Melinda and Melinda (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  8 April 2005 (USA)
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Two alternating stories about Melinda's (Mitchell) attempts to straighten out her life.



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Over a meal in a French restaurant, Sy poses a conundrum to his fellow diners: Is the essence of life comic or tragic? For the sake of argument, he tells a story, which the others then embellish to illustrate their takes on life. The story starts as follows: A young Manhattan couple, Park Avenue princess Laurel and tippling actor Lee, throw a dinner party to impress Lee's would-be producer when their long-lost friend Melinda appears at their front door, bedraggled and woebegone. In the tragic version of what happens next, the beautiful intruder is a disturbed woman who got bored with her Midwestern doctor-husband and dumped him for a photographer. Her husband took the children away and she spiraled into a suicidal depression that landed her straight-jacketed in a mental ward. In the comic version, Melinda is childless and a downstairs neighbor to the dinner hosts, who are ambitious Indy filmmaker Susan and under-employed actor Hobie. Back and forth the stories go, contrasting the ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Life can be a comedy or a tragedy, it all depends on how you look at it. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for adult situations involving sexuality, and some substance material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Melinda & Melinda  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$147,395 (Italy) (14 January 2005)


$606,549 (Brazil) (1 July 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Demetri Martin auditioned for the role that was vacated by Robert Downey Jr. and taken over by Will Ferrell. See more »


When Melinda, Walt and Hobie are watching the first race at the race track, Walt says, "No! You did not bet on Bedazzler! That's a nine-to-one horse!" There then follows a scene of Melinda and Hobie talking, following by another scene of them watching a horse race with Walt, in which the dialogue track has been removed from underneath the musical score. However, if you look at Walt's lips during this second scene, he is clearly saying, once again, "No! You did not bet on Bedazzler! That's a nine-to-one horse!" See more »


Susan: You look a little carsick.
Hobie: Why, 'cause I'm the color of guacamole?
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Features The Black Cat (1934) See more »


Cat Scream
from "The Black Cat"
Written and Performed by Heinz Roemheld
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It's like most actors are doing Woody Allen impressions
4 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I couldn't wait to see this movie. About half way through the movie, I couldn't wait for it to end. All of the (white) actors were delivering their lines like Woody Allen had just said, "Say it like this..." Then they said their lines on screen like they were trying to imitate Woody Allen. It was so annoying. We all know how Will Ferrell really talks, and he doesn't stumble over his words like Mr. Allen. The comedy portion of this film was just as boring as the tragedy and definitely never funny or even entertaining. I must admit that I have never been a major Woody Allen fan, and this movie definitely has not converted me. I think that his writing was just as bad as his direction. This movie will go down as one of the worst 10 movies I have ever seen.

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