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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 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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With each moment we write our story

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 2008 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Afosiosi See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,832, 26 August 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$91,169, 7 October 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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: I can't.
Lucy: Yes, you can.
Henry: We have to work.
Lucy: Right now?
Henry: Lucy, come on please. It's going to get very complicated. Ahh, it's going to get so complicated.
Lucy: Do you just genuinely dislike me, Henry?
Henry: A week ago, I didn't give a rat's ass about nebulas and now I can't get enough of them. Ok?
Lucy: Nebulae.
Henry: What?
Lucy: It's nebulae... not nebulas.
[...]
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"No corporations were harmed in the making of this movie" See more »

Connections

References Tounge Twisters (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Back of Your Head
Written by Chan Marshall
Performed by Cat Power
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Beautiful film
23 August 2007 | by bellejourSee all my reviews

This is a wonderful film with characters that touch the hearts of anyone who has ever known or been close to someone with a severe depression, anxiety disorder or real neurosis. Although Dedication can be considered a romantic comedy genre film, and may follow a somewhat conventional type of narrative, the actors breathe life into this story that in itself is a love letter to New York. NYC is a character in itself in the film, which is not to be overlooked. I loved this movie and think it is an amazing effort for Mr. Theroux. I am excited to see what his next project will be, considering this was a script he obviously acquired somehow, and didn't pen himself.

"I think that hate is a thing, a feeling, that can only exist where there is no understanding." TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, Forward to Sweet Bird of Youth


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