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Melinda and Melinda (2004)

Life can be a comedy or a tragedy, it all depends on how you look at it.

Original Title : Melinda and Melinda
Director : Woody Allen
Writer : Woody Allen
Genre : Comedy
Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Letty Aronson , Charles H. Joffe , Helen Robin , Jack Rollins , Stephen Tenenbaum
Photography : Vilmos Zsigmond
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for adult situations involving sexuality, and some substance material.
IMDB ID : 0378947
Official site : http://www.melindaymelinda.fox.es
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Starring

Will Ferrell Hobie
Neil Pepe Al
Stephanie Roth Haberle Louise (as Stephanie Roth Haberle
Radha Mitchell Melinda
Chloë Sevigny Laurel
Chiwetel Ejiofor Ellis
Michael J. Farina Man with dog
Josh Brolin Greg
Jonny Lee Miller Lee
Wallace Shawn Sy
Larry Pine Max
Matt Servitto Jack
Arija Bareikis Sally
Brooke Smith Cassie
Zak Orth Peter
Andy Borowitz Doug
Amanda Peet Susan
Shalom Harlow Joan
David Aaron Baker Steve
Christina Kirk Jennifer
Alyssa Pridham Acting student
Katie Kreisler Director
Quincy Rose 2nd Assistant Director
Steve Carell Walt
Richard Holmes Party guest (as Rick Vincent Holmes
Michelle Durning Party guest
Geoffrey Nauffts Bud
Yi-wen Jiang Shanghai Quartet
Honggang Li Shanghai Quartet
Weigang Li Shanghai Quartet
Nick Tzavaras Shanghai Quartet
Rob Buntzen Antique shop owner
Daniel Sunjata Billy
Vinessa Shaw Stacey
Michalina Almindo Susan's neighbor
Kenneth Edelson Disco Guest
Nicolas Pernisco Jack the Fry Cook (as Nick Pernisco
Aleksandrs Petukhovs Waitress (uncredited
James Ecklund Soap Actor (uncredited
Jennifer Grayson Soap actress (uncredited
Alex Harder Waiter (uncredited
Sabrina Lloyd (uncredited
Rafael Sardina Cop (uncredited
Stewart Summers Party Guest (uncredited
 

Plot

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. Back and forth the stories go, contrasting the destinies of the two Melindas.
 

Comments

Woody's best in last decade., 1 November 2004 Author: elyosu from Oviedo, Spain. I went to see this film a bit skeptical, because Woody's last movies were not his best ones. In the last ten years, he has made funny, entertaining films, some quite interesting, as "Decontructing Harry" or "Sweet and Lowdown", but generally unimportant. But wit "Melinda and Melinda" he has made one of his most brilliant films. As in "Crimes and Misdemeanors", he mixes two different stories -a dramatic one, and a light comedy-. The result ins quite different, this movie is not as critic as that, but is really enjoyable. He mixes a drama -serious, deep, with well-built characters, and really credible- and a delicious comedy -with really funny quotes, and moments that recover his best of the 80's-, with a lot of talent, because the two stories complete each other, the movie doesn't creak. Radha Mitchell is wonderful as the two Melindas: suggestive and content in the drama, innocent, tender and funny int he comedy. And Will Farrell, who takes the 'Woody Allen role', is the best choice he has done for that purpose ever- because instead of imitating Allen, he creates a new character, human, pleasant and funny. The script is great, with parallelism and second interpretations- And the movie is really entertaining. I hope it will get the attention it deserves, and I expect Woody Allen to keep this new walk in his career. (9/10).
 
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