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Alex & Emma (2003)

 -  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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Emma Dinsmore / Ylva / Elsa / Eldora / Anna
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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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20 June 2003 (USA)  »

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Loosely Based on a True Love Story  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$114,881 (South Africa) (19 September 2003)

Gross:

$215,481 (South Africa) (3 October 2003)
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Despite what Emma believes, Ylva *is* a Swedish name. See more »

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When the guys break into their apartment to scare them, Emma is holding her hands over her mouth the entire time in fear. In the first shot both sleeves of her shirt are down to her wrist. In the next shot the left sleeve is down and the right sleeve is pulled up. In the last shot both sleeves are down again. See more »

Quotes

Emma Dinsmore: Who is she?
Alex Sheldon: She's this pain-in-the-ass au pair.
Ylva: [Swedish accent] Well, here we are.
Adam Shipley: Thanks, um...
Ylva: Ylva.
Adam Shipley: Ylva. Now that's a beautiful name. How do you spell it?
Ylva: Y-L-V-A.
Adam Shipley: Ah. Just like it sounds.
Emma Dinsmore: Very funny!
Alex Sheldon: What? I take it from life.
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References Charade (1963) See more »

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Limehouse Blues
Written by Philip Braham and Douglas Furber
Performed by Fletcher Henderson
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under licence from Universal Music Enterprises
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When Alex Met Emma: neither the worst nor the best of Reiner

Alex and Emma (2003) Luke Wilson, Kate Hudson, Sophie Marceau, David Paymer, Alexander Wauthier, Leili Kramer, Rob Reiner, Rip Taylor, Cloris Leachman, D: Rob Reiner. Disappointingly lightweight WHEN HARRY MET SALLY-ish romantic comedy, especially with Reiner's stroke of novelty and use of charm, has Hudson in five roles with not all of them genuine. Deceitful hypochondriac (Wilson) who writes books for a living gets himself in a jam when he has to make a $100 grand for a pair of Cuban Mafia loan sharks in thirty days by writing another work of fiction so he doesn't wind up six feet under. So he hires an opinionated stenographer (Hudson) to help him sculpt a love triangle on paper that then percolates into a real-life romance budding between the two. Though both stories soon come together, the trouble with the film is that it flips pages back and forth from its outside story set in contemporary Boston to a New England island set in the 1920s for its story within a story, which is rich in tedium. A line spoken from Hudson about Wilson's fictional triangle is exactly like the film itself; the story shoves itself into a corner, where it has nowhere to go except a typically old-fashioned and too quickly enfolded finale. What redeems the film is its endearing leads and airy sense of romance, and occasionally a witty one-liner. Running Time: 96 minutes and rated PG-13 for language and sexual content. **


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