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Walking and Talking (1996)

R  |   |  Drama, Comedy, Romance  |  17 July 1996 (USA)
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Things have been tough lately for Amelia. Her best friend moved out of the apartment, her cat got cancer, and now her best friend, Laura, is getting married. She copes with things, from the... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Braverman ...
Young Amelia
Miranda Rhyne ...
Young Laura
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Amelia
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Laura
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Peter
Brenda Denmark ...
The Vet (as Brenda Thomas Denmark)
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Laura's Devil-Seeing Patient
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Andrew
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Frank
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Bill
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Amelia's Therapist
Rafael Alvarez ...
Laura's Sexy Patient
Ritamarie Kelly ...
Ellen
Steve Cohen ...
Actor In Play
Jordan Levinson ...
Peter's Friend
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Storyline

Things have been tough lately for Amelia. Her best friend moved out of the apartment, her cat got cancer, and now her best friend, Laura, is getting married. She copes with things, from the help of Andrew, Frank, Laura, and a brief romance with Bill "The Ugly Guy" Written by Rose Hilburn <Taco@Kosher.Com>

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A movie for everyone who wants to get married and stay single at the same time.

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Drama | Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »
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17 July 1996 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$63,412 (USA) (19 July 1996)

Gross:

$1,277,257 (USA) (27 September 1996)
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Trivia

Allison Janney has a cameo appearance as Amelia's neighbor. See more »

Goofs

When Laura is trying on wedding dresses, you can see her face in the mirror chewing gum but you hear her say, "I'm farting." See more »

Quotes

Andrew: I hope he calls back.
Amelia: I don't.
Andrew: What do you mean? I thought that's what I needed to be here for. Those sickos are the loneliest slimiest... hello cookies... hmm... I like.
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References What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) See more »

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Must I Paint You a Picture
Written and Performed by Billy Bragg
Published by BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP) o/b/o BMG Music Publishing Ltd.
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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How to Win Friends and Influence People (Not)
15 July 2008 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Catherine Keener (as Amelia) spends the opening scenes putting down everyone in her life. She doesn't like best friend Anne Heche (as Laura)'s engagement ring. She calls video store geek Kevin Corrigan (as Bill), who wants to date her, "The Ugly Guy". She repeatedly calls ex-boyfriend-turned-friend Liev Schreiber (as Andrew) an ass----, for enjoying telephone sex. Her cat has cancer. And, her kitchen sponge stinks.

Intriguing character study, from writer/director Nicole Holofcener. Ms. Keener's "Amelia" seems to have a lot going for her; she is funny and attractive, and, she manages to keep friendships while being excessively judgmental. Things may have started going wrong for her when roommate Heche moved in with boyfriend Todd Field (as Frank). Mr. Field becomes another supportive friend, however. Although Keener is cranky throughout, she eventually proves to be an interesting, supportive friend.

The performances are all terrific. Mr. Corrigan may be most memorable, as the horror movie geek Keener labels "The Ugly Guy"; watch for an outstanding scene as he overhears a message on Keener telephone answering machine. Some back-hair might have helped him look more ugly, though. Then, again, hairier Rafael Alvarez does seem prove excessive hair isn't so ugly. Wonderfully ironic to see Randall Batinkoff (as Peter) play a waiter so well, and an actor so poorly. "Walking and Talking" manages to be a story about meaningful friendship without being terribly meaningful.

****** Walking and Talking (1996) Nicole Holofcener ~ Catherine Keener, Anne Heche, Kevin Corrigan


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