Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance


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Award-winning comedy about a lonely young man who finds himself at a restaurant with two strangers and his best friend.

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8 August 2004 | CharWoman
worth the time, if you're in the mood
I've always loved conversations like this, where a group of people temporarily forget the normal boundaries of interaction and wind up being more intimate and revealing than is really called for (and usually being a little embarrassed the next time they meet). This movie does a good job of recreating such an encounter, and the timing being right, my husband and I did enjoy it.

I was a little surprised at the seemingly strenuous omission of Melora Walters from the credits, even from the list of people being marginally 'thanked' (probably meaning, 'Not Paid for their Participation'). It made me suspect that the whole purpose of her role might have been to serve as a burnt effigy for one of the creators' ex-girlfriends, which, if it's true, might be a little pathetic. Far lesser roles in the film were actually credited, and this woman had to feign sex with Michael Blieden--twice. We only noticed this as we searched for a reminder of her character in Magnolia.

That was probably just an oversight, and I'm still interested to see what the collaborators do next. The cadence and tone were a nice change of pace, and I'd recommend it for a thoughtful Sunday.

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