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At Theaters: 6/20/2003 On Video: 12/23/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 40 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419916
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Alex Sheldon is an author whose writer’s block is the least of his problems – he also happens to be flat broke and owes Cuban loan sharks $100,000. After hanging him out the window and destroying his laptop computer, the thugs give Alex an ultimatum: pay up in 30 days or wind up dead. The only way Alex is going to get that kind of money is by finishing his novel.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Comedy Romantic - This is a light romantic comedy targeted toward women and couples.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Luke Wilson OLD SCHOOL, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, SOUL SURVIVORS
Kate Hudson HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS, FOUR FEATHERS
Sophie Marceau THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH
Director: Rob Reiner THE STORY OF US
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About The Production
Locations and Costumes
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: A few miscellaneous profanities.
SEX/NUDITY: One brief but loud scene of lovemaking.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Banter and physical humor; some suggestive jokes.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Average "With nothing to make it a standout, Alex and Emma will likely vanish into the summer whirlpool, only to once again surface in video stores, where it is a better match.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Below Average "So the story is a bore. The act of writing the story is also a bore, because it consists mostly of trying out variations on the 1924 plot and then seeing how they look in the parallel story.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Average "Though it has some mildly amusing moments (mostly in the visuals accompanying the novel's narration), Alex & Emma is disappointing, neither very romantic nor very comic.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "The film's disjointed beginning notwithstanding, director Rob Reiner and screenwriter Jeremy Levin's charming lead characters are quirky without degenerating to the vulgarity and over-the-top nuttiness that mar such recent romantic comedies as TWO WEEKS NOTICE (2002) and JUST MARRIED (2003). ''

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 203 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
9
Fairly High
89%
13-19Teens (F)
46
Very High
98%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
12
High
75%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
53
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
24
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (F)
59
Very High
97%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

First lets look at what the ladies thought since Alex & Emma is obviously more for them. Females enjoyed this movie the most, but they didn't provide really high reviews. The relatively small number of "Fantastic" opinions and the large number of "Very Good" and "Good" opinions indicate a well liked movie, but certainly not a "must see" movie. It's simply an entertaining romantic comedy that you will likely forget about rather quickly.

As for the guys, most of the older males rated it as an OK movie. There were only a few twentysomething males who didn't care much for it. I would say Alex & Emma is a movie most guys will find enjoyable enough to make it a good date movie.

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
This light romantic comedy should appeal to the genre's normal audience of couples and women, but the appeal will probably be more to older audiences due to the period time frame.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Alex Sheldon (LUKE WILSON) is an author whose writer's block is the least of his problems – he also happens to be flat broke and owes Cuban loan sharks $100,000. After hanging him out the window and destroying his laptop computer, the thugs give Alex an ultimatum: pay up in 30 days or wind up dead. The only way Alex is going to get that kind of money is by finishing his novel, which is currently less than one sentence long. He's got some idea of what he wants the story to be; as he puts it, "It's about the powerlessness of being in love, how it devours the insides of a person like a deadly virus. It's a comedy." He just can't seem to get it out onto paper. Now lacking both inspiration and a laptop, Alex secures the services of opinionated stenographer Emma Dinsmore (KATE HUDSON) to help him complete the novel and get paid by his publisher in time to save his skin.

The story of Adam Shipley (also portrayed by LUKE WILSON) soon begins to emerge. The fictional Adam is a romantic young writer who has been hired to tutor the children of Polina Delacroix (SOPHIE MARCEAU), a chic, gorgeous French woman in dire financial straits. The story that reveals itself is of the obsessive love that Adam develops for Polina while ignoring the potential for true love with Polina's au pair, known in successive incarnations as the stern Swede Ylva, Elsa the bawdy German, Eldora the Spanish beauty and down-to-earth American Anna, (all played by KATE HUDSON).

Meanwhile, Alex and Emma spend their days and nights working together on the novel. Emma challenges his ideas at every turn, and her initially irritating but undeniably intriguing input begins to influence Alex and his story. Soon, real life begins to imitate art, and art, to imitate life.

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