Parents' Guide to

In Her Shoes

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Drama about rival sisters. Best for teens and up.

Movie PG-13 2005 131 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

Nothing of any significance

This film is a basic two dimensional and idealistic approach to parental loss and sibling conflict. It is only saved by Toni Collette’s ability to turn a turgid script into something more. Don’t bother with this film if you want your children to have realistic views of pain, conflict, grief or any emotion with any depth. Also for a film made in 2005- sprinkling a few black actors in the dying seconds of the movie is frankly insulting!
age 14+

From My Sibling's POV

Any course of media that details the polarising dynamics of siblings is always interesting to watch and Maggie (Diaz) and Rose (Collette) are excellent example of this trope. Maggie is the irresponsible, flirtatious party girl- drop dead gorgeous to every man she passes. Rose is the hard working, shy and dependenable attorney - envious of her sister's carefree attitude to life. When their lastest feud blows up like a mushroom cloud, they lose contact with each other. Maggie retreats to Florida where their long lost grandmother resides and soon understands how her reckless behaviour has serious consequences and works on herself to be a better person. Rose also takes a pause to step back and prioritise her emotional and physical wellbeing and enjoy life with a man whom she previously ignored but treats her with integrity and respect. The movie also takes time to discuss family turmoil regarding mental health and not once does it sugarcoat the heavy topics (NO SPOILERS!) It's one of the greatest roles Cameron Diaz has done, flexing her range from her usual roles as the cutesy blonde next-door or the sexy cool girl. Perfect watch with your gal pals, probably not best for teens under 13 with several instances of language, sexual references, skimpy clothing and cleavage and use of alcohol and drugs.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Although frequently formulaic and often slick, IN HER SHOES nevertheless features some strong performances, emotional conflicts, and heartwarming reconciliations. The sisters' conflicts are deeply rooted, of course. They interact primarily by way of snapless one-liners, as when Rose suggests Maggie look for a job ("There's a whole world of commerce out there that has nothing to do with sex") or Maggie uncleverly deplores her sister's fashion sensibility ("1994 called; it wants its hair scrunchy back"). The sisters' most prominent shared interest is shoes, as objects of desire and signs of emotional stability. Rose has a closet full of them, expensive, neatly arranged and mostly un-worn ("Shoes always fit," she says, "I treat myself when I feel bad"). But where Rose preserves shoes, Maggie wants to wear them; as soon as Rose leaves for work, Maggie going through her closet, picking the most stiletto heels and outrageous boots. When Maggie commits a predictable act of (sexual) betrayal, Rose demands that she leave.

Their road to reunion thus takes a detour, as Maggie moves to Florida, where the girls' proud, cynical, and engaging grandmother lives in a retirement community. Following initial tensions between, Maggie and Ella come to appreciate their similarities (stubbornness, insecurity posing as arrogance, anger refitted as independence). Maggie's swimwear makes her a big hit among the men at poolside, and her ability to shop for others -- framed as a career-worthy talent -- wins favor with the ladies. The film eventually allows the three women to come together, better understanding themselves in relation to one another and their shared sensibilities.

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