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20 June 2003 (USA) See more »
Is it love... or are they just imagining things?
A writer must turn out a novel in thirty days or face the wrath of loan sharks. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Luke Wilson ... Alex Sheldon / Adam Shipley

Derek Barbosa ... Tony / Flamenco Dancer #2 (as Chino XL)

Lobo Sebastian ... Bobby / Flamenco Dancer #1

Rob Reiner ... Wirschafter

Kate Hudson ... Emma Dinsmore / Ylva / Elsa / Eldora / Anna

Paul Willson ... Whistling John Shaw

David Paymer ... John Shaw

Sophie Marceau ... Polina Delacroix
Alexander Wauthier ... Andre Delacroix
Leili Kramer ... Michele Delacroix

Rip Taylor ... Polina's Father

Gigi Bermingham ... Madame Blanche

Jordan Lund ... Claude
François Giroday ... Croupier

Robert Costanzo ... Bus Driver

Cloris Leachman ... Grandmother
Earl Carroll ... Bernard Pompier

Jordi Caballero ... Flamenco Dancer #3

Michael St. Michaels ... Casino Owner (as Michael Rappaport)

Danica Sheridan ... Receptionist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Camden Munson ... Scooter Boy (uncredited)

John H. Tobin ... Croupier (uncredited)

Directed by
Rob Reiner 
Writing credits
Jeremy Leven (written by)

