White Oleander


Girl’s mother murders her love and gets sent to prison. Girl gets shuffled from foster home to foster home.

I didn’t like the book version of White Oleander that much. I heard that tons of changes were made from the book so I had a feeling that I might like the movie more. I did like the movie better than the book. It showed how evil and mean Michelle Pfeiffer was but it should have shown more how pathetic Rene Zellweger’s character turned out to be after meeting Michelle Pfeiffer.


Other changes were the first guy was about 10 years younger than he was in the book and I guess they decided to cut out the sex scenes. The guy from Almost Famous was ugly in the book so I guess that’s why they made him that way in the movie too. I could have sworn she ended up in Germany or somewhere at the end of the book, but I could be making it up or mixing it up with something else.

Overall, I thought the book became too boring and had no point and I think the movie did a better job of having a point. It was a lot more succinct.

Rating: B


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One thought on “White Oleander

  • February 8, 2004 at 3:41 pm

    I saw this on cable. It was a pretty good show. It was a little disturbing, but good.

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