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Dedication (2007)

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The romantic comedy follows a misogynistic children's book author who is forced to work closely with a female illustrator instead of his long-time collaborator and only friend.

Director:

Justin Theroux

Writer:

David Bromberg

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Wilkinson ... Rudy Holt
Billy Crudup ... Henry Roth
Christine Taylor ... Allison
Bob Balaban ... Arthur Planck
Catherine Lloyd Burns ... Mother in Bookstore
Amy Sedaris ... Cassidy's Mom
Cassidy Hinkle ... Cassidy
Mandy Moore ... Lucy Reilly
Jeremy Shamos ... Matthew
Christopher Fitzgerald ... Robin (as Chris Fitzgerald)
Dianne Wiest ... Carol
Jicky Schnee ... Mandy the Waitress
John Ellison Conlee ... Man at Lucy's
Martin Freeman ... Jeremy
Christopher Grey Misa Christopher Grey Misa ... Abused Kid (as Chris Misa)
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Storyline

Henry Roth: obsessive-compulsive, somewhat misanthropic, a writer of children's books. His illustrator and only friend, Rudy, dies after a fabulously successful collaboration on "Marty, the Beaver." Henry is under contract to produce another Marty book for Christmas sales. His publisher, Arthur Planck, assigns penniless, lovelorn illustrator Lucy Reilly to work with Henry. She's sought by her ex-boyfriend Jeremy, who dumped her two years ago but shows up apologetic, having dedicated his new book to her. She and Henry go to a house on the shore to work. Will love bloom amid the rocks, or is Henry a bump on Lucy's road to Jeremy? Rudy's voice, from the grave, gives Henry counsel. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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With each moment we write our story

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Justin Theroux: The lawyer on the phone. See more »

Quotes

Henry: [handed piece of paper by Rudy] Who's this?
Rudy Holt: Uh, red suit, fat ass, best friend's a reindeer. Bones Mrs. Claus
Henry: [laughs] What's happening here?
Rudy Holt: Santa's sleigh, runs over Marty's tail, Marty jumps up, bites him in the crotch. Gives Santa the clap.
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"No corporations were harmed in the making of this movie" See more »

Connections

References Tounge Twisters (1986) See more »

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Hark The Umpire
Written by John Dieterich, Satomi Matsuzaki, and Greg Saunier
Performed by Deerhoof
Courtesy of Kill Rock Stars
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A Single Skip for Joy
12 April 2008 | by ed_metal_headSee all my reviews

Gifted character actor, Justin Theroux, makes his directorial debut with the indie romantic comedy "Dedication". The film tells the story of a neurotic children's book author Henry Roth (Billy Crudrup) who is forced to work with a female illustrator (Mandy Moore) instead of his usual collaborator (Tom Wilkinson).

The highpoint of the film is undoubtedly the acting. Billy Crudrup ("Almost Famous") is fantastic as Henry, displaying all the quirks one would expect from such a character. His performance seemed like a mix of John C. McGinley on "Scrubs" and Timothy Olyphant from "The Girl Next Door". Mandy Moore is also very good, and manages to create a real character instead of a generic love-interest. This is easily her best acting performance to date. Tom Wilkinson shines as Henry's collaborator and only friend, though it must be noted that his performance is somewhat similar to his Oscar nominated performance in "Michael Clayton". Dianne Wiest, Martin Freeman and Bob Balaban are also delightful in smaller supporting roles.

The screenplay, on the other hand, is unfortunately the film's low point. The character's dialogue itself is fine (actually, it is very good). The problem of the script is the rather generic plot which too closely follows the boy-meet-girl blueprint for romantic comedies. The film's ending is something that would be expected more of a Hollywood studio romantic comedy rather than a quirky indie.

First time director Justin Theroux shows real promise here. While it is true that some of the transitions and editing between scenes are a bit too arty and self-conscious, other things, such as camera placement and shot composition are handled with all the skills of an experienced professional.

Annoyances aside, this is an easy film to recommend. Moore and Crudrup are infinitely watchable and Thereoux is good enough to deserve more directorial jobs. In the end, the collective talent in front of and behind the camera elevates the middling plot into a very enjoyable film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2008 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,832, 26 August 2007

Gross USA:

$92,853

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$407,511
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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