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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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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 Claire puts the Tchaikovsky Competition letter on her mirror, she puts it across the corner lengthwise. In the next and subsequent shots, it can be seen sticking out of the corner endwise. 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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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Deeply Sorry
Performed by Chuck E. Weiss
Written by Tony Gilkyson & Chuck E. Weiss
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funny, sweet, charming
7 January 2003 | by damiellaSee all my reviews

While it's tempting to dismiss this as just another chick flick with just another up-and-coming young adult actress, PLAYING MONA LISA is different in a lot of ways. For one thing, the writing is terrific. Characters are well-developed, their relationships are complex and engaging, and just about everyone in the film oozes charm (especially Alicia Witt, who is just terrific). For another thing, the film does not follow the traditional romantic comedy formula and still comes to a satisfying conclusion.

And this movie is also DAMN funny. One scene in particular, which involves drug use, is so hilarious. I laughed so hard my dog was giving me funny looks.

PLAYING MONA LISA is enjoyable from the first second to the last. Just go rent it already!


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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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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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