Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, Shirley MacLaine, Mark Feuerstein, Ken Howard
One of the better beloved titles of chick lit makes the transition to the screen with its stiletto-sharp humor intact. In Her Shoes, based on Jennifer Weiner’s 2002 novel, is a whole lot of fun, an enjoyable mix of sleek soles and heartfelt soul.
Director Curtis Hanson (ITALIC “8Mile”]) has turned this breezy tale of two feuding sisters, the older one smart but socially ill at ease (Collette) and the younger dim but sexy (Diaz), into an entertaining examination of hurt feelings, forgiveness and family ties. There’s just enough honest feeling to keep you caring.
Collette and Diaz are terrific. The standout acting honors, though, belong to MacLaine, who is astringent perfection as the pair’s long-absent grandma. Hers is a restrained performance—not just by MacLaine standards but by any standard—that is all the more moving because of it.
Minor quibble: Collette’s character is repeatedly described as chubby. But this is Hollywood Fat. At her most bloated, she may be a size 10. Which makes the rest of us walking, talking blimps. (PG-13)