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The Third Wheel -- Luke Wilson (Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, Old School) is joined by Denise Richards (Scary Movie 3, Love Actually) in this sexy, riotously funny comedy from one of the producers of American Pie!


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Writer (WGA):
Jay Lacopo (written by)
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Release Date:
31 May 2002 (Italy) See more »
This is not your picture perfect date!!! See more »
A man accidentally hits a homeless person with his car and then can't seem to get rid of him the rest of the night. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Luke Wilson ... Stanley

Denise Richards ... Diana Evans
Jay Lacopo ... Phil

Ben Affleck ... Michael

Phill Lewis ... Mitch

Deborah Theaker ... Nancy

Melissa McCarthy ... Marilyn

Tim DeKay ... Speaker

Greg Pitts ... Tee

Wayne Federman ... Glen Federman
Mike Schwartz ... Co-Worker

Neal Matarazzo ... Neal

Jim Lau ... Clerk

Diana Maria Riva ... Rose Lady
Blas Lorenzo ... Waiter
Buck Kartalian ... Old Man

Rachel Winfree ... Knitting Lady
Robert M. Koch ... Actor (Lincoln) (as Robert Koch)

Jason Kravits ... Stage Manager

Jeanette Miller ... Elderly Woman

Kevin P. Farley ... Bus Driver (as Kevin Farley)
Marcus DeJohn ... Bill
Marilyn Staley ... Mary
Veena Bidasha ... Mahareinlu

David Koechner ... Carl

Matthew Maher ... Hank

Meredith Salenger ... Sara
Bobby Slayton ... Dave Bowen

Phil Reeves ... Bill Sykes
Steven Shenbaum ... Ted
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Amy Boatwright ... Waitress

Marcus Johnson ... Bill

Joan Blair ... Woman On Bus (uncredited)

Matt Damon ... Kevin (uncredited)
Don Damrath ... (uncredited)

Jeff Garlin ... Office worker (uncredited)

Joy Gohring ... Drunk Office Girl (uncredited)

Lauren Graham ... Woman at Party (uncredited)
Richie Keen ... Rich (uncredited)
Dan Paragon ... Guy arguing (uncredited)

Marcio Rosario ... Lorenzo (uncredited)

Nicole Sullivan ... Sally (uncredited)

Directed by
Jordan Brady 
Writing credits
Jay Lacopo (written by)

