April 30, 2007 12:00 PM

Adam Brody, Meg Ryan, Kristen Stewart, Olympia Dukakis


My father raised my five siblings and me with one maxim foremost: “Self-pity is the most ignoble of human emotions.” Writer-director Jonathan Kasdan fails to heed this bit of wisdom in his debut film, In the Land of Women, a slight drama populated by characters awash in pouty navel-gazing. After he’s dumped by his girlfriend, an aspiring writer (Brody) moves from L.A. to Michigan, where he befriends a neighbor sick with cancer (Ryan) and her angry teen daughter (Stewart). The cast tries hard to breathe life into a shallow construct. But overall, Land is one of those well-intentioned movies you just keep wishing you liked more than you do. (PG-13)

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