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Playing Mona Lisa (2000)

 -  Comedy  -  1 May 2000 (USA)
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A young pianist is looking for love in all the wrong places once her fiancee drops her. Maybe her flame will be rekindled both for the piano and a new love?

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Claire Goldstein is a gifted pianist, but the same week that none of her friends pass a major competition, including her boyfriend Jeremy, he dumps her. An earthquake in San Francisco damages her apartment, so she must cross town to live with her parents. Her sister is about to get married; her mom is into the occult; her dad is withdrawing and losing his job. Claire obsesses about Jeremy, despite her girlfriends' advising her how to interest other men ("look mysterious, like Mona Lisa") and taking her to parties. Her sweet teacher, Bennett, gets her auditions, but she blows them off. Then, she meets Eddie. Is he the key to her rejoining the human race? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for drug content, sex-related dialogue and brief language | See all certifications »
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Two Goldsteins on Acid  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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There are a few homages to the sitcom Friends (1994) in this movie. Elliott Gould and Marlo Thomas play husband and wife in this movie and both played Ross's and Monica's father, Jack Geller and Rachel's mother, Sandy Green respectively. When Bo and Bennett are talking in the bedroom, Bo said that he changed his name to 'Barry' because 'Bo' wasn't a good name for a dental practice. In Friends (1994), Rachel's ex-fiancé is also named Barry and he is also a dentist. See more »

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When Eddie takes Clair to the greenhouse for pizza, you can see a cameraman crouching behind leaves as they enter, even though he says they closed it a long time ago. See more »

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Bennett: I once heard someone say: "When you dim your light, so that someone else can shine, the whole world gets darker."
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Tender
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Written by Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon.
2000 Parlophone UK
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Well-written and played out girl flick...
20 April 2001 | by (Evansville, Indiana USA) – See all my reviews

1st watched 4/21/2001 - 7 out of 10(Dir-Matthew Huffman): Well-written and played out girl flick that is very similar to the very popular TV series "Ally McBeal" in it's theme. A young girl trying to find her man is part of the movie, but it's also about her competing piano talent and how she shuffles her romantics wants or needs with her God-given talent. At times the movie seems confused about the direction it's going which is really not a problem because in real life we're never sure what direction everything is taking. A wide mixture of varied talents are involved in this picture from young(Alicia Witt) to old(Elliot Gould - who actually does one of his best jobs in a hard role as the mixed-up father. Funny, touching, and leaving us a good message as well in the end.


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