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Dedication (2007)

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The romantic comedy follows a misogynistic children's book author who is forced to work closely with a female illustrator instead of his long-time collaborator and only friend.

Director:

Justin Theroux

Writer:

David Bromberg

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Wilkinson ... Rudy Holt
Billy Crudup ... Henry Roth
Christine Taylor ... Allison
Bob Balaban ... Arthur Planck
Catherine Lloyd Burns ... Mother in Bookstore
Amy Sedaris ... Cassidy's Mom
Cassidy Hinkle ... Cassidy
Mandy Moore ... Lucy Reilly
Jeremy Shamos ... Matthew
Christopher Fitzgerald ... Robin (as Chris Fitzgerald)
Dianne Wiest ... Carol
Jicky Schnee ... Mandy the Waitress
John Ellison Conlee ... Man at Lucy's
Martin Freeman ... Jeremy
Christopher Grey Misa Christopher Grey Misa ... Abused Kid (as Chris Misa)
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Storyline

Henry Roth: obsessive-compulsive, somewhat misanthropic, a writer of children's books. His illustrator and only friend, Rudy, dies after a fabulously successful collaboration on "Marty, the Beaver." Henry is under contract to produce another Marty book for Christmas sales. His publisher, Arthur Planck, assigns penniless, lovelorn illustrator Lucy Reilly to work with Henry. She's sought by her ex-boyfriend Jeremy, who dumped her two years ago but shows up apologetic, having dedicated his new book to her. She and Henry go to a house on the shore to work. Will love bloom amid the rocks, or is Henry a bump on Lucy's road to Jeremy? Rudy's voice, from the grave, gives Henry counsel. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

With each moment we write our story

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Mia Farrow and Bob Balaban were originally set to play the roles of Dianne Wiest and Tom Wilkinson's. See more »

Quotes

Henry: She deserves better than him.
Rudy Holt: Now you're talking.
Henry: Better than me, too.
Rudy Holt: Yeah, but she doesn't know that yet.
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Crazy Credits

The writer dedicates his work in memory of Jonathan Louis Kaplan (June 6, 1961 - December 28, 1997) See more »

Connections

References Dirty Blondes (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Days and Nights in the Forest
Written by John Dieterich, Satomi Matsuzaki, and Greg Saunier
Performed by Deerhoof
Courtesy of Kill Rock Stars
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A Fantastic Debut
29 March 2008 | by pankaj-kalwani-1See all my reviews

I just finished watching this movie and thought I should pen down my thoughts. I would like to add a few disclaimers before recommending it.

For viewers who expect a romantic comedy, this is not your average rom-com genre movie. And for avid movie buffs, this ain't the first attempt of its kind either. This has shades of Trust (1990), Music and Lyrics (2007), As Good as it Gets (1997) and a few others.

But the familiarity worked for me. Also, not knowing what the movie was about did work for me too.

Watch this if you want a romance with quirky and intelligent characterization. Considering, it is both the writer's and the director's debut feature film, it is fantastic.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2008 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Dedication See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,832, 26 August 2007

Gross USA:

$92,853

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$407,511
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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