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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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5 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Alex
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Kathleen Roll ...
Waitress
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Leslie
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Hostess
Jacqueline Heinze ...
Rita
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Laura
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Vesa
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Solly
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Scott
BJ Porter ...
Flight Attendant (as B.J. Porter)
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Child's Mom (as Jen Dollard)
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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.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and sexuality, including sexual dialogue
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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 »

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Joey: This belief thing kills me. It's like, all theological concepts are basically unprovable. So they invented faith. Which was genius!
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Referenced in The Comedians of Comedy (2005) See more »

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Conversation: the movie, you'll feel like you're actually conversing
6 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

Melvin (Writer Micheal Blieden, adapting his own stage play for the small screen), meets up with friends, old and new, over dinner and has a conversation about ghosts, religion, sex, secrets, and religion (not necessarily in that order). The conversation itself is engaging and flows nicely, but the scenes out of the restaurant,though not without merit (David Cross, Jack Black, and Maura Tierney, have good parts in said parts), tend to mess up the flow of the film somewhat. And based on the film I'd be interested in seeing the play.

My Grade: B-

DVD Extras: Commentary by Bob Odenkirk, Micheal Blieden, and cast members; Second Commentary by Odenkirk, Blieden, the producers, composer, and Cinematographer; "The Frank International Film Festical" (a funny 15 minute skit); Scenes from the stage play Phyro-Giants!"; Trailers for "the Slaughter Rule", "Swimming", "Mule Skinner Blues", "Searching for Paradise", "the Hired Hand", "the Other Side of the Bed", "In This World", "Dopamine", and a promo for the Sundance film series

DVD-ROM: Screenplay in PDF format


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