Produced by
Todd Black .... producer
Jason Blumenthal .... executive producer
Alan Greisman .... producer
Peter Guber .... executive producer
James Holt .... co-producer (as James A. Holt)
Jeremy Leven .... producer
Joseph Merhi .... co-producer
Rob Reiner .... producer
Elie Samaha .... producer
Adam Scheinman .... co-producer
Tracee Stanley .... co-producer
Jeffrey Stott .... executive producer
Steve Tisch .... executive producer
Original Music by
Marc Shaiman 
Cinematography by
Gavin Finney 
Film Editing by
Alan Edward Bell 
Robert Leighton 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
Production Design by
John Larena 
Art Direction by
Helen Harwell 
Set Decoration by
Andi Brittan 
Costume Design by
Shay Cunliffe 
Makeup Department
Jennifer Bell .... hair department head
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist: Kate Hudson
Carol Collini .... makeup artist: Ms.Leachman
Renata Helfman .... makeup artist: Luke Wilson
Pam Phillips .... makeup artist
Colette Slattery .... hair stylist
Ronnie Specter .... makeup artist: Kate Hudson
Rita Troy .... key hair stylist
Patty York .... makeup department head
K. Troy Zestos .... hair stylist: Luke Wilson
Production Management
Alice S. Kim .... post-production supervisor
Catherine S. McComb .... production supervisor
Jeffrey Stott .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melissa V. Barnes .... second second assistant director
Frank Capra III .... first assistant director
Todd Y. Murata .... second assistant director
Brent Stanton .... second second assistant director (day player)
Art Department
Roger Baer .... construction foreman
James Davidson Bennett .... set dresser
Scott Buckwald .... property master
Megan Malley Cannon .... buyer (as Megan Malley)
Martin Charles .... graphic designer
Camellia Cox .... intern
Jon De Pabon .... painter
Kristrune Jolfsdottir .... intern
Stephen Lynd .... art production assistant
Joe Monaco .... set dresser
John Pollard .... on-set dresser
Christopher Schultz .... gang boss
F. Andrew Scott .... stand-by painter
Abigail Sheiner .... art department coordinator
Brent Smith .... set dresser
Eric Steinway .... leadman
Walter Weiss .... carpenter (as Wally Weiss)
Gaston Wurth .... set dresser
Sound Department
Neal J. Anderson .... dialogue editor (as Neal Anderson)
Lon Bender .... supervising sound editor (as Lon E. Bender)
Bob Bowman .... first assistant sound editor
David Buell .... adr recordist
Perry Dodgson .... boom operator
Robert Eber .... sound mixer
Paul Flinchbaugh .... digital audio assistant
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Dan Hegeman .... sound effects editor
Chris Hogan .... adr editor
J. Stanley Johnston .... re-recording mixer (as Stanley Johnston)
David Kudell .... assistant sound editor
David Kudell .... digital audio assistant
Anna MacKenzie .... adr editor
Mark L. Mangino .... sound effects editor
Kimberly R. McCord-Wilson .... dialogue editor (as Kimberly McCord-Wilson)
James Moriana .... foley artist
David Raymond .... utility sound
Melissa Sherwood Hofmann .... re-recording mixer (as Melissa S. Hofmann)
Christopher Sidor .... sound recordist
Paul P. Soucek .... adr editor
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Karen Vassar Triest .... sound editor (as Karen Vassar)
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Bart Dion .... special effects
Dennis Dion .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Michael Caplan .... visual effects producer
Ron Crabb .... matte painter
Kirk Douglas .... visual effects
Josh Hayes .... storyboard artist (as Joshua Hayes)
Eric Heavens .... digital compositor
John K. Jenkins .... head of pre-viz
John Myers .... visual effects executive producer: Ring of Fire
Michael S. Pryor .... visual effects producer
Dan Schmit .... visual effects producer
Jerry Spivack .... animation supervisor: main titles
Jerry Spivack .... visual effects supervisor
One Danny Yoon .... digital compositor
Donna Evans .... stunts
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunt coordinator
Jeremy Fitzgerald .... stunts
Steve Kelso .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Norman Ash .... set lighting technician
Paul Birk .... electrician
Jeff Case .... key grip
John T. Connor .... assistant camera
Brandon M. Cox .... film loader
Scott Crabbe .... video assist operator
Don Estes .... grip
Carlos M. Gallardo .... grip (as Carlos Gallardo)
Bob Gorelick .... Steadicam operator
Bob Gorelick .... camera operator
Paul Hazard .... best boy rigging electric
Brendan Keefe .... electrician: Boston
James Keys .... rigging gaffer
Scott Kidner .... assistant chief lighting technician
Serge Nofield .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Bill Pollock .... best boy
Chis Rountree .... grip
David W. Slodki .... lighting console programmer
Suzanne Tenner .... still photographer
Frans Wetterings III .... gaffer: Boston
Greg Wimer .... first assistant camera
Eric Komar .... dolly grip: "a" camera, second unit (uncredited)
Ron Newburn .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Michelle Lewitt .... casting associate
Jocelyn E. Thomas .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Lax .... costume shopper
Mary Beth Ramsey .... set costumer
Robin Roberts .... costume supervisor
Candice Sabbah .... costumer: Ms. Hudson (as Candice Sabbah Dobkousky)
Tim Wegman .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Aaron Marshall .... first assistant editor
David Orr .... color timer
Tom Scully .... assistant editor
Jim Towne .... assistant editor
Location Management
Michael Wesley Aycock .... assistant location manager
Mark Fitzgerald .... location manager
Robbie Goldstein .... location manager
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... conductor
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Frank Bennett .... orchestrator
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
Vincent Cirilli .... scoring
Jane Antonia Cornish .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
George Doering .... musician
Bruce Dukov .... concert master
Jon Kull .... orchestrator
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator
Carl Rydlund .... orchestrator
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Scott Stambler .... music editor
Diana Stata .... music clearances
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Nick Vidar .... music programmer
Laura Ziffren .... music supervisor (as Laura Z. Wasserman)
Transportation Department
Adrian Cannon .... driver: Mr. Reiner
Kelsey Kimes .... driver
Mike Miliotti .... driver: production van
Jack Jay Reece .... driver (as Jay Reece)
Timothy Sheehan .... transportation captain
Other crew
Nicole Anderson .... craft service: Boston unit
Bostic Beard .... set assistant: Mr. Reiner
Bill Blair .... casino technical advisor
Jordi Caballero .... choreographer
Robert C. Campion .... production accountant
Bridget Carroll .... set production assistant
Jeffrey Caruso .... production secretary
Angie Lee Cobbs .... assistant: Ms. Hudson
Olivia d'Albis .... title designer: main titles
Michael Damski .... production assistant
David Ducar .... business and legal affairs
David Falicki .... set medic
Michael Frayeh .... assistant production accountant
Michael Frayeh .... post-production accountant
Michael D. Gillis .... assistant: Mr. Wilson (as Mike Gillis)
Bill Hardy .... key set production assistant
Susan Hegarty .... dialect coach
James Henderson .... stand-in: Mr. Wilson
Ryce Hetherington .... production assistant
Lindsay Hudson .... construction medic
Jerry P. Jacobs .... production executive
Pam Jones .... assistant: Mr. Reiner
Alice S. Kim .... assistant: Mr. Stott
Micki Krimmel .... production assistant
Tiffany Leclere .... business affairs executive (as Tiffany K. Boehmke)
Keith Lesser .... assistant: Mr. Greisman
Scott Masterson .... set production assistant: Boston
Kathy McCullen .... stand-in: Kate Hudson (as Kathleen McCullen)
Julie McKinnon .... stand-in
Kerry Lyn McKissick .... script supervisor
Dauv McNeely .... computer and video playback technician
Annette Montalvan .... set production assistant
Paulette Osorio .... unit publicist
Nancy Patterson .... stenographer
Danielle Perry .... stand-in: Ms. Hudson: Boston
Benjamin R. Reder .... production counsel
Marci Rosenberg Gayner .... production coordinator (as Marci Rosenberg)
Sabrina Somma .... rigging medic
Kenny Vasquez .... set production assistant
Tracy J. Ware .... masseuse
Ian Watermeier .... production executive
Troy Waters .... marine coordinator
Lavinia Zetina .... payroll accountant

