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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony / Flamenco Dancer #2 (as Chino XL)
Bobby / Flamenco Dancer #1
Emma Dinsmore / Ylva / Elsa / Eldora / Anna
Whistling John Shaw
Alexander Wauthier ...
Andre Delacroix
Leili Kramer ...
Michele Delacroix
Polina's Father
Madame Blanche
François Giroday ...
Bus Driver


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?


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 June 2003 (USA)  »

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Loosely Based on a True Love Story  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$14,208,384 (USA) (8 August 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The plot for this movie comes roughly from the life of Fyodor Dostoyevsky (author of "Crime and Punishment"). He had promised to complete a new novel by a certain date, but had not written any of it yet when there was only one month left before the deadline. After a recommendation, he hired a stenographer named Anna, who helped him complete the book ("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 (Alexei) who falls in love with Polina, who toys with him. During the writing process, Dostoyevsky and the stenographer fall in love; they later marry and have 4 children. Thus the movie mirrors loosely both Dostoyevsky's life and the novel he wrote during that time. See more »


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


Alex: I think I'm in love with you.
Emma Dinsmore: I think I couldn't care less.
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Remake of Holiday for Henrietta (1952) See more »


Written by Antonín Dvorák (as Antonin Dvorak) and Hans Lengsfelder
Performed by Comedy Harmonists
Courtesy of Living Era
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2 May 2004 | by (Richlands, North Carolina) – See all my reviews

I thought it was sort of cute, Luke Wilson once again achieves my high respects as does Rob and Kate. I adored the movie so much I watched it three times in two days. If you aren't impatient though, I wouldn't say this is a film for you. The ending was kind of unrealistic, but I don't think it really was supposed to be realistic. The part with the Flamingo Dancers was funny, and it had a great script. It was, oh, how could I say it? Charming. Rob Reiner did a great job directing it, and it just adds on to the long list of great films he's done. I would recommend it if you are a Hudson or Wilson fan.

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