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Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003)

Cast: Michael Blieden, Michael Blieden, Stephanie Courtney, more...
Director: Bob Odenkirk, Bob Odenkirk
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Studio: Showtime Entertainment
Genre: Comedies, Independent
Running Time: 83 min.
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Mr. Show alumnus Bob Odenkirk's directorial debut, Melvin Goes to Dinner, is based on the play Phyrogiants! by Michael Blieden, who also adapted the script for the screen and stars in the film's titular role. Melvin has just broken up with his girlfriend, Trenice (Melora Walters), and has met up with his friend Joey (Matt Price) and two women, Alex (Stephanie Courtney) and Sarah (Annabelle Gurwitch), whose relationship to the men remains ambiguous. From there, the bulk of the action takes place around a table at a restaurant, as the four bare their innermost secrets and discuss everything from ghosts to stewardesses to masturbation. The film was shot simultaneously on five hand-held cameras in order to capture the essence and idiosyncrasies of the constantly overlapping conversations. Featuring appearances by Odenkirk, David Cross, Maura Tierney, and Jack Black in an unbilled cameo as a mental patient, and a score by Michael Penn, Melvin Goes to Dinner was the winner of the Audience Award for First Film at the 2003 South by Southwest Film Festival, the Best American Feature Award at the 2003 Avignon Film Festival, and the Best Picture Award at the Phoenix Film Festival. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Says: Fans of the sketch comedy series Mr. Show and indie comedy connoisseurs should check out Melvin Goes to Dinner, directed by Mr. Show's Bob Odenkirk. Screened to positive vibes at SXSW (as well as Slamdance), the film was adapted from his play by Michael Blieden - who also stars as Melvin - and brought to life by a game cast of comic talent. (Look fast for Jack Black in a cameo as a psych patient with a lucid mind.) Melvin is good food for thought.

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