Produced by
Ben Affleck .... executive producer
Jeff Balis .... associate producer
Matt Damon .... executive producer
Louis G. Friedman .... co-producer
Stavros Merjos .... producer
Chris Moore .... producer
Yoram Pelman .... executive producer
Adam Rosenfelt .... producer
Marc Schaberg .... associate producer
Chad Snopek .... producer
Original Music by
Lisa Coleman 
Wendy Melvoin 
Cinematography by
Jonathan Brown 
Film Editing by
Sam Citron 
Paul Seydor 
Casting by
Michelle Morris  (as Michelle Morris-Gertz)
Production Design by
Cosmas A. Demetriou 
Art Direction by
Gregory Branson  (as Gregory R. Branson)
Set Decoration by
Hernan Camacho 
Christopher Carlson 
Costume Design by
Leesa Evans 
Makeup Department
Tarra D. Day .... makeup department head
Amy L. Disarro .... makeup artist (as Amy Disarro)
Voni Hinkle .... hair department head
Natasha Ladek .... wig maker (as Natascha Ladek)
Jeff Lewis .... makeup artist
Shari Perry .... key hair stylist
Larry Waggoner .... hair supervisor
Production Management
Louis G. Friedman .... production manager
Isabel Henderson .... post-production supervisor
Angel Pine .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hans Berggren .... second second assistant director
Carey Dietrich .... first assistant director
Stephanie Kime .... second assistant director
Art Department
Russell R. Anderson .... lead man
Greg Benge .... set dresser
Mike Boudreau .... set dresser
Gary Clark .... painter (as Gary A. Clark)
Jennifer Dawson .... property assistant
Rick Glenn .... set dresser
Roger Knight .... set dresser
Jeffrey Kushon .... set dresser
Victor Mendez .... set dresser
Amanda Moss Serino .... on-set dresser
Cheryl Pendergrass .... assistant property master
Erik Polczwartek .... set dresser
Douglas W. Randall .... property master
Charles Righetti .... set dresser
Joel Ruiz .... set dresser
Jimmy Simeone .... set dresser
Zeev Tankus .... property master (re-shoot)
Brian Walsh .... lead man
Larry J. White II .... lead man (as Larry J. White)
Todd Young .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Kris Campbell .... adr supervisor
Kris Campbell .... foley supervisor
Scott Edelson .... sound utility
George Flores .... boom operator
Michael Garner .... boom operator
Danielle Ghent .... dialogue editor
Cameron Hamza .... sound mixer
Catherine Harper .... foley artist
Hilda Hodges .... foley artist
Randy McDonald .... sound utility
Donald Murray .... dialogue supervisor
Nancy Parker .... foley artist
John Rice .... sound editor
Phillip Seretti .... post-production sound supervisor
Phillip Seretti .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert W. Vandling .... sound effects supervisor
Janja Vujovich .... post-production sound coordinator
Randolph Saucedo .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ron Trost .... special effects coordinator
Richard Bucher .... stunt double: Luke Wilson
Dane Farwell .... stunts
Andy Gill .... stunts
Lisa Hoyle .... stunts
Terry Jackson .... stunts
Tom McComas .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Gavin Alcott .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Dean Andolsek .... gaffer: additional photography
Abel Barron .... electrician
Greg Bridges .... dolly grip
Joe Broderick .... Steadicam operator
Steve Castanda .... best boy electric
Michael P. Catanzarite .... key grip (as Michael Catanzarite)
David Chameides .... Steadicam operator (as Dave Chameides)
Peter Charles .... grip
John Christopic .... electrician
Stephan Clancey .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Stephane Cojot-Goldberg .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Derek K. Cunningham .... grip (as Derek Cunningham)
Christian E. Dirkes .... dolly grip (as Chris Dirkes)
Erik A. Erichsen .... electrician (as Erik Erichsen)
Chauncey B. Forward .... video assist operator
Michael Fuhr .... camera loader
Keith Gorman .... best boy electric (as Keith A.F. Gorman)
Ben Haller .... best boy grip
Todd Heater .... gaffer
Renee Hedstrom .... second assistant camera
David Hennings .... director of photography: additional photography
Scott Hillman .... key grip
Ron Hirshman .... first assistant camera: "a" and "b" camera
Ron Hoffman .... electrician
Aubrey Husar .... grip (as Aubrey Boytos)
Manny Jimenez .... grip (as Manuel Jimenez II)
Mason Kulhawik .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Ken Longballa .... electrician
Thomas Marshall .... electrician (as Thomas William Marshall)
Art Martin .... first assistant camera
Joe C. Maxwell .... director of photography: additional photography (as Joe Maxwell)
Gary McBride .... dolly grip
Michael McCormack .... video assistant operator
Anthony G. Nakonechnyj .... gaffer (as Tony 'Nako' Nakonechnyj)
Robert Ogden .... best boy electric
Scott Osterman .... camera loader
Heather Page .... camera operator: "a" camera
Charles Papert .... camera operator: "b" camera
Perry H. Patterson .... camera loader (as Perry Patterson)
Max Pomerleau .... gaffer
Greg Rhineer .... camera operator
David Ricci .... grip (as Dave Ricci)
Craig Steven Riley .... grip
Felix Rivera .... electrician
