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Melinda and Melinda back to product details

Dramatically Boring
written by masgud1 May 2, 2012 - 12:41 PM PDT
Despite a mouth-watering premise, Allen's execution was so poor that I couldn't keep watching after 20 minutes. the dialogue was stilted, the characters dull, and the Woody impression by Will Ferrell annoying as hell.

There may well be some merit in the remaining hour-plus of the film but someone as experienced and talented as Allen should be able to hold a modicum of the audience's interest from the outset. Truly disappointing.

written by talltale October 27, 2005 - 6:24 AM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Throw-away Woody Allen is still better than a lot of trash-toss films we see these days, so MELINDA AND MELINDA is worth a look. Particularly charming is the low-key Will Ferrell who does a remarkably good impression of Woody Allen: younger, taller--and much easier to take in the would-be romantic role than Allen himself was in his last few attempts. (Fortunately, he had the sense to give it up completely in his underrated "Anything Else.")

Radha Mitchell acquits herself well in the lead, and the supporting cast is, as usual in Allen movies, well chosen and up-to-snuff. The dialog, while hitting few high marks for wit and humor, is nonetheless consistently listen-able and intelligent. Whether on purpose or not, both versions of the story seem about equally funny/tragic--which renders the opening discussion and theme of the film somewhat pointless (unless perhaps this IS Allen's point). Overall, a subdued pleasure.


(Average 5.78)
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