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

Want something to drink?

- No thanks.

- Look.

I think you guys should stay

as long as you want.

Really, I want you

to be comfortable.

This has nothing

to do with you.

I'm really happy

to have you here.

- Want some?

- No thanks, I'm okay.


She is so embarrassing!

She is fine.

She's amusing.

Oh yeah.

Like a menstrual show.

Come on...

She is a little odd.

Her presentation is a little odd.

- But I think she means well.

- I don't know what she means.

It's like the never half.

You made it sound like she

was autistic or something.

She is in a way. I mean she makes

the same mistakes over and over.

She is obviously very accomplished.

Yeah the irony of all time.

- I'm sorry.

- What are you sorry about?

Bringing you here.

I should have taken that

spot at Mass General.

Dad was right we should

have stayed in Cambridge.

- Stop it!

- I fucked up.

Why didn't you tell me

she was so successful?

I told you.

No you didn't. You hardly told

me anything about her.

- You hardly asked.

- That's not true!

- Sleep tight.

- Alright.

- You think Sam likes me?

- No, why would he?

There is nothing to like about you.

You are totally unlikable.

You bitch!

Come here.


- I'm sorry, did I wake you?

- No.

I can't sleep lately,

my clock is fucked!

Hey you don't have to do that,

Carmela's coming on Friday.

No problem.

- Don't cut yourself.

- Hey, I got it really you're barefoot.

- Why are you up?

- I got to be at the hospital.

It's so early.

Yes, it's a real job.

- That's too bad.

- No, not so bad about it.

- We should spend some time together.

- Yes.

With Alex... She's sweet.

I think so.

Hey I got "Buck

seats at the Ball".

Maybe we could do that?

The four of us.

Get some wine, weed, chicken.

The weather has been fabulous.

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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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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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