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In Her Shoes

comedy, drama


IN HER SHOES is the alternately hilarious and heart-rending story of two sisters with nothing in common but size 8 1/2 feet. Maggie and Rose Feller are both best friends and polar opposites when it comes to values, goals and personal style.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    75%
  • Audience Score
    66%

common sense

ON for kids age 15
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Drama about rival sisters. Best for teens and up.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the film includes sexual references (images and language); indeed, it opens on fragmented shots of a drunken sexual encounter in a bathroom at high school reunion. Focused on the tensions between two grownup sisters, one a rowdy rebel and the other a prototypical "good girl," the movie pays particular attention to familial conflicts, secrets, and traumatic history (the sisters discuss the mother's suicide, committed when they were children; their father is remarried to a woman who treats them disdainfully). Characters use some crude language, usually in anger or surprise, including multiple uses of the s-word and hell, and slang for sex and genitals. One character reads aloud from a romance novel (including predictable, here comic, references to heaving breasts and sexual passion); and an episode of Sex and the City on TV refers to sexual activity. The rebellious sister wears skimpy clothing, including bikinis and underwear. Characters drink (to the point of vomiting) and smoke. The rebellious sister steals money and other items, sometimes from family members.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the sisters' long-term, mutual resentments and distrusts. How does the sisters' competition for attention shape their relationship? How can they reconcile with one another by sharing basic truths? (The fact that Maggie's dyslexia has remained undiagnosed all her life is especially troubling.) How does the father's dishonesty about his troubles with their mother and her mother/their grandmother also a source of conflict?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    75%
    reviews counted: 29
    see all In Her Shoes reviews
  • Audience

    66%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Never lurked a Chick Flick that looked fairer on the urge to talk things out. Never lurked one with a smarter cast or a more cluttered screenplay, full of mirth and sorrow.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, October 7, 2005

Fresh: Considering it doesn't star Maggie Smith or Judi Dench, it's surprising how mature and moving this female-focused drama is.

- Amy Simmons, Time Out, Thursday, February 9, 2006

Fresh: The movie gets much, much better as it goes along.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Thursday, October 20, 2005

Audience Reviews

5 stars

A good movie about finding your true self & changing for the better :)

- movieguru12, Monday, November 15, 2010

4 stars

Really good film. A 'Terms of endearment' for the new millennium. Almost. Still, Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette & Shirley MacLaine do a good job and Hanson gives the characters a decent amount of time to develop unlike most modern chick flicks, a slightly unfair pigeon hole. Great stuff! I love Shirley MacLaine!

- SirPant, Tuesday, September 29, 2009

3 stars

I loved this movie..

- LWOODS04, Tuesday, April 28, 2009