story unfolds, so does the viewer's understanding that In the Land of Women is not so much a physical place, as it is an emotional landscape where Carter learns about relationships about their frailties and their fleeting nature.

"When I finished the script and read it,” says Kasdan, "it became immediately clear that Sarah's part was an incredible opportunity to use Meg Ryan. I have been a fan of hers for a long time she has a real skill and craft that allows her to be funny and attractive but also she has this incredible evolved soulfulness. I've always felt like all the stories I tell on some level are about that space between your ideals and your desires what you want to be and what you are, and how you reconcile those things on a day-to-day basis.”

Ryan says she was deeply flattered that Kasdan chose her for the part and signed on without any hesitation. The actress was excited to play such a complex woman who finds her world unraveling and is desperate to put her life in order. "It was unbelievable because it's such a fantastic part,” says Ryan. "Dramatically it's what every actor wants to get their hands on, a peaked emotional experience when you have to accept that life is finite. But also, Sarah's a bit funny and a little odd – everything you want to indulge in. What I found interesting is that ther

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