Melinda and Melinda



Alternate/Foreign Title: Melinda, Melinda [Working title], Melinda & Melinda [Alternate spelling]

DVD Released (Y/M/D): 2005-11-22

Genre: Drama

Sub-genre: Comedy

Director: Woody Allen

Stars: Will Ferrell, Amanda Peet, Steven Carell, ChloŽ Sevigny, Josh Brolin, Radha Mitchell, Wallace Shawn, Brooke Smith, Jonny Lee Miller, Larry Pine, Matt Servitto, Arija Bareikis, Brooke Smith, Chiwetel Ejiofor

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Synopsis: Woody Allen mixes the tragic with the comic in MELINDA AND MELINDA, a delightful, intelligent look at two versions of the same story. After hearing a tale about a quirky woman who walks in unexpectedly on a dinner party in an apartment in New York City, Sy (Wallace Shawn) expands it into a romantic comedy, while Max (Larry Pine) turns it into an urban tragedy. Allen intercuts between the two retellings, intermingling cause and effect, love and romance, failure and success, as Melinda creates havoc in both fictional worlds. Each story has its own cast: the comedy features Will Ferrell, Amanda Peet, and Josh Brolin; the tragedy stars Chloe Sevigny, Jonny Lee Miller, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Radha Mitchell is the only repeat actor, playing both Melindas, and she does a tremendous job. Interestingly, the comic section is not a straight laughfest, like Allen's SLEEPERS, ANNIE HALL, or BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, and the more serious part is not nearly as dour as INTERIORS or ANOTHER WOMAN. Instead, Allen, who has been criticized by critics and fans alike for not making more funny films, has created two parallel universes that each combines aspects of comedy and tragedy, resulting in a wonderful, insightful drama.     Source: RottenTomatoes.com


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