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Puccini for Beginners (2006)

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A recently-singled New York writer finds herself in two surprising and complicated relationships.

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Maria Maggenti

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Maria Maggenti
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Barnett ... Catering Boss
Julianne Nicholson ... Samantha
Brian Letscher ... Jeff
Elizabeth Reaser ... Allegra
Gretchen Mol ... Grace
Justin Kirk ... Philip
Tina Benko ... Nell
Kate Simses ... Vivian
Natalie Levin Natalie Levin ... Turandot (as Natalie Havermeyer)
Mimi Molligher Mimi Molligher ... Woman in Elevator
Maggie Moore Maggie Moore ... Woman in Park
Craig Archibald ... Man in Park
Yasu Suzuki ... Sushi Chef 1
Yoshiro Kono ... Sushi Chef 2
Jennifer Dundas ... Molly
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Storyline

Allegra, an opera-loving writer in New York, eschews commitment, so her girlfriend, Samantha, leaves her. Allegra misses Sam, and resents the accusation that she's afraid to say "I love you," but she's soon involved with two people - Grace and Philip - who, unbeknownst to her, have just broken up with each other. Allegra juggles the two affairs, telling neither about the other; each likes her more and more as her old fears start making her itchy. Things come to a head at an engagement party where Allegra is pinch-hitting as a catering assistant. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Triangle of Love See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,380, 4 February 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$89,417, 24 June 2007
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Both Julianne Nicholson and Gretchen Mol have acted in HBO show Boadwalk Empire. See more »

Goofs

Philip's clothing changes three times during his date to the opera with Allegra. When they leave for the opera, he is seen wearing jeans, a sweater and a suit jacket. Immediately after the opera, he is wearing a button-up shirt and khakis instead of his sweater and jeans. During dinner, Philip is seen wearing the sweater with the khakis while his jacket is hanging over the back of his chair. See more »

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Allegra: Those who break up with me usually earn my life long devotion.
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2 February 2007 | by dbowlds1See all my reviews

Better than Woody Allen's last five movies combined, PUCCINI FOR BEGINNERS is that snappiest, funniest, romantic comedy in recent memory. The cast is spectacular and the direction is flawless. I can't say enough good things about this movie. I first heard about it at Sundance; everyone I know who attended kept telling how I needed to see it. I am not one to buy the hype so I just let the movie fade from memory. Having just seen it, I see that the hype wasn't unjustified; in fact, I'd say it wasn't strong enough. Put simply: this movie is cute. C. U. T. E. Gretchen is adorable, as always. Elizabeth Reaser is a dream come true; she delivers her dialogue with the skill and precision of a government trained sniper. Justin is so affable, you can hardly stand it. Overall, I just have to say that missing this movie highly, highly inadvisable.


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