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Melinda and Melinda (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  29 October 2004 (Spain)
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Two alternating stories about Melinda's (Mitchell) attempts to straighten out her life.

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Man with Dog
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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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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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29 October 2004 (Spain)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$206,233 (Brazil) (27 May 2005)

Gross:

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

Due to the limited budget, Radha Mitchell, an Australian, couldn't have a dialect coach for her role as an American. 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: Did I tell you I played Uncle Vanya once? With a limp. It was interesting.
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Connections

Featured in Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #12.116 (2005) See more »

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String Quartet No. 4
(1927)
Written by Béla Bartók
Performed by the Shanghai Quartet
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The decadence of a director.
7 September 2005 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

I've always been a great fan of Woody Allen and always will be for most of what he did in the past, but only a blind lover could ignore how dull, meaningless, pretentious and most of all horrendously acted this movie is. A vacuous mental masturbation based on inconsistent grounds. And what a disastrous idea to artificially recreate a presumed "actor Allen-clone", that is putting into Will Farrell's mouth and gestures what Allen would have done in Farrell's place had he been 30 years younger. The outcome was obviously ludicrous. And not to speak of the dialogues... what was intended to be philosophical reflections turned into an involuntary mockery of intellectual pondering, unaware of its comic effect. How sad...


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