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Melinda and Melinda (2004)

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

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Man with Dog
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Al, Louise, Max and Sy - four literary types who work in the theater business - are discussing what they believe to be the real life truths underlying their work, Max who writes primarily tragic plays, and Sy who writes primarily comic plays. Al proceeds to tell them a real story of a troubled woman named Melinda Robicheaux showing up unexpectedly at a door in the middle of an important business dinner party. Melinda long ago left her physician husband to embark on a relationship with who she initially believed to be the man of her dreams, which ended up not being the case. Melinda tries to put her life back together with the help of select people at the dinner party, some who have their own ulterior motives. Melinda's appearance also opens up the cracks existing in the marriage of one of the couples at the dinner party, while it leads to the dissolution of a friendship that has existed since college. With this basic outline of a story, Max and Sy try to make their point of life being... Written by Huggo

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One love story. Two versions. Seriously funny. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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8 April 2005 (USA)  »

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Melinda & Melinda  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$3,825,351 (USA) (17 June 2005)
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In one of the beginning scenes for the "drama" version of Melinda's tale the battery pack for her microphone creates a very noticeable bulge in the lower back of her shirt. Whenever she stands up from leaning on the kitchen table the bulge turns into the shape of a square. See more »

Quotes

Hobie: So, I have to ask you, how'd you go from living on the Upper East Side to St. Louis?
Melinda: I moved there for him. He was gorgeous. He was talented, he was sexy, he was a doctor, he was charming...
Hobie: Yes, but where's the attraction?
Melinda: He just knew how to touch me.
Hobie: You mean emotionally?
Melinda: No, with his hands.
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Connections

References The Broadway Melody (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

String Quartet No. 4
(1927)
Written by Béla Bartók
Performed by the Shanghai Quartet
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User Reviews

 
2 disparate views of the past and future from the same present.
26 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This presentation is original and clever; very nicely twisted from the Rashamon perceptions of several disparate pasts. As usual, Woody is very perceptive and a master of dialog, especially in fracturing relationships.

I noted that the "comedy" writer was heavily focused on the tragic elements of his plot line, while the "tragedy" writer saw little humor in his plot line. Actually, the 2 writers did not seem to differ very much at all in their views. It does not appear that Woody finds life very humorous. Rather, he finds humorous elements in mundane and sad events.

More obviously, most of the characters sound just like Woody. The comedy writer might as well have been Woody and Will Ferrell is a Woody stand-in. Several of the others, including the women, had numerous "Woody" moments. It seems like the actors and even the screen are interfering with Woody's attempts to present his art. Unlike other directors who expect the actors to climb into the characters, Woody seems to ask the actors to stand still while he paints them as the characters. Would he prefer to simple do a monologue?


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