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Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003)

Award-winning comedy about a lonely young man who finds himself at a restaurant with two strangers and his best friend.



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Child's Mom (as Jen Dollard)


Award-winning comedy about a lonely young man who finds himself at a restaurant with two strangers and his best friend.

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Marital infidelity, religion, a guy in heaven wearing a Wizards jersey, anal fetishes, cigarettes and schizophrenia, ghosts, and how it's going to get worse before it gets better.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality, including sexual dialogue


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Release Date:

4 December 2003 (USA)  »

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Phyro-Giants  »

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After they all leave the restaurant, Alex and Sarah are walking and the shadow of the camera and cameraman is visible on the wall by Alex. See more »


Joey: That is the most undignified thing I've ever heard of. I mean, this guy is the laughing stock of heaven right now!
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Referenced in The Comedians of Comedy (2005) See more »

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great film
13 July 2003 | by (austin, texas) – See all my reviews

I just saw this film at the Alamo Drafthouse and loved it. It seemed very real...I've had dinners with friends like that [although my life is terribly tame comparatively]. sure some of the stories seemed outlandish but within the context of the story believable. It was so well acted. Each of the characters were interesting and likeable. I didn't want the film to end.

The screenwriter Michael Bleiden did a Q&A after the show and it was amazing to learn that a lot of the stories were true [everything that happened in Houston, for example].

This film might not get distribution in wide release but it is coming to DVD in December. There were cameras at the show to capture the crowd and the Q&A sessions.

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