MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 35 this week

Alex & Emma (2003)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  20 June 2003 (USA)
5.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.5/10 from 10,214 users   Metascore: 32/100
Reviews: 103 user | 74 critic | 35 from Metacritic.com

A writer must turn out a novel in thirty days or face the wrath of loan sharks.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 47 titles
created 03 Nov 2012
 
list image
a list of 26 titles
created 18 Feb 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 12 Apr 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 26 Jun 2013
 
a list of 46 titles
created 26 Jun 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Alex & Emma" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Alex & Emma (2003)

Alex & Emma (2003) on IMDb 5.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Alex & Emma.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A best man (Wilson) stays on as a houseguest with the newlyweds, much to the couple's annoyance.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Stars: Kate Hudson, Owen Wilson, Matt Dillon
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Benjamin Barry is an advertising executive and ladies' man who, to win a big campaign, bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. Andie Anderson covers the "How To" beat for "Composure" magazine and is assigned to write an article on "How to Lose a Guy in 10 days." They meet in a bar shortly after the bet is made.

Director: Donald Petrie
Stars: Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Goldberg
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A lawyer decides that she's used too much like a nanny by her boss, so she walks out on him.

Director: Marc Lawrence
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Alicia Witt
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he's finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the very next day.

Director: Peter Segal
Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider
Hitch I (2005)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

While helping his latest client woo the fine lady of his dreams, a professional "date doctor" finds that his game doesn't quite work on the gossip columnist with whom he's smitten.

Director: Andy Tennant
Stars: Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young woman with a Southern background runs away from her husband in Alabama and reinvents herself as a New York socialite.

Director: Andy Tennant
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Lucas
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Anna Foster has never had an ordinary life. At eighteen years old, she is the most protected girl in America; she is the First Daughter. Frustrated with her overprotective father, the ... See full summary »

Director: Andy Cadiff
Stars: Mandy Moore, Matthew Goode, Mark Harmon
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two business rivals hate each other at the office but fall in love over the internet.

Director: Nora Ephron
Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear
The Holiday (2006)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.

Director: Nancy Meyers
Stars: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law
Sydney White (2007)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A modern retelling of Snow White set against students in their freshman year of college in the greek system.

Director: Joe Nussbaum
Stars: Amanda Bynes, Sara Paxton, Matt Long
She's the Man (2006)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When her brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks in London, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguises herself as him, and proceeds to fall for one of her soccer teammates. Little does she realize she's not the only one with romantic troubles, as she, as he, gets in the middle of a series of intermingled love affairs.

Director: Andy Fickman
Stars: Amanda Bynes, Laura Ramsey, Channing Tatum
27 Dresses (2008)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After serving as a bridesmaid 27 times, a young woman wrestles with the idea of standing by her sister's side as her sibling marries the man she's secretly in love with.

Director: Anne Fletcher
Stars: Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Akerman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Tony / Flamenco Dancer #2
...
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
...
Claude
François Giroday ...
Croupier
...
Bus Driver
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

20 June 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Loosely Based on a True Love Story  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$215,481 (South Africa) (3 October 2003)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The German version of the film supplants the Germans-such-as-Adolf Hitler gag with Russians-such-as-Joseph Stalin. See more »

Goofs

In the restaurant, the pepper on Emma's fork goes from a straight piece to one with a curly end and then back to the straight piece again. See more »

Quotes

Emma Dinsmore: If they're not in agony, then it can't be love!
See more »

Connections

Remake of Holiday for Henrietta (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

It All Depends on You
Written by Les Brown, Buddy G. DeSylva (as BG De Sylvia) and Ray Henderson
Performed by Jess Harnell
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Endearing Hybrid of ADAPTATION and PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES
21 January 2004 | by (Whitehall, PA) – See all my reviews

Rob Reiner's return to the romantic comedy genre starts out pleasant but unremarkable -- that is, until the Central Casting Cuban loan sharks leave (though it's funny when they appear in the novel-within-the-movie as shady flamenco dancers) and wastrel writer Alex Sheldon (any relation to Paul Sheldon in Reiner's earlier adaptation of MISERY? Hmm... :-) starts dictating his novel to smart, opinionated stenographer Emma Dinsmore. That's when ALEX & EMMA springs to life like a goofy cross between ADAPTATION and PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES. Luke Wilson is likable enough as Alex, but I must admit I think his brother Owen Wilson would've brought more verve and magnetism to the role. (Man, Owen Wilson and Kate Hudson together on the big screen -- I'd pay full admission price for that! But I digress... :-) As Emma, our household fave Kate Hudson plays a slightly starchier brunette version of her usual endearing self. In particular, she seems to be having great fun playing not only Emma, but also several variations of the same constantly-revamped au pair/cook/all-purpose domestic in Alex's novel-in-progress as it's enacted onscreen. I liked Emma as soon as I realized she and I share a certain quirk: we both like to read the end of books before buying them (albeit for slightly different reasons: Emma feels if the ending isn't good, it's a waste of time to read the book, whereas I like to see how the rest of the book happened to lead up to that particular ending. But I'm digressing again -- this movie had that effect on me; make of that what you will! :-)! I think writers would appreciate ALEX AND EMMA more than most moviegoers, if only because it does a pretty good job of getting into a writer's head, and the gags involving the novel-within-the-film are funny and inventive. Interestingly, ALEX & EMMA is very loosely based on Dostoyevsky's relationship with his stenographer, who he wed in real life. In fact, the movie's original title, LOOSELY BASED ON A TRUE LOVE STORY, would also have fit the novel-within-the-film, which turns out to have more parallels with Alex's real-life experiences than he'd previously admitted. (THOSE SWEET WORDS would've been a good title as well, especially since that's also the name of the Norah Jones song over the end credits.) Anyway, ALEX & EMMA would be a nice "date movie" for writers and the people who love them; now that it's available on home video, why not rent it for a snuggly movie-watching evening at home? :-)


12 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Worst Film Of All time adamhill80
This movie was awesome!!! swirlyhat888
Is this a "Remake" of "Paris-When It Sizzles?" nocturnerose
Very surprised to see this movie with a relatively low score. richard-145
big goof for location TheSausageKingOfChicago
Stenography idontknowdoyou
Discuss Alex & Emma (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?