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Alex & Emma (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 20 June 2003 (USA)
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A writer must turn out a novel in thirty days or face the wrath of loan sharks.

Director:

Rob Reiner

Writer:

Jeremy Leven
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Wilson ... Alex Sheldon / Adam Shipley
Derek Barbosa ... Tony / Flamenco Dancer #2 (as Chino XL)
Lobo Sebastian ... Bobby / Flamenco Dancer #1
Rob Reiner ... Wirschafter
Kate Hudson ... Emma Dinsmore / Ylva / Elsa / Eldora / Anna
Paul Willson ... Whistling John Shaw
David Paymer ... John Shaw
Sophie Marceau ... Polina Delacroix
Alexander Wauthier Alexander Wauthier ... Andre Delacroix
Leili Kramer Leili Kramer ... Michele Delacroix
Rip Taylor ... Polina's Father
Gigi Bermingham ... Madame Blanche
Jordan Lund ... Claude
François Giroday François Giroday ... Croupier
Robert Costanzo ... Bus Driver
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Storyline

A romantic comedy: Alex is an author whose writer's block and gambling debts have landed him in a jam. In order get loan sharks off his back, he must finish his novel in 30 days or wind up dead. To help him complete his manuscript he hires stenographer Emma. As Alex begins to dictate his tale of a romantic love triangle to the charming yet somewhat opinionated stenographer, Emma challenges his ideas at every turn. Her unsolicited yet intriguing input begins to inadvertently influence Alex and his story and soon real life begins to imitate art. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Is it love... or are they just imagining things?

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

20 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Loosely Based on a True Love Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,111,074, 22 June 2003

Gross USA:

$14,218,698

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,368,897
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie became well know among fans of comedian Artie Lange after his interview on the WTF with Marc Maron podcast. Lange was describing taking heroin for the very first time in a hotel room. Lange said "when people ask me why is heroin addictive, this is my answer: the movie on the TV was Alex & Emma with Luke Wilson and Kate Hudson, and I never turned it off." See more »

Goofs

Alex's face is unshaven before he kisses Emma, and in the next shot (as they actually kiss) is completely smooth. See more »

Quotes

[interrupting Elsa's rambling]
Alex: Elsa! You've struck oil - stop drilling!
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Connections

Remake of The Gambler (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Charleston
Written by James P. Johnson and Cecil Mack
Performed by Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label, a unit of BMG Music
Under license from BMG Special Products
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Endearing Hybrid of ADAPTATION and PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES
21 January 2004 | by dtbSee all my reviews

Rob Reiner's return to the romantic comedy genre starts out pleasant but unremarkable -- that is, until the Central Casting Cuban loan sharks leave (though it's funny when they appear in the novel-within-the-movie as shady flamenco dancers) and wastrel writer Alex Sheldon (any relation to Paul Sheldon in Reiner's earlier adaptation of MISERY? Hmm... :-) starts dictating his novel to smart, opinionated stenographer Emma Dinsmore. That's when ALEX & EMMA springs to life like a goofy cross between ADAPTATION and PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES. Luke Wilson is likable enough as Alex, but I must admit I think his brother Owen Wilson would've brought more verve and magnetism to the role. (Man, Owen Wilson and Kate Hudson together on the big screen -- I'd pay full admission price for that! But I digress... :-) As Emma, our household fave Kate Hudson plays a slightly starchier brunette version of her usual endearing self. In particular, she seems to be having great fun playing not only Emma, but also several variations of the same constantly-revamped au pair/cook/all-purpose domestic in Alex's novel-in-progress as it's enacted onscreen. I liked Emma as soon as I realized she and I share a certain quirk: we both like to read the end of books before buying them (albeit for slightly different reasons: Emma feels if the ending isn't good, it's a waste of time to read the book, whereas I like to see how the rest of the book happened to lead up to that particular ending. But I'm digressing again -- this movie had that effect on me; make of that what you will! :-)! I think writers would appreciate ALEX AND EMMA more than most moviegoers, if only because it does a pretty good job of getting into a writer's head, and the gags involving the novel-within-the-film are funny and inventive. Interestingly, ALEX & EMMA is very loosely based on Dostoyevsky's relationship with his stenographer, who he wed in real life. In fact, the movie's original title, LOOSELY BASED ON A TRUE LOVE STORY, would also have fit the novel-within-the-film, which turns out to have more parallels with Alex's real-life experiences than he'd previously admitted. (THOSE SWEET WORDS would've been a good title as well, especially since that's also the name of the Norah Jones song over the end credits.) Anyway, ALEX & EMMA would be a nice "date movie" for writers and the people who love them; now that it's available on home video, why not rent it for a snuggly movie-watching evening at home? :-)


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