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What Happened Was... (1994)

This darkly humorous film explores the personal psychic landscape of two lonely New Yorkers. Jackie and Michael are coworkers at a large law firm, who decide to meet at Jackie's for dinner ... See full summary »

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This darkly humorous film explores the personal psychic landscape of two lonely New Yorkers. Jackie and Michael are coworkers at a large law firm, who decide to meet at Jackie's for dinner one night. As this 'first date' plays out, the audience is guided through a mental minefield of disappointment, desolation, and desperation. Their conversation, with its awkward 'small talk', slowly reveals their unhappy lives.... Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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$327,482 (USA)
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Said to be one of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's favorite films. See more »

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References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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Voices Carry
Written by Michael Hausman, Joseph Pesce and Aimee Mann
Performed by 'Til Tuesday
Published by Intersong, USA
(Warner-Chappell Music)
Courtesy Epic Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Slow moving, insightful and very well written
29 November 2000 | by (glen ellyn, il) – See all my reviews

This movie is certainly NOT for everyone. And I would whole heartedly agree with people who feel mislead by the cover of the videotape because it doesn't create any idea of what the movie is. What the movie is, is a very finely crafted film much like "My Dinner With Andre" but much more somber. The layers of these characters peel off as they become more and more comfortable with each other and it creates for an almost voyeristic feel that lends the movie an immediate impact credibility. This movie is reflective of how many, many people interact and present themselves as something they are not and how fragile people can really be. We see and work with people every day who could be lost souls, lonely hearts, broken egos etc.....and this movie simply reminds us that not everyone is what they seem and that the world is full of lost, lonely people. Obviously not a subject that lends itself to the average movie-goer but if you like outstanding writing and want to see what can be done with TRULY indepenent movies, this is the movie for you. I HIGHLY recommend it to literate movie fans.


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