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"In the Land of Women" ** (out of four): Achingly sincere study of a man who leaves Los Angeles to care for his ailing grandmother in suburban Michigan only to - wouldn't you know it? - find himself, features strong performances but never reaches the depths to which is aspires.

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If you're going to spend time in a land of women, you can't ask for much better than Olympia Dukakis, JoBeth Williams and Meg Ryan. Throw in young Kristen Stewart and this sounds like a land worth visiting. Unfortunately, “In the Land of Women”, writer-director Jonathan Kasdan’s achingly sincere study of a writer who leaves Los Angeles to care for his ailing grandmother, never gives its talented cast – led by Adam Brody from “The O.C.” - a chance to flex its considerable muscles.

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