Release dateNovember 12, 1999 (1999-11-12) Based onAnywhere but Here
by Mona Simpson WriterMona Simpson (book), Alvin Sargent (screenplay) CastSusan Sarandon (Adele August), Natalie Portman (Ann August), Hart Bochner (Josh Spritzer), Eileen Ryan (Lillian), Ray Baker (Ted), John Diehl (Jimmy) Similar moviesLost Highway, Inside Out, Jamon Jamon, The Broken, Dust Devil, Wild Strawberries
TaglineA story of a mother who knows best... and a daughter who knows better.
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Anywhere but Here is a 1999 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film, based on the novel of the same name by Mona Simpson. The screenplay was written by Alvin Sargent, and the film was directed by Wayne Wang. It was produced by Laurence Mark, Petra Alexandria, and Ginny Nugent. It stars Susan Sarandon, Natalie Portman, and Shawn Hatosy.
Filming began in late June 1998. The film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 17, 1999, before being released in the United States on November 12.
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Adele August (Susan Sarandon) is an eccentric woman who, with her reluctant daughter, Ann (Natalie Portman), leaves a small Wisconsin town and moves to Beverly Hills to realize her dreams. However, it becomes apparent that Adele is uncertain of what those dreams are - expressing ideas such as marrying a rich man - and often makes irresponsible and impulsive decisions, such as purchasing a used Mercedes she cannot afford in order to drive to Beverly Hills. While upset with Adele's decisions, the more practical Ann finds she cannot leave her mother and resents her for leaving Ann's stepfather for a better life. Furthermore, Ann still loves her father, who left her family when Ann was still young.
When living in Beverly Hills, Adele improvises from day to day, often unable to pay the bills. She winds up dating a successful dentist, but learns that he doesn't love her and has dumped her for a younger woman. Things get complicated when Adele has a fight with Jimmy and Ann starts dating her crush, Peter. Forcing her daughter to enroll in Beverly Hills High School, where a lot of rich kids and movie star kids go to, Adele hopes that Ann will become an actress and attend UCLA, despite Ann's interest in going away to Brown University. Though Adele fails in many respects, she eventually accepts her daughter's plans and decides to help her.
Susan Sarandon as Adele August
Natalie Portman as Ann August
Shawn Hatosy as Benny
Hart Bochner as Josh Spritzer
Eileen Ryan as Lillian
Ray Baker as Ted
John Diehl as Jimmy
Bonnie Bedelia as Carol
Faran Tahir as Hisham Badir
Caroline Aaron as Gail Letterfine
Corbin Allred as Peter
Michael Milhoan as Cop
John Carroll Lynch as Jack Irwin
Steve Berra as Hal
Eva Amurri, the daughter of Susan Sarandon, has a cameo appearance as a girl on television.
The film received positive reviews from critics. It currently holds a 64% on Rotten Tomatoes. The consensus reads: "The clever reversal of roles between Portman and Sarandons' characters (Portman is constantly worried and looking out for her mother, not vice versa) makes the movie interesting and worth watching. Transcends the tired cliche well."
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three stars and noted "The movie's interest is not in the plot, which is episodic and 'colorful,' but in the performances. Sarandon bravely makes Adele into a person who is borderline insufferable. Sarandon's role is trickier and more difficult, but Portman's will get the attention. In 'Anywhere But Here,' she gets yanked along by her out of control mother, and her best scenes are when she fights back, not emotionally, but with incisive observations."
Beverly Hills High School, Beverly Hills, California
Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows, Beverly Hills
Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California
Westwood Village, Westwood, Los Angeles, California,
A soundtrack to the film was released on November 2, 1999, ten days before the theatrical release. The soundtrack was distributed by Atlantic Records and Wea.
The soundtrack features original music by Lisa Loeb, Danny Elfman and k.d. lang. It also featured tracks by artists such as LeAnn Rimes, Sarah McLachlan, and Pocket Size, as well as other various artists. Rimes' song, "Leaving's Not Leaving", was released as a B-side track with her single, "Big Deal", on September 28, 1999.
Awards and nominations
Golden Globe Awards
Nominated - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Natalie Portman
Young Artist Awards
Nominated - Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress - Natalie Portman
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards
Nominated - Best Contemporary Hair Styling (Feature) - Paul LeBlanc
The film opened at #5 at the North American box office and made $5.6 million USD in its opening weekend.