Melinda and Melinda

Melinda and Melinda

DVD - 2005
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The complex story of Melinda, a woman whose life is told from both a tragic and a comic perspective. Both stories involve the same woman who crashes a Manhattan dinner party, but with wildly different results.

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sallyneary
Oct 12, 2015

meh.

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rslade
Sep 11, 2014

The conceit of a story told from both tragic and comic perspectives doesn't work: it just seems to be two disparate stories. (Both fairly boring.)

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biffblack
Jun 21, 2014

First reaction: A dreadful motion picture. Terrible dialogue and, except for the great Amanda Peet, bad acting.

Update: It's vastly better the 2nd time around. I could have done without the framing device at the bistro, but most of the middle works. Loved the Stravinsky Arioso over the opening credits and that music is such a presence throughout in the characters' lives. Scenes between Radha Mitchell and Chiwetel Ejiofor are very good, from an initial charming flirtation to her confession of a serious crime. Enjoyed Brooke Smith as the voice of common sense, and yes, the Josh Brolin trampoline scene is kind of a treat.

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golfprofrank
Jun 29, 2013

Boring

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bdls206
Mar 30, 2011

This movie was alright, but I wouldn't go out of my way to see it. I'm a big Woody Allen fan so I was disappointed with this. Worth a watch but don't expect to much.

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bdls206
Mar 30, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
Mar 30, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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bdls206
Mar 30, 2011

Susan: I wish we could afford a place in the Hamptons. Everybody who's anybody has one.
Hobie: Yeah, but if you're somebody who's nobody, it's no fun to be around anybody who's everybody.

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bdls206
Mar 30, 2011

Hobie: What? What's going on? Wait, all? we used to make love all the time and now, there's always an excuse.
Susan: I told you, I'm going through an emotionally difficult time creatively.
Hobie: You feel like we don't communicate anymore?
Susan: Of course we communicate. Now can we not talk about it anymore?

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bdls206
Mar 30, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Mar 30, 2011

Over a meal in a French restaurant, Sy poses a conundrum to his fellow diners: Is the essence of life comic or tragic? For the sake of argument, he tells a story, which the others then embellish to illustrate their takes on life. The story starts as follows: A young Manhattan couple, Park Avenue princess Laurel and tippling actor Lee, throw a dinner party to impress Lee's would-be producer when their long-lost friend Melinda appears at their front door, bedraggled and woebegone. In the tragic version of what happens next, the beautiful intruder is a disturbed woman who got bored with her Midwestern doctor-husband and dumped him for a photographer. Her husband took the children away and she spiraled into a suicidal depression that landed her straight-jacketed in a mental ward. In the comic version, Melinda is childless and a downstairs neighbor to the dinner hosts, who are ambitious Indy filmmaker Susan and under-employed actor Hobie..

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