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Melinda and Melinda

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Woody Allen

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Plot Summary

Woody Allen, one of the most respected filmmakers on the international film landscape for over three decades, explores some of his most beloved terrain in Melinda and Melinda. The twist is introduced in the film's opening scene, in which four sophisticated New Yorkers enjoy a dinner out on a rainy night. An anecdote provokes a discussion between writers Max (Larry Pine) and Sy (Wallace Shawn) 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 (Radha Mitchell).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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53%
  • Reviews Counted: 156
  • Fresh: 82
  • Rotten: 74
  • Average Rating: 5.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The comic and tragic stories are cleverly intercut, but they're both so inconsequential that it's hard to bring yourself to care which one you're watching. – Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Allen lately has grown tired of complex characters and inventive actors to play them. He appears to be making movies because that's what he's always done, but the love and the ideas and the zip are essentially gone. – Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, Apr 2, 2005

Fresh: Sin City is the most gorgeous digital movie ever made. It represents a stunning leap forward in both the technology of digital cinema and the art of filmmaking. – Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The Shawn character says, 'Moments of humor do exist (in life). I exploit them, but in a tragic context.' Allen couldn't have said it better himself. – Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle, Apr 21, 2005

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Customer Reviews

Very interesting

I loved this movie! It was innovative without being too arty and was interesting without being too rediculous. Lovely movie.

not "WOWWW" ... but pretty entertaining

not really the "that's so Will Ferrel" kind of movie... its more like stranger than fiction... well.. its not bad at all.... ferrell still being himself like usual... the bold, funny, disturbing in sort of funny way...
well just rent it first... then buy it if you really like it.... :)
enjoy

NOT Woody Allen's finest hour

I like Woody Allen. He's written, directed and acted in some of my favorite films. This film is, admittedly by him, a bit of an experiment. The idea being that drama and comedy are so close, that all it takes is a slight shift in tone and one becomes the other. So in this movie, Woody Allen tells the exact same story... twice. First as a drama, then a few things are tweaked and the story is retold, this time as a "comedy." The problem I have with it is that the experiment just doesn't work. The "drama" part of it isn't particularly interesting, emotionally moving or dramatic. And the "comedy" half just isn't funny at all - It's almost as serious as the "drama" half! Doesn't really work on any level for me. It's just Woody Allen being self indulgent, using his name and fame to put something ridiculous on the screen. Pick another Woody Allen picture, people...

Melinda and Melinda
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2005

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