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