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Melinda and Melinda (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 8 April 2005 (USA)
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Two alternating stories, one comedy and the other tragedy, about Melinda's attempts to straighten out her life.

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Woody Allen

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Woody Allen

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wallace Shawn ... Sy
Neil Pepe Neil Pepe ... Al
Stephanie Roth Haberle ... Louise
Larry Pine ... Max
Radha Mitchell ... Melinda Robicheaux
Michael J. Farina ... Man with Dog
Jonny Lee Miller ... Lee
Chloë Sevigny ... Laurel
Matt Servitto ... Jack Oliver
Arija Bareikis ... Sally Oliver
Brooke Smith ... Cassie
Zak Orth ... Peter
Will Ferrell ... Hobie
Andy Borowitz ... Doug
Amanda Peet ... Susan
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Storyline

Al, Louise, Max and Sy - four literary types who work in the theater business - are discussing what they believe to be the real life truths underlying their work, Max who writes primarily tragic plays, and Sy who writes primarily comic plays. Al proceeds to tell them a real story of a troubled woman named Melinda Robicheaux showing up unexpectedly at a door in the middle of an important business dinner party. Melinda long ago left her physician husband to embark on a relationship with who she initially believed to be the man of her dreams, which ended up not being the case. Melinda tries to put her life back together with the help of select people at the dinner party, some who have their own ulterior motives. Melinda's appearance also opens up the cracks existing in the marriage of one of the couples at the dinner party, while it leads to the dissolution of a friendship that has existed since college. With this basic outline of a story, Max and Sy try to make their point of life being... Written by Huggo

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One love story. Two versions. Seriously funny. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for adult situations involving sexuality, and some substance material | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Melinda & Melinda See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,238, 20 March 2005

Gross USA:

$3,826,280

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,085,854
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Mono)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ellis (Chiwetel Ejiofor) mentioned that his opera has been staged at the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico. See more »

Goofs

In one of the beginning scenes for the "drama" version of Melinda's tale the battery pack for her microphone creates a very noticeable bulge in the lower back of her shirt. Whenever she stands up from leaning on the kitchen table the bulge turns into the shape of a square. See more »

Quotes

Hobie: I think it'd be only fair to tell you. I'm a Liberal.
Stacey: Oh. Are you talking politically, or in the bedroom?
Hobie: I was talking politically. In the bedroom I'm a left-wing Liberal.
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Connections

References Pollyanna (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

String Quartet No. 4
(1927)
Written by Béla Bartók
Performed by the Shanghai Quartet
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The Bard of Manhattan
28 April 2005 | by urnotdbSee all my reviews

Woody Allen as a stand-up comedian saw the humor in some of life's injustices. Here he suggests infidelity is one of those injustices. At first glance, this "open" attitude seems at odds with the fact that virtually all Woody Allen films have been love stories (even Bananas!); maybe they're really falling-in-love stories. To dramatize this story, he wisely included Rhadha Mitchell, Chloe Sevigny, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, whose performances were as hypnotic as their names (the others, in lesser roles, were also good). What happens is routine; it's just a set-up to evaluate various ways of reacting to infidelity. Some of the dialog is among the best I've heard. How we react to setbacks can be an important part of our lives (not as important as showing up, of course). Woody Allen's philosophy of life isn't rocket science: when possible, have a good time. And bring a friend.


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