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Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003)

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

Director:

Bob Odenkirk

Writers:

Michael Blieden (play), Michael Blieden (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Blieden ... Melvin
Stephanie Courtney ... Alex
Matt Price ... Joey
Annabelle Gurwitch ... Sarah
Kathleen Roll Kathleen Roll ... Waitress
Maura Tierney ... Leslie
Jenna Fischer ... Hostess
Jacqueline Heinze Jacqueline Heinze ... Rita
Laura Kightlinger ... Laura
Fred Armisen ... Vesa
Jerry Minor ... Solly
James Gunn ... Scott
BJ Porter BJ Porter ... Flight Attendant (as B.J. Porter)
Tucker Smallwood ... Passenger
Jennifer Biederman ... Child's Mom (as Jen Dollard)
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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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Taglines:

Marital infidelity, religion, a guy in heaven wearing a Wizards jersey, anal fetishes, cigarettes and schizophrenia, ghosts, and how it's going to get worse before it gets better.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality, including sexual dialogue | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Phyro-Giants See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,919, 16 November 2003

Gross USA:

$4,168

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,168
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Goofs

After they all leave the restaurant, Alex and Sarah are walking and the shadow of the camera and cameraman is visible on the wall by Alex. See more »

Quotes

Joey: All of you need therapy.
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Referenced in The Comedians of Comedy (2005) See more »

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With plenty of food for thought.
16 March 2004 | by Cipher-JSee all my reviews

Four people, two guys and two gals, at different places in their lives, chance to meet at a restaurant for dinner one day, and end up revealing themselves and discovering each other in ways none of them could have predicted. For the most part, they are bright, young, upwardly mobile professionals, comfortable discussing themselves, and hence even without a psychologist to act as moderator, they interact in a manner reminiscent of group therapy. That is, they take turns admitting their secret thoughts and obsessions, take issue with each other on some points, and try to benefit from each other's experiences and perspectives. One of them even has some background in a field related to psychiatry, but of course with minimal insight.

The point of the film seems to be that, thanks to their group discussion, they all develop a wider perspective on life, but especially Melvin, whose life had been spiraling out of control. In some regards he seems the brighter of the four, yet the least insightful. All of the characters become more aware of themselves through their interactions over dinner, but it is Melvin who benefits the most. How he grows, and what he learns from that encounter, are what makes this film worth viewing. Thanks to his opportunity, Melvin doesn't just go out to dinner, but learns to take control of his life. It is a very subtle story, but worthy of critical attention.


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