Alex & Emma (Widescreen Edition)
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Alex, a novelist with serious writer's block and an even more seriousgambling problem needs to finish his novel to pay his gaming debts.Frantically working to complete his novel in 30 days, Alex hires Emma, astenographer with strongly held opinions. Now, as characters resemblingEmma appear in Alex's work and Emma challenges Alex's ideas at everyturn, life begins to imitate art, and art to imitate life and Emma'sirritating, intriguing influence on the novelist develops into a lovebetween Alex & Emma.]]>
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The novel is a 1924 tale involving Adam Shipley (also played by Luke Wilson), an Andover student who takes a summer job tutoring the children of Polina Delacroix (Sophie Marceau). The situation quickly becomes the classic story of a love triangle , with Polina faced with the dilemma of having chosen to marry for money but meanwhile increasing attracted to Adam. As Adam schemes how to become wealthy, his infatuation for Polina keeps him from recognizing his attraction for the various incarnations of her servant (the character keeps morphing as the story is rewritten), so Kate Hudson becomes the Swede Ylva, then the German Elsa, followed by the Spaniard Eldora before ending up as the American Anna. This is all done in a very clever and lighthearted manner.
Meanwhile, the novel's scenes are interspersed with the development of the relationship betwen Alex and Emma during their increasing frantic attempt to meet the Alex's deadline. And not at all surprisingly, their real lives intersect with the plotline of the novel. Emma increasingly wonders if there is a real life Polina?Read more ›
This was never meant to be An Officer and a Gentleman or Casablanca. This wasn't a story about histrionics and/or sparks flying. This was meant to be, and is, a story about two people with flaws, who find them to be complimentary. You can see it in the way they immediately fall into an old relationship pattern of taking shots at one another, criticising each other, but not taking it too seriously, rather passing it off as just them being them. You also see it in the way they continue to write or talk to each other as they use the toilet, eat, etc.
The changing relationship can be most clearly seen (from Alex's viewpoint) in the changing of the characters Kate Hudson plays in the book - from the (pain in the a**) au pair Ylva, to the interested confidant Elsa (both deliberately overacted by Kate to indicate Alex's current vision of her), to the absolutely adorable Anna, the love interest. And, of course Emma is very defensive of these characters throughout, thereby revealing her feelings about Adam/Alex. This is validated in the final scene as Alex/Emma interchange with Adam/Anna, personally and in time.
Not every movie has to leave you breathless, crying, hyped - whatever. Some, like this one, are just meant to be enjoyed, and leave you relaxed and feeling good. There's no harm in that - I've spent far more time and money for far less return.
The ultimate message here is that you don't necessarily have to stop chasing your dream, just be sure it's the RIGHT dream.
1 star = abysmal; some movies deserve to be forgotten
2 star = poor; a total waste of time
3 star = good; worth the effort
4 star = very good; what a flick should be
5 star = fantastic; must own it and share it with others
STORY: Guys owes loan sharks money that he lost while gambling. If he writes his second novel in 30 days his publisher will pay him allowing him to pay off loan sharks. He hires a stenographer to write while he dictates his novel.
I thought this was an underrated movie.
The humor in the Italian Job (an action flick?!?) was actually better and had more of it, but the parts that were meant to be humorous were funny. Some of the humor people won't catch unless they are listening and looking closely...nice subtle details inlaid within the movie.
This was more of a drama than a comedy which I can see some people not liking it as much since expectations won't be met.
The feelings that develop between the two characters seemed a lot more belieable than any other romantic comedy I can think of over the last year or two.
For those that are writers, they will get an extra enjoyment out of the movie that many viewers might miss or not appreciate.
It was a very well written flick with sproadic bits of humor and a lot more commentary on people who are challenged in relationships. Even if you aren't a writer this is worth watching at least once.
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Cute variation on writing a love story from a man's point of view!!! But I liked it anyway. Also a widescreen version, which I always buy when available.Published 9 months ago by Hellos Kitty
For what is was, this film was a sweet light-hearted movie. Nothing serious or oscar worthy, but if your are in the mood for just an uncomplicated and light-hearted, good humored... Read morePublished 10 months ago by MD
This was a really cute movie. I loved all of the back and forth between his story that he is writing and the movie's "reality. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jessica
Wonderful banter, loved the movie & the actors in it. Funny & we'll done!Published 12 months ago by dwcan2
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