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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

Writer:

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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A love triangle of operatic proportions See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Trivia

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

Goofs

If you look really close during the first sex scene between Philip and Allegra, you can see Philip's underwear. See more »

Quotes

Allegra: Those who break up with me usually earn my life long devotion.
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References The L Word (2004) See more »

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cute and quirky
17 February 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Allegra (Elizabeth Reaser) gets caught dating both Grace (Gretchen Mol) and Philip (Justin Kirk). The movie flashes back to the time when she's dating Samantha (Julianne Nicholson). She's a Puccini opera loving New York writer. Her ex Nell (Tina Benko) and Vivian (Kate Simses) are advancing in their relationship. Samantha hates opera, questions her lesbianism, and breaks up with Allegra to go back to her former boyfriend Jeff. As Allegra resigns herself to be alone, she meets first Philip and then Grace. She sleeps with Philip. Then she sleeps with Grace without knowing that they're actually in a stale long-term relationship together.

It's a quirky little rom-com. I love all the actors although Reaser may not be up to being a manic comedic lead. She's not quite big enough to fill the character's shoes. There are some light humorous moments that are kinda funny. The laughs are never big enough to rise up to hilarious. There is a little bit of an interesting take on lesbian relationship struggles. The irreverent tone adds up to a cute but strictly small little indie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Puccini for Beginners See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,380, 4 February 2007

Gross USA:

$89,464

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$110,864
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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