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Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003)

Award-winning comedy about a lonely young man who finds himself at a restaurant with two strangers and his best friend.

Director:

Bob Odenkirk

Writers:

Michael Blieden (play), Michael Blieden (screenplay)
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5 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Blieden ... Melvin
Stephanie Courtney ... Alex
Matt Price ... Joey
Annabelle Gurwitch ... Sarah
Kathleen Roll Kathleen Roll ... Waitress
Maura Tierney ... Leslie
Jenna Fischer ... Hostess
Jacqueline Heinze Jacqueline Heinze ... Rita
Laura Kightlinger ... Laura
Fred Armisen ... Vesa
Jerry Minor ... Solly
James Gunn ... Scott
BJ Porter BJ Porter ... Flight Attendant (as B.J. Porter)
Tucker Smallwood ... Passenger
Jennifer Biederman ... Child's Mom (as Jen Dollard)
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Award-winning comedy about a lonely young man who finds himself at a restaurant with two strangers and his best friend.

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Taglines:

Marital infidelity, religion, a guy in heaven wearing a Wizards jersey, anal fetishes, cigarettes and schizophrenia, ghosts, and how it's going to get worse before it gets better.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and sexuality, including sexual dialogue | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Phyro-Giants See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Color
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After they all leave the restaurant, Alex and Sarah are walking and the shadow of the camera and cameraman is visible on the wall by Alex. See more »

Quotes

Mental Patient: I'm the Creatrist of the universe, but temporarily I'm a Nid.
Melvin: So you're God, basically.
Mental Patient: No - look, God is like a venture capitalist in this equation, okay? The whole thing was my idea and it was basically my business plan, and his money. So I went ahead, I came up with the whole thing, I put it all together, and now he wants me out.
Melvin: So it's like a hostile take over.
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Referenced in The Comedians of Comedy (2005) See more »

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The rest of your party is already seated
26 August 2005 | by SMM-3See all my reviews

Nearly all of Melvin Goes to Dinner's brief running time is spent observing a rambling but always interesting dinner conversation among four variously connected people in their late twenties. I was very impressed by both the writing and the acting. It's rare enough that we get even brief conversations that sound right, like real people really speak to each other; Here we have over an hour's worth.

All of the performances are very good. I especially liked Stephanie Courtney's ability to make Alex simultaneously annoying and charming. Others have noted the wonderful cameo by Jack Black as a mental patient with an impressively detailed conception of reality.

If you find yourself looking for a break from CGI and other special effects, give Melvin Goes to Dinner a try. The best thing I can say about it is that as soon as it ended, I wanted to watch it again from the beginning.


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