Charms for the Easy Life

Overview

This comedy drama, which follows three generations of women as they join together to sort out their troubles, gets a simple presentation for its release on DVD. Charms for the Easy Life has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The dialogue is in English, and this edition includes no multiple language options or bonus materials.
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Overview

This comedy drama, which follows three generations of women as they join together to sort out their troubles, gets a simple presentation for its release on DVD. Charms for the Easy Life has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The dialogue is in English, and this edition includes no multiple language options or bonus materials.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Interviews with: Gena Rowlands, Mimi Rogers, Susan Mary Pratt; Filmographies on: Joan Micklin Silver- director, Gena Rowlands, Mimi Rogers, Susan Mary Pratt
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Charms for the Easy Life is an engagingly low-key family drama that features fine performances from its three female leads. The film has a leisurely pace, and gives the audience a chance to get to know Charlie Kate (Gena Rowlands), her daughter Sophia (Mimi Rogers), and her granddaughter Margaret (Susan May Pratt), and understand the complex dynamics of their relationship to one another. Director Joan Micklin Silver and screenwriter Angela Shelton show a real flair for capturing the interaction of mother, daughter, and granddaughter. These are all strong, intelligent characters, but also very different from one another, and the conflicts that arise among them seem completely organic. The writing is sharp, and the period details seem accurate. One could quibble that the lives depicted in the film are a bit too "easy," that Charlie Kate is so far ahead of her time, and overcomes the obstacles in her path so easily, as to strain credulity. It's a fair criticism, but in the end, these are such interesting and charming characters, and their relationship so vividly drawn, that a relative lack of verisimilitude doesn't seem to matter so much.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2003
  • UPC: 758445108323
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Showtime Ent.
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, EspaƱol
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 74,006

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gena Rowlands Charlie Kate
Mimi Rogers Sophia
Susan May Pratt Margaret
Geordie Johnson Richard Baines
Kenneth Mitchell Tom Hawkings II
Wayne Robson Doctor
Kayla Perlmutter Margaret (Child)
Kirsten Kieferle Charlie Kate (1909)
Christine Rottenberg Sophia (1909)
David Macniven Sophia's Husband
Robert Clarke Coroner
Patricia Welbourn Pearl
Stella Sprowell Mrs. Baines
Dwight McFee Tom's Father
Joanne Boland Tom's Sister
Maggie Huculak Tom's Mother
Ron Kennell Charlie's Husband
Technical Credits
Joan Micklin Silver Director
Chris Ciaffa Executive Producer
Shelley Cook Stunts
Jean Lepine Cinematographer
Jim Makiej Editor
Sue Parker Stunts
Van Dyke Parks Score Composer
Peter Pastorelli Producer
Mimi Rogers Executive Producer
Angela Shelton Teleplay
Brendan Smith Production Designer
Stephen Stanley Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening [5:17]
2. The Good Doctor [6:53]
3. Voodoo [9:41]
4. Return Again [9:54]
5. Mr. Baines [9:58]
6. The Real Doctor [9:59]
7. Decisions [9:08]
8. Letters Home [11:58]
9. Mark My Words [8:31]
10. Dinner Party [13:22]
11. Christmas Day [12:53]
12. Credits [2:56]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Languages
         English 5.1 Surround
         English 2.0 Stereo
         Spanish
      Interviews
         Mimi Rogers
         Susan Mary Pratt
         Gena Rowlands
      Filmographies
         Joan Micklin Silver
         Mimi Rogers
         Susan Mary Pratt
         Gena Rowlands
      Photo Gallery
      Other Titles of Interest
         A Girl Thing
         The Passion of Ayn Rand
         Things Behind the Sun
         The Inspectors
      About Showtime
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