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The Night We Never Met (1993)

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Sam has a problem with his roommates: they are disgusting, and don't seem to share his views on responsibility, privacy, and basic hygiene. Such is his discomfort with his living ... See full summary »

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Kenneth
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Leslie
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Inga
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Catha
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Yogurt-Eating Date
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French Cheese Shopper
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Triple Creme Cheese Shopper (as Michael Mastrototaro)
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I'm Double Parked Lady
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3rd Cheese Man
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Pharmacy Clerk
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Sam has a problem with his roommates: they are disgusting, and don't seem to share his views on responsibility, privacy, and basic hygiene. Such is his discomfort with his living arrangements that he agrees to share the occupancy of another flat: he gets two nights a week, the owner (a sleazy frat-boy yuppie named Brian, soon to be married) and Ellen (a would-be painter seeking relief from her boring marriage) each get their separate nights in the flat. Things go extremely well until Sam and Brian swap nights without telling Ellen, who attributes the "nice" things that happen around the place to the slob Brian, while berating the responsible Sam for his hedonistic lifestyle. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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A comedy with room for romance.

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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30 April 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Noite que Nunca Nos Encontramos  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,884,814 (USA)
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Inga: You are welcome to me!
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Score Musicians:
Arthur Baron: Trombone
Steve Elson: Bass clarinet, clarinet & tenor sax
Ralph Olson: Alto sax & clarinet
Steven Bernstein: Fluegelhorn & trumpet
Ronald Zito: Drums
John Beal: Double bass
Marc Ribot: Guitar
Don Leight: Guest soloist
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Good actors playing great characters
16 October 1999 | by (california) – See all my reviews

Great performances highlight this small story, which has a great hook and some forgivable flaws. The main themes of communication and isolation are given time to flesh themselves out in three separate stories that center around a shared apartment. I like the pacing in this film, it's slow enough to wrap itself around the story, but not so slow as to drag.

The three main female characters are all good, especially Tripplehorn as Pastel, the avant-garde artist and pseudo girlfriend of Broderick. I've never seen her do any better with a character. Broderick has a curious role to play as a man who is tolerant of others up to a point (like his view of Sciorra's illogical behavior), but still has the serenity to offer marital advice to a woman who has just put him through a frustrating case of coitus interruptus. Sciorra's character is more problematic - she has a definite fear-aggression streak that gets tempered somewhat by the end, but there's also a good deal of "tough chick" bravado in her performance that makes it interesting.

I wasn't completely convinced by all of the transformations in the final ten minutes of the movie, but it ties things up neatly enough so you don't feel cheated and leaves enough room for the characters to grow further after the final shot.


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