American drama from 2002 with Frances McDormand, Christian Bale, Natascha McElhone. Director: Lisa Cholodenko. (110) Sam and Alex are a newly engaged couple and recent graduates who move back in Los Angeles. The plan is for them to move into Sam's mother's luxurious house in Laurel Canyon. However, Sam's mom is still in the house when they arrive. She is a successful music producer who has a penchant for young men and wild partying. It's not long before conflict and intrigue erupts.