Natalie Portman Celebrity Pack

Natalie Portman Celebrity Pack

Director: Matt Williams, Wayne Wang

Cast: Matt Williams, Wayne Wang, Zach Braff, Natalie Portman

     
 
As with his earlier film The Joy Luck Club (1993), Chinese director Wayne Wang tackles mother-daughter relationships in this coming of age comedy-drama. Susan Sarandon stars as Adele August, a Bay City, Wisconsin, mother who longs for a more exciting and glamorous life in Beverly Hills, California. So she leaves her husband (Ray Baker) and packs her reluctant

Overview

As with his earlier film The Joy Luck Club (1993), Chinese director Wayne Wang tackles mother-daughter relationships in this coming of age comedy-drama. Susan Sarandon stars as Adele August, a Bay City, Wisconsin, mother who longs for a more exciting and glamorous life in Beverly Hills, California. So she leaves her husband (Ray Baker) and packs her reluctant daughter Ann (Natalie Portman) into a gold Mercedes Benz, heading for L.A. When they arrive and move into an apartment they can't really afford, it becomes clear that Ann is the mature half of the duo, while Adele, a dreamer, is not firmly grounded in reality. Her plans include Ann's future career as an actress (a profession in which the girl has no interest) and landing a rich and handsome husband for herself, such as a dentist (Hart Bochner) who never calls Adele again after a one-night stand. When a family tragedy provokes a crisis between mother and daughter, the irresponsible Adele is forced to become a traditional mom for once.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Winsome Natalie Portman, in her first bona fide starring vehicle, lights up the screen as the plucky heroine of this warm, engaging drama, adapted from a well-received novel by Billie Letts. She plays an uneducated Southern teenager named Novalee Nation, impregnated and eventually abandoned by a callow rock-star wannabe. After giving birth in a Wal-Mart, Novalee takes up residence in a small town and acquires a group of friends that includes a hard working single mom (Ashley Judd), a Bible-quoting tippler (Stockard Channing), and an eccentric young librarian (James Frain). Former sitcom director Matt Williams takes his audience on an emotional roller-coaster ride with these immensely likable characters; we soar to blissful heights and plummet to the darkest depths at their side. But even when buffeted by tragedy, Novalee and her friends retain an essential optimism, a belief that gain invariably follows loss, which lifts their spirits and eventually brings tranquility. Guaranteed to stir the emotions, Where the Heart Is stops just short of cloying sentimentality, thanks largely to the carefully calibrated performances of its capable cast.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/06/2006
UPC:
0024543256878
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
5:36:00

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Natalie Portman Novalee Nation,Ann August,Samantha
Susan Sarandon Adele August
Zach Braff Andrew Largeman
Ashley Judd Lexie Coop
Eileen Ryan Lillian
Peter Sarsgaard Mark
Stockard Channing Sister Husband
Ian Holm Gideon Largeman
Joan Cusack Ruth Meyers
Ray Baker Ted
James Frain Forney Hall
Jean Smart Carol
John Diehl Jimmy
Dylan Bruno Willy Jack Pickens
Keith David Moses Whitecotten
Sally Field Mama Nell

Technical Credits
Matt Williams Director
Wayne Wang Director
Zach Braff Director

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Natalie Portman Collection: Anywhere But Here - Standard Version
1. Main Titles [4:00]
2. My Mother [6:09]
3. Beverly Hills [:46]
4. New Schools [8:04]
5. House Hunting [:40]
6. Money Woes [1:37]
7. A Party? [5:49]
8. Apartment Trouble [3:01]
9. Benny [2:39]
10. A Date [7:13]
11. An Accident [4:49]
12. Back in L.A. [5:06]
13. An Audition [:12]
14. Dad [3:40]
15. Peter [:07]
16. The Nice Guy [:17]
17. Brown University [:51]
18. Nobody's Perfect [8:08]
19. Working It Out [:57]
20. End Titles [6:42]
Disc #1, Side B -- Natalie Portman Collection: Anywhere But Here - Widescreen Version
1. Main Titles [4:00]
2. My Mother [6:09]
3. Beverly Hills [:46]
4. New Schools [8:04]
5. House Hunting [:40]
6. Money Woes [1:37]
7. A Party? [5:49]
8. Apartment Trouble [3:01]
9. Benny [2:39]
10. A Date [7:13]
11. An Accident [4:49]
12. Back in L.A. [5:06]
13. An Audition [:12]
14. Dad [3:40]
15. Peter [:07]
16. The Nice Guy [:17]
17. Brown University [:51]
18. Nobody's Perfect [8:08]
19. Working It Out [:57]
20. End Titles [6:42]
Disc #2 -- Natalie Portman Collection: Garden State
1. Andrew (Main Titles) [:02]
2. Welcome Home [:24]
3. Jenny the Cop [:03]
4. Mark's Party [1:39]
5. Breakfast With Mom [:03]
6. Being Unimpressive [:02]
7. Sam [:11]
8. Off the Meds [:03]
9. A Ride Home [:02]
10. Sam's House [:19]
11. Burying the Hamster [:06]
12. The Skating Alligator [:02]
13. Laughing and Crying [1:15]
14. The Idea of Home [:02]
15. Dangerous [:21]
16. Handi-World [:02]
17. Diego [:35]
18. Albert's Ark [:03]
19. The Infinite Abyss [:02]
20. The Goodbye Gift [1:49]
21. Safe [:02]
22. To Feel Again [:52]
23. Something Really Big [:05]
24. End Titles [:03]
Disc #3 -- Natalie Portman Collection: Where the Heart Is
1. Going to California [:22]
2. Shopping for Shoes [4:07]
3. Bad Luck [1:45]
4. Moving In [6:48]
5. A Sick Tree [1:49]
6. A Wal-Mart Baby [6:05]
7. A Big Celebrity [4:42]
8. The Welcome Woman [:26]
9. Forney [1:54]
10. A Christmas Story [10:38]
11. Ruth Myers [1:19]
12. A Tornado [:24]
13. Sister's Estate [7:55]
14. Making an Enemy [2:18]
15. Back Home [6:30]
16. Bad News [5:00]
17. Love [:16]
18. Rock Bottom [3:55]
19. Something Better [3:03]
20. End Titles [2:41]

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