Allen Rowe .... electrician
Peter Schlanser .... grip
Timmy Schminkle .... grip
George Sugar .... electrician
Cary A. Symmons .... best boy grip (as Cary Symmons)
Eric Turner .... second assistant camera
Thomas Vandermillen .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Lance Jay Velazco .... video assist operator
Fritz 'Bootsy' Webber .... best boy grip
John Wilton .... electrician
William D. Wynn .... key grip (as Bill Wynn)
John D. Young .... grip
Vivian Zink .... still photographer
Christopher A. Zwirner .... electrician
Casting Department
Charlie Messenger .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elena Balshem .... assistant to costume designer
Annie Dunn .... additional costume designer
Kimberly Guenther Durkin .... costume supervisor
Laura Guzik .... costume supervisor
Courtney Kennedy .... costumer
Marie Schley .... costumer
Dana R. Woods .... costumer (as Dana Woods)
Editorial Department
Elisa Cohen .... assistant editor
Sharon McGeeney .... negative cutter
Peter Pav .... editorial production assistant
Mary Pritchard .... assistant editor
Clay Rawlins .... first assistant editor
Pamela Raymer .... associate editor
Jenny Yazedjian .... editorial intern
Music Department
Jennifer Barak .... music editor
Michael Dittrick .... music editor
Patrick Flannery .... music editor
Transportation Department
Robert T. Chestnut .... transportation captain (as Bob Chestnut)
James 'Obee' Oberman .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Gregory Barchie .... assistant production coordinator
Robert Callan .... assistant location manager
Bruce Comtois .... head of security
Casey Erklin .... stand-in
Nick Garrison .... assistant: Mr. Affleck
Kathleen Keller .... production coordinator
Stephen A. Marinaccio II .... production coordinator: re-shoots
Destri Martino .... assistant: Jordan Brady
Patrick McIntire .... location manager
Michael Mullen .... production executive
Christy Powers .... on-set nurse/medic
Tricia Ronten .... script supervisor
Kelly Andrea Rubin .... development
Bob Shapiro .... production controller
John Trujillo .... craft service: third unit
Tim Turner .... production accountant
Kristopher Van Over .... operator: remote head (as Khris Vanover)
Catherine H. Vlasuk .... assistant production coordinator: re-shoots
Lonnie Ramati .... production business affairs (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content/dialogue and brief drug use
Germany:83 min | Japan:91 min | Spain:88 min | Argentina:91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Lauren Graham makes an appearance in this movie as a guest at the party. She and Melissa McCarthy work together on Gilmore Girls, she plays Lorelai and Melissa McCarthy plays Sookie.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Near the end of the movie, when Stanley is leaving Diana's house and decides to turn around and stand up for Diana against Phil, his backup lights do not come on.See more »
Stanley:Phil... Have you ever felt like you were just really meant to be with somebody? Like your whole life was just kind of this big mess that just kinda kept happening up until the day when this unbelievable person came into your life, and then suddently, you know, you didn't feel so lost anymore. You felt like everything you thought you'd been doing wrong in your life, you're actually doing it right, because that whole time she was coming closer to you. You just weren't smart enough to know it. Or...See more »


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16 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A lost treasure. Don't miss this one!, 17 April 2005
Author: bababear from United States

This was on The Movie Channel tonight. I'd never heard of it, but watched it because the cast looked interesting. What a pleasant surprise.

The setup has been done a million times. Shy guy gets up the nerve (after months and months) to ask Beautiful Girl out. Amazingly, she accepts.

People in the office are so amazed at this that they literally make bets and have a party where they keep track of the couple's evening. Their date takes an odd turn when they encounter a very strange homeless man who attaches himself to them and the plot gets stranger and stranger and funnier and funnier.

It has echoes of two of my favorite movies, Blake Edwards's BLIND DATE and Martin Scorcese's AFTER HOURS, but it's totally original.

I guess this was one of those movies that just literally got lost in the shuffle in the turbulent decline of Miramax Films. That's a shame. Did it ever show in theatres? I've never seen it.

The whole cast is great. Even Ben Affleck, here very comfortable in a character part. Maybe he'll have a future as a great character actor and stop making bad movies where he's leading man. There's a good cameo by Matt Damon at the end of the second act that's especially good.

Having read the comments, I know not everyone enjoyed this as much as I did. That's why the multiplex has a dozen auditoriums with different film playing.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it :-)

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