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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

This is the only film edited by Alisa Lepselter which was directed by someone other than Woody Allen. See more »

Goofs

When Laura is trying on wedding dresses, you can see her face in the mirror chewing gum but you hear her say, "I'm farting." 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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Connections

References Basket Case (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Lumina
Performed by Joan Osborne
Written by Joan Osborne and Eric Bazilian (as Eric Bazillian)
Published by Songs of Polygram Int'l Inc. o/b/o Womanly Hips Music and Human Boy Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Blue Gorilla/Mercury Records
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How to Win Friends and Influence People (Not)
15 July 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Catherine Keener (as Amelia) spends the opening scenes putting down everyone in her life. She doesn't like best friend Anne Heche (as Laura)'s engagement ring. She calls video store geek Kevin Corrigan (as Bill), who wants to date her, "The Ugly Guy". She repeatedly calls ex-boyfriend-turned-friend Liev Schreiber (as Andrew) an ass----, for enjoying telephone sex. Her cat has cancer. And, her kitchen sponge stinks.

Intriguing character study, from writer/director Nicole Holofcener. Ms. Keener's "Amelia" seems to have a lot going for her; she is funny and attractive, and, she manages to keep friendships while being excessively judgmental. Things may have started going wrong for her when roommate Heche moved in with boyfriend Todd Field (as Frank). Mr. Field becomes another supportive friend, however. Although Keener is cranky throughout, she eventually proves to be an interesting, supportive friend.

The performances are all terrific. Mr. Corrigan may be most memorable, as the horror movie geek Keener labels "The Ugly Guy"; watch for an outstanding scene as he overhears a message on Keener telephone answering machine. Some back-hair might have helped him look more ugly, though. Then, again, hairier Rafael Alvarez does seem prove excessive hair isn't so ugly. Wonderfully ironic to see Randall Batinkoff (as Peter) play a waiter so well, and an actor so poorly. "Walking and Talking" manages to be a story about meaningful friendship without being terribly meaningful.

****** Walking and Talking (1996) Nicole Holofcener ~ Catherine Keener, Anne Heche, Kevin Corrigan


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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1996 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,287,480

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,287,480
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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