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Two alternating stories about Melinda's (Mitchell) attempts to straighten out her life.

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Storyline

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 »

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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

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: I was just rubbing this lamp hoping to change my life.
Ellis Moonsong: Well, I believe in magic. In the end I think it's the only thing that can save us.
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Connections

References My Dinner with Andre (1981) 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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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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