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Melinda and Melinda (2004)

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Two alternating stories, one comedy and the other tragedy, about Melinda's attempts to straighten out her life.

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Woody Allen

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Woody Allen

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wallace Shawn ... Sy
Neil Pepe Neil Pepe ... Al
Stephanie Roth Haberle ... Louise
Larry Pine ... Max
Radha Mitchell ... Melinda Robicheaux
Michael J. Farina ... Man with Dog
Jonny Lee Miller ... Lee
Chloë Sevigny ... Laurel
Matt Servitto ... Jack Oliver
Arija Bareikis ... Sally Oliver
Brooke Smith ... Cassie
Zak Orth ... Peter
Will Ferrell ... Hobie
Andy Borowitz ... Doug
Amanda Peet ... Susan
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Storyline

Al, Louise, Max and Sy - four literary types who work in the theater business - are discussing what they believe to be the real life truths underlying their work, Max who writes primarily tragic plays, and Sy who writes primarily comic plays. Al proceeds to tell them a real story of a troubled woman named Melinda Robicheaux showing up unexpectedly at a door in the middle of an important business dinner party. Melinda long ago left her physician husband to embark on a relationship with who she initially believed to be the man of her dreams, which ended up not being the case. Melinda tries to put her life back together with the help of select people at the dinner party, some who have their own ulterior motives. Melinda's appearance also opens up the cracks existing in the marriage of one of the couples at the dinner party, while it leads to the dissolution of a friendship that has existed since college. With this basic outline of a story, Max and Sy try to make their point of life being... Written by Huggo

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One love story. Two versions. Seriously funny. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 2005 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Melinda y Melinda See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,238, 20 March 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,825,351, 19 June 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Mono)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Demetri Martin auditioned for the role that was vacated by Robert Downey, Jr., and taken over by Will Ferrell. See more »

Goofs

In one of the beginning scenes for the "drama" version of Melinda's tale the battery pack for her microphone creates a very noticeable bulge in the lower back of her shirt. Whenever she stands up from leaning on the kitchen table the bulge turns into the shape of a square. See more »

Quotes

Melinda: You're the piano player.
Ellis Moonsong: Not any more. I'm on a break. A mysterious stranger has, uh, temporarily taken over, and I must say she plays beautifully. Hey, are your eyes misting over?
Melinda: The song... it's meaningful to me. It was playing the night I met someone.
Ellis Moonsong: So, are they tears of sorrow or tears of joy?
Melinda: Well, aren't they the same tears?
Ellis Moonsong: Yeah.
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Connections

References My Dinner with Andre (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto in D for String Orchestra: 2-Arioso: Andantino
(1946)
Written by Igor Stravinsky
Performed by English Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Colin Davis
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Limited
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Classic Allen
2 April 2005 | by sbucekSee all my reviews

I thought that this film is right out of the classic Woody Allen mode. His theme of having events determined by others -- in this case, the writers -- was reminiscent of his one-act plays, "God" and "Death," and follows the tracks of the worldview he has always explored in his films. It was very well-written and crafted, an enjoyable night at the flicks.

One thing that struck me is that the character played by Will Ferrell is exactly the part that Woody can no longer play because he's too old. It was not long into the film before I discerned that these are lines that Woody had written for himself, the character he'd always played, but a younger man was delivering them for him. And that only added to the charm of the film for me.


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