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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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5 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Color:

Color
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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: That is the most undignified thing I've ever heard of. I mean, this guy is the laughing stock of heaven right now!
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Referenced in The Comedians of Comedy (2005) See more »

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worth the time, if you're in the mood
8 August 2004 | by CharWomanSee all my reviews

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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