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Shoe-Horned in by Contrivance
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written by talltale February 4, 2006 - 5:06 AM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
In the up and down career of Curtis Hanson, IN HER SHOES will not rate high. It's hard to believe that any major studio would imagine it might make much money (that said, there have been many more bizarre examples of so-so moneymakers). The film didn't net much theatrically and probably won't do better on DVD.

Still, I'm surprised by its pretzel-twist contrivances--so clearly meant to lead toward a feel-good finish yet managing to make little sense. What, exactly, is the Diaz character's problem? Dyslexia? If so, wouldn't it have been diagnosed long ago, particularly by a sister so clearly caring and hugely intelligent as the Collette character? And why in the world would Diaz expect to audition for TV host and imagine that she would not have to read a teleprompter? (Or maybe she's only "mini-problemed," because her cure sure seems to happen overnight.)

One could go on and on, but there's no point. This is simply one of those nicely-acted, glossily-produced, contrived-beyond-belief family stories that--I hate to say it--give chick flicks their bad name. I lasted it through due to the exemplary performances, but "phony baloney" sums it all up.

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