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Walking and Talking (1996)

Just as Amelia thinks she's over her anxiety and insecurity, her best friend announces her engagement, bringing her anxiety and insecurity right back.

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Nicole Holofcener

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Braverman Amy Braverman ... Young Amelia
Miranda Rhyne Miranda Rhyne ... Young Laura
Catherine Keener ... Amelia
Anne Heche ... Laura
Randall Batinkoff ... Peter
Brenda Denmark Brenda Denmark ... The Vet (as Brenda Thomas Denmark)
Vincent Pastore ... Laura's Devil-Seeing Patient
Liev Schreiber ... Andrew
Todd Field ... Frank
Kevin Corrigan ... Bill
Joseph Siravo ... Amelia's Therapist
Rafael Alvarez Rafael Alvarez ... Laura's Sexy Patient
Ritamarie Kelly Ritamarie Kelly ... Ellen
Steve Cohen Steve Cohen ... Actor In Play
Jordan Levinson Jordan Levinson ... Peter's Friend
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Storyline

Things have been tough lately for Amelia. Her best friend moved out of the apartment, her cat got cancer, and now her best friend, Laura, is getting married. She copes with things, from the help of Andrew, Frank, Laura, and a brief romance with Bill "The Ugly Guy" Written by Rose Hilburn <Taco@Kosher.Com>

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A movie for everyone who wants to get married and stay single at the same time.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amigas Curtindo Adoidado See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,412, 21 July 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,297,265, 31 December 1996
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Allison Janney has a cameo appearance as Amelia's neighbor. See more »

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When Laura and Frank are at the restaurant, Frank puts his menu away twice. See more »

Quotes

Frank: Do we really have to listen to this vagina music all the way there?
AmeliaLaura: [together] YES!
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References Clean, Shaven (1993) See more »

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Go West
Written and Performed by Liz Phair
Published by Sony/ATV Tunes LLC o/b/o Civil War Days Music Group
Courtesy of Matador Records
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So much better than "Friends with Money" or trite romantic comedy....
3 October 2006 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

this is what audiences need to see more of. Good characterization, realistic dialog (no slap-stick cheap tricks, farce etc.) and capable actors.

I have seen "Friends With Money" which was a disappointment compared to this and "Lovely and Amazing". This film succeeds because we care about the characters, Anne Heche as the therapist, trying to control her wedding, Catherine Keener as confused and disappointed single again friend. Andrew and Laura (Schreiber and Keener), Frank and Amelia,(Ann Heche and Todd Field) two couples just trying to make things work. They have to find humor in minor things. Kevin Corrigan adds humor as Keener's sometime date, who finds out he is referred to as the "ugly guy".

Liev Schreiber adds a good element to the film. Keener's former boyfriend, he is there for her, even as she pursues Corrigan who works at a video store:..."Jeez look at him...I thought I could relax for once"... Keener says as she wonders why he has rejected her.

This has been compared to "Sex and the City", but there really is no comparison. A one hour TV show vs. film; this film has resonance; we will remember and want to see these characters again, they are not cardboard cut-out characterizations. TV has to be more polarized, due to the medium and time limits, hence the characters are more superficial and obvious.(Could we picture Kim Catrall in this film, I don't think so). I am surprised Nicole Holfcener has not surmised this, and realized the casting mistake in "Friends with Money"; if someone has a too-TV persona, they do not necessarily translate to film. That was one of the problems with FWM.

Also the performances in this film were not preceded by the personalities. Heche is believable, amusing and sympathetic. Catherine Keener is quirky, interesting and multi-layered. Liev Schreiber is funny, a good friend and we want to see more of him. Please, Ms. Holofcener, for your next film use film actors, not people who had a high "TV Q" or were married to a film celebrity for a brief period. It makes a great deal of difference, and the finished product proves this to be so. 9/10


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