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MELINDA AND MELINDA

 
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At Theaters: 3/23/2005 On Video: 10/25/2005
Rated: PG-13 Length: hr. min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 449920
Studio: Fox Searchlight
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Four sophisticated New Yorkers enjoy a dinner out on a rainy night. An anecdote provokes a discussion between writers Max and Sy about the dual nature of human drama, symbolized by the comedy/tragedy mask of theater. Ultimately a comic tale unfolds, pitted against a more dramatic version of itself—both centered around a somewhat enigmatic woman named Melinda.
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Romantic Comedy Drama - This new Woody Allen film literally mixes comedy and drama as it tells two similar stories, one as a comedy, the other as a drama. Fans of star Will Ferrell's normally silly and more broad comedy may be disappointed by the more talky and less physical line of humor here.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Chiwetel Ejiofor AMISTAD, DIRTY PRETTY THINGS, LOVE ACTUALLY
Will Ferrell ANCHORMAN, ELF, OLD SCHOOL, ZOOLANDER
Jonny Lee Miller DRACULA 2000, MANSFIELD PARK
Radha Mitchell PHONE BOOTH, PITCH BLACK
Amanda Peet THE WHOLE TEN YARDS, SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE
Chloe Sevigny BOYS DON'T CRY, THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO
Wallace Shawn THE CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION
Director: Woody Allen SMALL TIME CROOKS, CELEBRITY
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Production Information
The Script
A Cast Worthy of Woody
Production Begins In New York City
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PROFANITY: 3 GD's, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief glimpse of sex, no nudity; sex talk and humor.
VIOLENCE: A woman hits a man with a vase.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Nonstop alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Verbal humor, often mildly sex-related.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average One could argue that Melinda and Melinda is Allen's most ambitious film in years. Had he pulled it off, this might have been the movie fans have been hoping for. Unfortunately, the script is weakly constructed. Dialogue occasionally feels stilted and too obviously written, Allen's comedic touches are not sharp, and only the characters in the "comedy" generate any audience sympathy.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Very Good 'Melinda' fails the standards of most audiences because it doesn't deliver a direct emotional charge. It doesn't leave us happy or sad for the characters, or even knowing which characters we were supposed to care about. That however is not Allen's failure, but his purpose.

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