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Playing Mona Lisa (2000)

R | | Comedy | 28 April 2000 (USA)
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After being dumped by her boyfriend, a young talented musician (Witt) reluctantly moves back in with her parents and then stumbles into misadventures as she tries to make sense of this crazy life.

Director:

Matthew Huffman

Writers:

Marni Freedman (play), Marni Freedman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alicia Witt ... Claire Goldstein
Harvey Fierstein ... Bennett
Brooke Langton ... Sabrina
Johnny Galecki ... Arthur
Ivan Sergei ... Eddie / Carl / Ben
Marlo Thomas ... Sheila Goldstein
Elliott Gould ... Bernie Goldstein
Tammy Townsend ... Alice
Molly Hagan ... Jenine Goldstein
Estelle Harris ... Aunt Velva
Pat Crawford Brown ... Grandma Ida Weinberg
Zachary Kranzler ... Jeremy
Joe Mazza Joe Mazza ... Barry / Bo
Sulo Williams Sulo Williams ... Manny
Sandra Bernhard ... Bibi Carlson
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Storyline

Claire Goldstein is a gifted pianist, but the same week that none of her friends pass a major competition, including her boyfriend Jeremy, he dumps her. An earthquake in San Francisco damages her apartment, so she must cross town to live with her parents. Her sister is about to get married; her mom is into the occult; her dad is withdrawing and losing his job. Claire obsesses about Jeremy, despite her girlfriends' advising her how to interest other men ("look mysterious, like Mona Lisa") and taking her to parties. Her sweet teacher, Bennett, gets her auditions, but she blows them off. Then, she meets Eddie. Is he the key to her rejoining the human race? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content, sex-related dialogue and brief language | See all certifications »
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Trivia

There are a few homages to the sitcom Friends (1994) in this movie. Elliott Gould and Marlo Thomas play husband and wife in this movie and both played Ross's and Monica's father, Jack Geller and Rachel's mother, Sandy Green respectively. When Bo and Bennett are talking in the bedroom, Bo said that he changed his name to 'Barry' because 'Bo' wasn't a good name for a dental practice. In Friends (1994), Rachel's ex-fianc√© is also named Barry and he is also a dentist. See more »

Goofs

When Eddie takes Clair to the greenhouse for pizza, you can see a cameraman crouching behind leaves as they enter, even though he says they closed it a long time ago. See more »

Quotes

Bennett: I once heard someone say: "When you dim your light, so that someone else can shine, the whole world gets darker."
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Connections

References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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So That's What You Wanted
Performed by Wingo
Written by Jab
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Well-written and played out girl flick...
20 April 2001 | by dwpollarSee all my reviews

1st watched 4/21/2001 - 7 out of 10(Dir-Matthew Huffman): Well-written and played out girl flick that is very similar to the very popular TV series "Ally McBeal" in it's theme. A young girl trying to find her man is part of the movie, but it's also about her competing piano talent and how she shuffles her romantics wants or needs with her God-given talent. At times the movie seems confused about the direction it's going which is really not a problem because in real life we're never sure what direction everything is taking. A wide mixture of varied talents are involved in this picture from young(Alicia Witt) to old(Elliot Gould - who actually does one of his best jobs in a hard role as the mixed-up father. Funny, touching, and leaving us a good message as well in the end.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Two Goldsteins on Acid See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Bubble Factory See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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