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Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)

R | | Drama | 5 July 2002 (USA)
In New York City, the lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a house-cleaner, a professor and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.

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Chris Hammond, Aspiring Medical Student
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A physics professor approaching middle age decides to change his life with unexpected results. A rising young prosecuting attorney's plans are thrown into disarray as the result of a single careless act while distracted. A woman reluctantly faces her husband's infidelity. An envious insurance claims manager with family problems seeks revenge on a cheerful coworker, but has second thoughts. And an optimistic young cleaning woman awaits a miracle, only to have her faith shaken by a traumatic event. These ordinary people all find themselves asking the fundamental question philosophers have pondered throughout history: What is happiness, and how does one achieve it? Written by Anonymous

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Ask yourself if you're really happy.

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Rated R for language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

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$89,499 (USA) (24 May 2002)

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$3,287,435 (USA) (27 November 2002)
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The films story is inspired by two different head injuries that director Jill Sprecher endured. See more »

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Walker writes the formula for acceleration incorrectly on the blackboard. It should be f/s2, where he writes (f/s)2. Then, a student says: "Don't you have to assume that the velocity is constant during the deceleration period?", and Walker partly agrees. Deceleration means that the velocity (or rather the speed) diminishes - constant velocity means there is no deceleration or acceleration. A physics teacher should never make these mistakes. See more »

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Richard 'Dick' Lacey: I wish, I wish we could see into the future sometimes.
Richard 'Dick' Lacey: That's the problem, isn't it?
Richard 'Dick' Lacey: I mean, life - it only makes sense when you look at it backwards.
Richard 'Dick' Lacey: Too bad we gotta live it forwards.
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Shawn Elliott is correctly spelled in the first set of credits, but is spelled as 'Shawn Elliot" in the end credits. See more »

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References Magnolia (1999) See more »

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Put on a Happy Face
Performed by Matt Monro
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
© 1960 Strada Music (ASCAP)
Administered by Helene Blue Musique LTD
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Uplifting and Eye Opening
26 May 2004 | by (ny) – See all my reviews

What a great film. The ties between these disparate stories are wondrously woven, and the sudden eye-opening twists are amazing. The spare music is a perfect backdrop. The acting is marvelous, with Amy Irving as the neglected wife of the melancholy professor and Alan Arkin playing the driven and lugubrious businessman with lots of problems and. I hardly realized who it was until halfway through the movie. I would compare this movie to other great art movies such as My Dinner With Andre, My Brilliant Career, Days of Heaven. It evoked in me similar emotions. If you are feeling down and want a big lift, I highly recommend this wonderful film. It deserves an 8 out of 10.


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