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Alex & Emma (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 20 June 2003 (USA)
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A writer must turn out a novel in thirty days or face the wrath of loan sharks.

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Tony / Flamenco Dancer #2 (as Chino XL)
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Emma Dinsmore / Ylva / Elsa / Eldora / Anna
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Polina's Father
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A romantic comedy: Alex is an author whose writer's block and gambling debts have landed him in a jam. In order get loan sharks off his back, he must finish his novel in 30 days or wind up dead. To help him complete his manuscript he hires stenographer Emma. As Alex begins to dictate his tale of a romantic love triangle to the charming yet somewhat opinionated stenographer, Emma challenges his ideas at every turn. Her unsolicited yet intriguing input begins to inadvertently influence Alex and his story and soon real life begins to imitate art. Written by Anonymous

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Is it love... or are they just imagining things?

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,111,074 (USA) (20 June 2003)

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$14,208,384 (USA) (8 August 2003)
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The plot is loosely based on the life of Fyodor Dostoyevsky, author of "Crime and Punishment". He had promised to complete a new novel by a certain date, but one month before the deadline he hadn't written anything. After a recommendation, he hired a stenographer named Anna, who helped him complete "The Gambler" in 26 days. The plot of "The Gambler", which is based off of one of the author's own experiences, is about a tutor named Alexei who falls in love with Polina, who toys with him. Dostoyevsky and Anna fell in love during the writing process. They later married and had 4 children. See more »

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When Alex and Emma are talking in Alex's bedroom, the time on the alarm clock jumps forward and back several hours. See more »

Quotes

Emma Dinsmore: "Ample bosom"?
Alex: What's wrong with that? It's literary.
Emma Dinsmore: Oh, well, in that case, you forgot the heaving.
Alex: The what?
Emma Dinsmore: In every book I've ever read, whenever there's an ample bosom, there's always heaving.
Alex: What?
Emma Dinsmore: You introduced the bosom. I'm just asking if you want them to heave.
Alex: Fine, let them heave.
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Remake of The Gambler (1997) See more »

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Charleston
Written by James P. Johnson and Cecil Mack
Performed by Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label, a unit of BMG Music
Under license from BMG Special Products
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Cute but too much yada yada yada
24 December 2003 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

In "Alex & Emma" Alex, a writer, Alex (Wilson), spends most of the run dictating a romance novel to his stenographer, Emma (Hudson), in his Boston apartment. As the novel develops, Emma becomes more involved in the process and, of course, in Alex. Periodically the film cuts away to vignettes in the world of the novel with Wilson and Hudson playing the lead characters. As a result we get to watch the couple slowly gravitate toward one another with predictable results. Overall the film is watchable though not memorable, eminently predictable, and relies heavily on Wilson and Hudson. Production value is par, the chemistry is just so-so, the ending is clever and twisty, and the sum of the parts is something which will be most enjoyed by sentimental romcom junkies. (C+)


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