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Romance blooms between two thirty-somethings in arrested development: an avid toy collector who is the dark horse of his family and a depressed woman on the rebound. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Melisa Young ... Wedding Singer

Jordan Gelber ... Abe

Selma Blair ... Miranda (formerly 'Vi')

Mia Farrow ... Phyllis

Christopher Walken ... Jackie

Zachary Booth ... Justin

Donna Murphy ... Marie

Tyler Maynard ... Jiminy

Mary Joy ... Lori

Peter McRobbie ... Arnie

Justin Bartha ... Richard

Aasif Mandvi ... Mahmoud

Di Quon ... Waitress

Lee Wilkof ... Phil
Tara-Lee Pollin ... Dancing Bride
Keith Kuhl ... Dancing Groom
Kathryn Avery ... Dancer (as Kathryn Meredith Avery)
Laurena Baros ... Dancer

Courtney Cooper ... Dancer

Daniel Genalo ... Dancer

Nicole Guidetti ... Dancer
Brian Henninger ... Dancer

Graham Kurtz ... Dancer

Leah O'Donnell ... Dancer
Cody Rigsby ... Dancer
Steven Rosa ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kenneth Maharaj ... Store Clerk (uncredited)
Stephanie Mas ... Dancer (uncredited)

Kimberly McVicar ... Dancer (uncredited)
Abe Mendel ... Accountant (uncredited)

Michela Pantano ... Dancer (uncredited)

Edward Sass III ... Movie Patron (uncredited)

Mark Steiger ... Dancer At Wedding (uncredited)

Directed by
Todd Solondz 
Writing credits
Todd Solondz (written by)