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some language
USA:96 min | Argentina:96 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The bio on the back of Alex's first book reads, "Alex Sheldon has worked for many years in the Boston area. He is currently not married and lives very much alone."See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Emma Dinsmore:What's your book about?
Alex:It's the story of a man who's frightened of commitment yet so desperately in love with a woman he's afraid it might kill him. It's a comedy.
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Movie Connections:
References The Princess Bride (1987)See more »
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29 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
When Alex Met Emma..., 14 November 2003
Author: MovieAddict2016 from UK

I will admit that I went into "Alex & Emma" with great hesitation, but came out with a renewed feeling of surprisement. Here's a film that got bad word of mouth from press screenings and essentially flopped -- but I enjoyed it. It's not as clever a contrast between the sexes as "When Harry Met Sally...," and it's not quite as fun as "Sleepless in Seattle." But, for all it's worth, I consider one of the better romantic comedies of 2003.

Luke Wilson is Alex, a genius writer living in a crusty apartment in Manhattan. He has thirty days to write a full-length work of fiction and turn it into his publisher for over one hundred grand, otherwise the Cuban Mafia is going to hunt him down and kill him. Why? He owes them 100,000 dollars of his income.

Kate Hudson is Emma, a stenographer hired by Alex to transcribe his words onto paper, since his laptop was smashed up by the Cubans. She begins the job with hesitation and offers helpful advice from a reader's perspective throughout the process.

Meanwhile, we get a story-within-a-story when the film moves from Alex's world to Adam's, the subject of Alex's novel. Adam (Wilson) is heading to the fictional island of St. Charles, located near Maine. I missed why he was coming in the first place because I have a short attention span, but it had something to do with collecting a payment.

When he arrives, he meets a beautiful French woman (Sophie Marceau) and the man who wants to marry her (David Paymer). The only problem is that he finds himself falling for her, too. And the woman's servant, Ylsa, or Illsa, or...I forget, they kept changing her name, from Swedish to German to Latino to American. I don't remember who she finally turned out to be. Let's just say Ylsa ("spelled the way it sounds," Alex says), also played by Kate Hudson.

Life parallels fiction. Of course, I guessed the "surprise" twist of it all about a mile away. But that didn't matter, because this is a pretty funny movie. There are some great one-liners and little gags, especially for writers. It spoofs the process of it all. Of course, if you view the movie with a critical eye you'll find many flaws. (Roger Ebert pointed out that Alex, when dictating, never seems to pause to find words and never messes up sentences, but's a movie, how interesting would it be if he just kept starting his sentences over and over?)

But some of the jokes are very funny. For example, during his writing process, Emma interrupts to tell Alex that the name "Ylsa" is not spelled the way it sounds. He says it is. She says it would be, "Ilsa." He disagrees. So in his book, he makes the character Adam ask how it is spelled, and he has Ylsa, respond, "Y-l-s-a, spelled just how it sounds."

Rob Reiner takes a small role as Alex's publisher. When writing out his check to Alex he says, "Now, is it made out to Cuban Mafia or The Cuban Mafia?" I love this stuff. Reiner has directed some great films in his past ("This is Spinal Tap," "The Princess Bride," "When Harry Met Sally," "A Few Good Men," am I missing any?). He has directed another winner.

I really don't understand this film's negative reviews. Okay, so it isn't the most original film to come along in years, but what film is?Compared to so many other "romantic comedies," this one made me laugh. A lot more than I thought I would. After starting to grow weary of Luke Wilson after seeing his smug role in "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde," I was surprised by his turn here. He's getting back to his roots. Kate Hudson (daughter of Goldie Hawn) has yet to really surprise me in any way, but she's not too bad.

When I occasionally enjoy a movie that got bad reviews, I can usually see why the movie got them. Here, on the other hand, I can not really see what the problem is. It's got a simple premise, a cute story, engaging leads, and an interesting story with more than a handful of laughs. I laughed less at last year's "The Hot Chick" and that was considered a comedy. So is this a bad movie? No, I don't think so. Not at all. But, apparently, many people do. It's too bad.

Note: There's a direct reference to "When Harry Met Sally..." in this film. Emma says she always turns to the last page of a book before she reads it. If you recall, Billy Crystal said the same thing one time back in 1989.

3/4 stars -

John Ulmer

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