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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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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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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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

Radha Mitchell received her role without an audition. Woody Allen saw her in Ten Tiny Love Stories (2002) and liked it so much that he decided to cast her. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Melinda: You're the piano player.
Ellis Moonsong: Not any more. I'm on a break. A mysterious stranger has, uh, temporarily taken over, and I must say she plays beautifully. Hey, are your eyes misting over?
Melinda: The song... it's meaningful to me. It was playing the night I met someone.
Ellis Moonsong: So, are they tears of sorrow or tears of joy?
Melinda: Well, aren't they the same tears?
Ellis Moonsong: Yeah.
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Connections

Referenced in The Knights of Prosperity: Operation: Ralph (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
(1938)
Music by Duke Ellington
Lyrics by Irving Mills, Henry Nemo & John Redmond
Performed by Duke Ellington, Dick Hyman
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Leaden
13 May 2005 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Woody Allen has lost his ability to write dialogue or characters that are clearly distinguishable from each other. This is the case with "Melinda and Melinda," where all the characters speak with Allen's generic pseudo-sophistication and have problems and points of view that are not relatable to anyone outside of a four block radius of where Allen lives. They also share the same curious condition of being able to afford multi-million dollar Manhattan apartments that appear to have been designed by professional decorators regardless of their financial situation or what they do for a living.

The only character who exists outside of this dull mindset is Will Ferrel as the obligatory Woody Allen surrogate. Although he does not simply come off as merely doing a Woody Allen impression (like Kenneth Branagh in the god-awful "Celebrity"), Ferrel lacks the charm or charisma that the real Woody had when he was playing the part himself in his best movies.

The end result is another in a string of self indulgent bores from a once-great filmmaker who has been trading in on his former reputation for years.


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