Laurel Canyon

Synopsis: Newly graduated psychiatrist Sam and his fiancee Alex move to Los Angeles for Sam's residency and into Sam's mother's house in upscale Laurel Canyon. Only problem is, Sam's mother is still there, supposedly finishing up a record that she's producing for the band of her new boy toy, Ian. She seems more interested in smoking pot and drinking than actually working though. Alex doesn't mind but Sam is quite upset. Alex starts off focused on her work (finishing a dissertation on genomics), but is soon distracted by the rock-'n-roll lifestyle going on around her. Meanwhile, Sam is equally distracted by beautiful Israeli intern Sara.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Lisa Cholodenko
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  2 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min

Let's go outside for a second.

It's the shit I hate, you know.

I give them a gorgeous record...

...and they come back

when there's no single.

There's no thank you,

there's no congratulations.

Just go back in and find it.


...I would not be behind like this.

I'm never behind like this.

Oh Jane,

You're always behind like this.

No I've changed.

Truly I have.

Take your time and finish

the record. And...

Stay in Malibu, alright?

- No you can't stay in Malibu.

- That's Ok. It's just a couple of weeks.

- It's Bobby's.

- What do you mean it's Bobby's?

- I gave the house to Bobby.

- You gave the house to Bobby?!

Just for a little while,

until he gets back up on his feet.

He doesn't have feet!

- Bobby's a basket case!

- No, I gave him a deadline.

Oh, I'm sure that

will motivate him.

Look it's complicated, Ok.

I feel a little guilty

about this one.

About what?

I left him.

- So you gave him the house?

- It was the right thing to do.

How can you break up with Bobby?

I thought he was the real thing!

Then I got to know him.

- What do you want to eat?

- Curry.

We're going for a bite.

Care to join us?

- No thanks, we're exhausted.

- No?

Our loss, another time.

See you Jane.

See you in the morning.

- Unless you want to...

- See you in the morning.

Nice to meet you.

They don't have a single.

I thought Sam would have

explained how thing get.

No, he just thought you'd be gone.

I mean finished.

It happens a lot in this business.

Things shift, plans change,

people get fired.

- Sure of course.

- Yeah what are you going to do?

Things shift, plans change,

people get fired.

Yeah we just hadn't planned

on a change of plan... so...

Well who plans

on a change of plan?

I mean, it would be sort of

paranoid. Don't you think?

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Lisa Cholodenko

Lisa Cholodenko (born June 5, 1964) is an American screenwriter and director of film and television. She wrote and directed the films High Art (1998), Laurel Canyon (2002) and The Kids Are All Right (2010). For the latter film she won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay in 2010. She has also directed numerous works for television, including the 2014 miniseries Olive Kitteridge for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special and the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Miniseries or TV Film. more…

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