Produced by
Juan Basanta .... producer: Dominican Republic
Ted Hope .... producer
Rafael Munoz .... line producer: Dominican Republic
Nick Quested .... executive producer
Craig Shilowich .... associate producer
Derrick Tseng .... producer
Cinematography by
Andrij Parekh 
Film Editing by
Kevin Messman 
Casting by
Ann Goulder 
Gayle Keller 
Production Design by
Alex DiGerlando 
Art Direction by
Dawn Masi 
Set Decoration by
Kris Moran 
Costume Design by
Kurt and Bart 
Makeup Department
Jochy Campusano .... makeup artist: Dominican Republic
Daisy Curbeon .... key hair stylist
David Kalahiki .... hair department head
Rondi Scott .... makeup department head
Emily Ansel .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Juan Basanta .... unit production manager: Dominican Republic
Gretchen McGowan .... head of production: Goldcrest Films International
Craig Shilowich .... post-production supervisor
Craig Shilowich .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jolian Blevins .... second assistant director
Fernando Luciano .... second assistant director: Dominican Republic
Rafael Munoz .... first assistant director: Dominican Republic
Cedric Vara .... second second assistant director
Atilla Salih Yücer .... first assistant director
Art Department
Matthew Amenta .... assistant property master
Stuart Auld .... camera scenic artist
Jeremy L. Balon .... property master (as Jeremy Balon)
Michael Curry Jr. .... key carpenter
Jackie Dickson .... art production assistant
Kate Dougherty .... art intern
Ana Maria Hart .... set dresser: Dominican Republic
Kevin Herlihy .... construction foreman
Michael Herlihy .... construction coordinator (as Mike Herlihy)
Anna Humphries .... art intern
Janet Kalas .... charge scenic artist
Esther Kim .... art intern
Lucia Lizardo .... art production assistant: Dominican Republic
Bob Provenzano .... leadman (as Bobby Provenzano)
Joe Reider .... assistant property master
Malcolm Sonsire .... set dresser
Maya Tanaka .... art intern
Henry Viola .... art production assistant: Dominican Republic
Josh Vogel .... on-set dresser
Mike Biskupski .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Michael B. Lewis .... set decorating production assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jack Hutson .... sound mixer
Thomas W. Jordan .... boom operator (as Thomas Jordan)
Eric Offin .... sound designer
Eric Offin .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Offin .... supervising sound editor
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
Franklin Vaughan .... assistant sound editor
Fritz Francois .... playback sound mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jean-Pierre Boies .... visual effects supervisor: FLY Studio
Chris Byron .... cg artist: FLY Studio
Valérie Dufour .... visual effects technician: FLY Studio (as Valerie Dufour)
Jade Gratton .... visual effects coordinator: FLY Studio
Mathieu Jolicoeur .... compositor: FLY Studio
Mathieu Lalumière .... motion designer: FLY Studio
Louis Moris .... visual effects supervisor
Damian Achilles .... stunt driver
Melissa H. Morgan .... stunt driver (as Melissa Morgan)
Thomas Place .... stunt double: Abe
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Jeff Ward .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Cristino Adames .... gaffer: Dominican Republic
Boris Cifuentes .... electrician (additional)
Katie Dainson .... second assistant camera
Emil De La Paz .... video assist: Dominican Republic
Hi Elroyl .... grip
Darren Frohlich .... best boy electric
Erik Guldbech .... electric (as Eric Guldbech)
Carlos Gumersindo .... dolly grip: Dominican Republic
Alejandro Hernández .... electric: Dominican Republic (as Alejandro Hernandez)
Aaron Jacobs .... grip
Matthew Jacobs .... grip (as Matt Jacobs)
Philip Kathrens .... electric (as Phil Kathrens)
Sam Kretchmar .... digital imaging technician
Mike 'Electric' Mervilde Jr. .... dolly grip (as Mike Mervilde)
Jose Montero .... best boy electric: Dominican Republic
Michael Mortell .... electric (as Mike Mortell)
Ramón Moya .... second assistant camera: Dominican Republic (as Ramon Moya)
William Newell .... gaffer (as Bill Newell)
Antonio Novas .... clapper/loader: Dominican Republic
Aaron Randall .... key grip
George Robert .... digital imaging technician
Tom Ryan .... camera intern
Matt Staples .... best boy grip
Juan M. Vasquez .... key grip: Dominican Republic
Mayret Velasquez .... data downloader: Dominican Republic
JoJo Whilden .... still photographer
Toshiro Yamaguchi .... first assistant camera
Kyle Blackman .... camera loader: additional photography (uncredited)
Steve Briante .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
James Dombey .... grip (uncredited)
Rory Hanrahan .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jamie A. Marlowe .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Shawn Mulligan .... grip (uncredited)
August Popkin .... electrician (uncredited)
Carissa Spatcher .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Heidy Morel .... extras casting director: Dominican Republic
Rita Powers .... extras casting
Danielle Turner .... casting assistant (as Danielle Gonder Torner)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sarah Cuno .... set costumer
Vitor Evangelista .... costume intern
Daniel Garcia .... costume intern
Maham Khwaja .... costume intern
Rachael Ohman .... set costumer
Joanna Rockwell .... costume intern
Shelby Saboy .... wardrobe supervisor
Slobodan Strinic .... costumer: Dominican Republic
Editorial Department
Joseph Borges .... digital intermediate video technician
Moritz Fortmann .... digital intermediate colorist
Moritz Fortmann .... digital intermediate finishing artist
Jean Lane .... digital intermediate producer
Ben Lay .... digital intermediate video technician
Michael Morgenstern .... additional media creator
Boon Shin Ng .... digital intermediate finishing artist
Kathryn J. Schubert .... first assistant editor
Tim Spitzer .... digital intermediate supervisor
Sabina-Elease Utley .... digital intermediate producer
Music Department
Stewart Cararas .... music engineer: song
Stewart Cararas .... music mixer: song
Stewart Cararas .... music producer: song
Michael Hill .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Pedro Antonio Castillo .... driver: Dominican Republic (as Pedro Castillo)
Jeremiah LaRoche .... transportation co-captain
Gregorio Rodriguez .... driver: Dominican Republic
Gabe Turiello .... camera car process trailer driver
Juan Veloz .... driver: Dominican Republic
Wilkins Veloz .... driver: Dominican Republic
Tim Woods .... transportation captain (as Timothy Woods)
Other crew
Danny Ahn .... set intern
Marcella Andre .... payroll service: Entertainment Partners
Alec Bates .... assistant location manager
Katy Beekman .... set production assistant
Jean-Pierre Boies .... title designer: FLY Studio
Stephanie Bousley .... set intern
Kara Burney .... office intern
Wendy Cohen .... product placement coordinator
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance: IndieClear (as Carol Compton)
Mallory Crowley .... optician: Mr. Walken
Brian Donegan .... set production assistant
Brantley Doyle .... set intern
Riaya Aboul Ela .... marketing executive: Goldcrest Films International
Gary Evertsz .... production assistant: Dominican Republic
Brian James Fitzpatrick .... set production assistant (as Brian Fitzpatrick)
David Formentin .... set production assistant
Emmanuelle George .... office intern
Federica Gianni .... set production assistant: Morocco
Jonathan Gray .... production counsel: Gray Krauss Des Rochers
Conor Griff .... key production assistant
Steve Grivno .... location scout
Richard Guay .... payroll service: Entertainment Partners
Brian Havens .... chef: Star Struck Catering
Evan Hill .... parking coordinator
Kerri Hundley .... office production assistant
Emily Nan Iason .... location intern (as Emily Iason)
Sarah Karas .... office intern
Melissa Kimbler .... accounting clerk
Dan Knechtges .... choreographer
Albert Krause .... production accountant
Brian Lee .... clearance coordinator
Chad Lloyd .... location intern
Fernando Luciano .... production coordinator: Dominican Republic
Julio Matias .... production assistant: Dominican Republic
Michael Matlak .... location assistant
Ross Miller .... production insurance: Reiff & Associates
Michael Mizrah .... location scout
Márcia Nunes .... sales executive: Goldcrest Films International (as Marcia Numes)
Brendan O'Rourke .... location manager
Hi Pebblesi .... payroll service: Entertainment Partners
Miguel Rodriguez .... caterer: Dominican Republic, Dominican Food Crew
Pallavi Rohatgi .... set intern
Claire Skowronek .... first team production assistant
Josh Stern .... assistant: Ted Hope
Ian M. Stratford .... production counsel: Gray Krauss Des Rochers (as Ian Stratford)
Scott Tankel .... location coordinator
Matthew Thurm .... assistant: Todd Solondz
Myles Tomczak .... office intern
Maura Trail .... production secretary
Andrea Ulrich .... script supervisor (as Andrea J. Ulrich)
Alicia Van Couvering .... clearance coordinator
Lior Vardi .... production office coordinator
Niccolò Vitelli .... set production assistant (as Nicolo Vitelli)
Claire Warnes .... head of business affairs: Goldcrest Films International
Devon Williams .... production counsel: Gray Krauss Des Rochers
Penny Wolf .... head of sales: Goldcrest Films International
Meredith Wurzbach .... production insurance: Reiff & Associates
Theresa A. Carroll .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Alex Dorman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Avi Edelman .... production intern (uncredited)
Joe Mancini .... stand-in (uncredited)
Rodrigo Montealegre .... assistant: Aasif Mandvi (uncredited)
Rodrigo Montealegre .... assistant: Tyler Maynard (uncredited)
Rodrigo Montealegre .... production assistant (uncredited)
Joyce Wu .... adr loop artist (uncredited)
Jason Alexander .... special thanks
John Furgason .... special thanks
Kenneth Lee .... special thanks (as Ken Lee)
Jerry Stiller .... special thanks

