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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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Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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-fiancé 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

Arthur: No, I only work at the video store part time, and at night I'm working on my first novel, called "I Hate People".
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Connections

References Casablanca (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Suite Opus 14
Written by Béla Bartók
Performed by Alicia Witt
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Playing Mona Lisa
2 January 2003 | by AppleAsylumSee all my reviews

I never even heard of this film... It just happen to be on last night. All-star cast drenched in good writing, & flooded with comedy! Lots of good points are made throughout the entire movie. Storyline is girl loves boy. Boy dumps girl. Girl must pick up the pieces & move on...? EVERY SINGLE ACTOR in this film will carry you through life's little problems in the most humorous way! (9)


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