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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alex Sheldon / Adam Shipley
... Tony / Flamenco Dancer #2 (as Chino XL)
... Bobby / Flamenco Dancer #1
... Wirschafter
... Emma Dinsmore / Ylva / Elsa / Eldora / Anna
... Whistling John Shaw
... John Shaw
... Polina Delacroix
Alexander Wauthier ... Andre Delacroix
Leili Kramer ... Michele Delacroix
... Polina's Father
... Madame Blanche
... Claude
François Giroday ... Croupier
... Bus Driver
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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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Is it love... or are they just imagining things?

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Comedy | Romance

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

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20 June 2003 (USA)  »

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Loosely Based on a True Love Story  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,111,074, 22 June 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,208,384, 10 August 2003
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The plot is loosely based on the life of Fyodor Dostoyevsky, author of "Crime and Punishment". He had promised to complete a new novel by a certain date, but one month before the deadline he hadn't written anything. After a recommendation, he hired a stenographer named Anna, who helped him complete "The Gambler" in 26 days. The plot of "The Gambler", which is based off of one of the author's own experiences, is about a tutor named Alexei who falls in love with Polina, who toys with him. Dostoyevsky and Anna fell in love during the writing process. They later married and had 4 children. See more »

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When the mobsters are dangling Alex over the roof, one of them says, "In thirty days." His voice does not match his accent, and his lips say something else. See more »

Quotes

Alex: I think I'm in love with you.
Emma Dinsmore: I think I couldn't care less.
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Humoresque
Written by Antonín Dvorák (as Antonin Dvorak) and Hans Lengsfelder
Performed by Comedy Harmonists
Courtesy of Living Era
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Barely worth the time required to watch this silly but cute rom-com.
11 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

The critic Ebert has a complete and accurate review, for anyone who wants to know more details. I saw it on VHS from my public library, when we see that Luke Wilson and Kate Hudson are in it, we can pretty well figure out what the ultimate outcome will be. So, the story requires that we witness how. He is an apparently good author who also is a bad gambler, and needs to complete a novel quickly to get out of debt and save his skin. She becomes his stenographer, even though he can't pay her yet, because she has a kind heart. The novelty of this movie is that we see the novel as it is being written, brought to life with Luke Wilson and Kate Hudson, plus a few others, as a movie within this movie. For me that kept my interest moderately high. How good may be the book, or its movie we see, is not the point. The point is the relationship that develops between Wilson and Hudson. Unfortunately for us, there is absolutely nothing particularly new or interesting about their relationship. Not a BAD romantic comedy, just not a particularly good one either.

August 2006 edit - I saw it again, I enjoyed it a bit better, knowing ahead of time how it was constructed.


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