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 me to stop?

No don't stop

Do you want me to keep going?

Yeah, keep going. Don't stop.


Ok, don't move. Don't stop.

F*** me!

It's me, you don't need to pick up.

I know you are busy packing.

Just calling to say...hey..

I'm kind of in a situation here.

- What?

- I finished.

- You did?

- Yeah!

That was really good.

What about you?

Hmm... I'm fine.

- Are you sure?

- Yes.

- Alright.

- Yeah I'm good.

My mother asked about April again.

- Why is she so fixated on April?

- I'm sure it's economic.

I can't Lisa.

I know! She is probably just trying

to get a deal on rentals.

Like the June rush,

or something ludicrous.

You want to change the plan?

- No I don't. Do you?

- No.

I don't know why people

get married in June anyway.

I mean, what's

wrong with January?

I just never saw the reason to go

out there. It's disruptive in my opinion.

Alex should be here

to finish your dissertation,

and you should stay in Cambridge,

if you'll be practising here.

I'd rather be in Cambridge

absolutely, but the...

Houseman institute is the

best program in the country.

I think you should

reconsider psychiatry, Sam.

it is a feeble discipline.

If you're interested in brains,

get to the thick of it...

the grey matter.

That's honest medicine.

Why waste yourself

on the hopeless?

- So impressive Alex.

- The empty Aelons.

- It's a tremendous achievement!

- Getting a Ph.D.

- Well, I haven't finished it yet.

- Genemics, my God!

- Genomics.

- Right, of course, genomics.

How long are you staying

with your mother?

- We're not staying with her.

- Oh, I thought you were.

No. We're staying at her house.

But she's not living there now.

She's an executive, isn't she?

Not exactly, she's in the

entertainment industry.

She's a record producer.

That's right. Alex

mentioned that once.

Well, it seems you have

everything under control.


We've covered everything.

Think about my suggestion.

Oh, and take care of Alex, please.

We don't want her

joining the Scientologists.

Or the vegetarians.

- Can we leave?

- Yes.

You can't leave now,

we haven't had the cake.

- Beautiful!

- Thank you.

You're behind by 40-

you have to focus.

- I am focusing.

- No you're not you're distracted.

I just don't read the

dictionary, smart pants.

Can I get another juice?

Can I get another Scotch please?

I don't think you should worry

about it anymore, honey.

I didn't plan on

worrying about it at all.

It's not that much time.

Theoretically yeah.

I wish I had his ash.

What did she say, a wake?

She wasn't specific.

I don't know why you didn't

call the black girl back?

Neither do I.

She could have made

other arrangements, you know?

I know. I don't know why

I didn't call her back.

I should have.

- Whose are the cars?

- I don't know.

- She is really weird.

- I know you told me before.

- I just want to reemphasize.

- Okay.

It's probably

developmental disorder.


- Rarefied strain.

- Why are you telling me this again?

- I just don't want you to be surprised.

- It's temporary!

I don't want you getting upset.

Anyone is tolerable

for a few weeks.

Even the developmentally disabled.

Come on. I need to pee.

What time is it?


Look at you!

Oh man, you

look great! Really!

So do you.

Sorry Alex,

this is Jane, my mother.

Hi nice to meet you.

Nice to meet you too, finally.

- It's a pleasure.

- Thanks likewise.

Hello I'm in,

one of the crew.

Ian, Dean, Rowan and Frip.

This is my son.

Sam. And...

- Oh... Alex.

- Alex, God I'm sorry.

It's lovely to meet you Alex.

As well you Sam.

Let's go outside for a second.

It's the sh*t 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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