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Estelle Harris, Jason Alexander and Jerry Stiller were hired to do voice overs for the scenes where Mia Farrow and Christopher Walken sit stone-faced watching an unseen TV sitcom. Todd Solondz felt the "Costanzas" on the TV series "Seinfeld" were a sitcom version of the family he was depicting, but he couldn't afford to use audio clips from "Seinfeld."See more »
Factual errors: When Abe is sitting alone in the Multiplex Cinema, before the movie begins there is a Movie Star Scramble ("Unscramble The Letters And Name This Movie Star!") on the screen. The scrambled name reads, "ORGEOE LONEYCO" which Abe whispers is "George Clooney" but "ORGEOE" cannot be rearranged into "George".See more »
Abe:My mother said that she thinks you're... pregnant. Is it true?
Miranda:You know your mom.
Abe:I know. That's why I'm asking, because, if it's true, if you're carrying my baby, it's gonna be okay.
Miranda:Don't worry. I'm not.
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Funny peculiar rather than funny ha-ha!, 21 April 2013
Author: Martin Bradley ( from Derry, Ireland

Todd Solondz obviously doesn't like people. If he did he wouldn't give us characters as thoroughly unlikable as Abe and Miranda, make them the leads in his disquieting, fantasy 'rom-com' "Dark Horse" and then set them up for our ridicule, (the 'comedy' comes from how much we laugh at these characters rather than with them). Abe is fat, unattractive and obnoxious with it and Jordan Gelber plays him superbly. Miranda is a would-be beauty who has let herself go; let herself go to the extent that she is prepared to marry Abe, a man she doesn't even like let alone love. Selma Blair plays her as a one-dimensional loser making her equally difficult to like. Abe lives at home with his parents, (brilliant performances from Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow), and works for his dad, though to be honest he doesn't do much work.

This is typical Solondz; a miserablist, myopic vision of humanity but without the brilliance that distinguished earlier pictures like "Welcome to the Dollhouse" and "Happiness". If I describe this as a 'pathetic' picture I don't mean that it's bad. It's very well written, directed and acted, (Donna Murphy is terrific as the secretary who fuels Abe's fantasies), but it's full of people you would cross town, never mind the street, to avoid and whatever handicaps you might have yourself it makes you glad you're not like anyone up there on the screen.

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