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½ June 1, 2016
Another delightful piece of whimsy and drama. Not Allen's very best but extremely enjoyable and atmospheric nonetheless.
March 18, 2016
Melinda has 3 addictions and baggage. she is a train wreck.
March 14, 2016
Not as good as Allen used to be with his comedies in the 70s, such as Sleeper and Love and Death.
September 29, 2015
Great movie! Reasonably funny own its own, but Will Ferrell has the ability to make even the most horrible movies funnier. Found my self very confused at points when trying to figure out which side of the story is happening. Another typical movie from woody Allen.
½ September 13, 2015
The premise is more interesting on paper than on screen, as the comedy side of "Melinda and Melinda" isn't all that memorable or funny, and the drama half is just wooden.
June 3, 2015
Melinda and Melinda is clever for the way it celebrates Woody Allen's ability to do comedy and drama (even though it's far from great).
April 23, 2015
Perfectly watchable, but not as well executed as it needed to be.
½ February 23, 2015
What starts off as a great concept ultimately boils down to two unrealized stories. The tragedy is never quite tragic enough, the comedy is never that funny, and neither movie is really that good. Each character is so unlikable that the outcome is irrelevant. The reliably hilarious Will Ferrell gives a performance that should work but he feels subdued whilst giving us a pale impression of Allen. All the actors are good, but they all feel miscast. Failed actors, adultery, jazz music and suicide attempts are all redundant tropes of his movies. Redundancy is acceptable as long as the movies aren't disjointed, half-hearted and subpar.
February 13, 2015
Was honored to be cast in this film (even with just a few lines), it was a pleasure to be on set and work with Amanda Peet and Katier Kreisler and of course, Woody! :)
February 11, 2015
This was a neat experience and pretty enjoyable!
December 31, 2014
Perspective is the name of the game
December 20, 2014
WOW.....WOW....WOW....WHAT A MOVIE......I HAVE JUST SEEN THIS MOVIE 4 THE 1ST TIME N THINK THAT THIS IS A GREAT MOVIE 2 WATCH.......its got a good cast of actors/actresses throughout this movie.....I think that chiwetel ejidfor, will Ferrell, johnny lee miller, radha Mitchell, Amanda peet, Wallace shawn, chloe sevigny, play good roles/parts throughout this movie.......I think that the director of this comedy/drama/romance movie had done a great job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie......its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie........

The film received mostly mixed reviews from critics. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that the film received 51% positive reviews, based on 144 reviews. Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 54 out of 100, based on 40 reviews. Leonard Maltin gives the film two stars, calling it "meandering," with "echoes... of earlier, better Allen movies".

Melinda and Melinda opened on March 18, 2005, in one New York City cinema, where it grossed $74,238 in its first three days, the 21st highest limited release opening in Hollywood history. In weekend two, it expanded to 95 theatres to gross $740,618, seeing its per screen average nosedive to $7,795.

Overseas, it grossed an additional $16,259,545, bringing its worldwide total to $20,085,825.

Woody Allen said in Conversations with Woody Allen that he wanted to cast Winona Ryder in the title role. He had to replace her with Radha Mitchell because no one would insure Ryder due to her arrest for shoplifting - this would have made it impossible to obtain a film completion bond. Allen stated he was sad because he had written the part for Ryder after working with her on Celebrity. In the same interview, he also claimed to have intended Ferrell's part for Robert Downey, Jr., but, again, insurance got in the way due to Downey's history of arrests and drug abuse.

Radha Mitchell plays Melinda in both versions. Chloë Sevigny, Jonny Lee Miller, and Chiwetel Ejiofor star with her in the tragedy, while Will Ferrell and Amanda Peet star with her in the comedy. Steve Carell has a small part as Ferrell's friend.

The film also stars Wallace Shawn (alluding to his dinner-philosophy argument in My Dinner with Andre) as the comic playwright, Larry Pine as the tragedian, and Brooke Smith as Cassie. All three had appeared in the 1994 film Vanya on 42nd Street, directed by Louis Malle.

The cast includes:

Radha Mitchell as Melinda
Chloë Sevigny as Laurel
Jonny Lee Miller as Lee
Will Ferrell as Hobie
Amanda Peet as Susan
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Ellis
Wallace Shawn as Sy
Josh Brolin as Greg
Vinessa Shaw as Stacey
Steve Carell as Walt
Arija Bareikis as Sally
Matt Servitto as Jack
Zak Orth as Peter
Brooke Smith as Cassie
Daniel Sunjata as Billy
Larry Pine as Max
Andy Borowitz as Doug

man this is such a really really powerful drama movie 2 watch, its got a great cast throughout this this is such an enjoyable movie 2 this is such a really powerful drama movie 2 watch.....I think that this is such a really really funny movie 2 watch, but it is such a really sad movie 2 watch as this is such an enjoyable movie 2 watch with a great cast throughout this movie.....its got a good soundtrack throughout this this is such an enjoyable movie 2 watch with a great cast throughout this movie.......
September 6, 2014
I think I'm going to need to do some reflecting on this one to fully absorb it, and will certainly need to watch it again more awake, but I enjoyed the premise, and contrary to the critics enjoyed the execution. There were a multitude of brilliant lines. I think, the part I need to reflect on, is that I didn't find a great deal of humor in the comedic spin on things, and I haven't decided if that's proving its entire point about subconscious perspective making all the difference between comedy and tragedy, or if there was something lacking in the definition of comedy.
June 8, 2014
Woody Allen makes a movie in which he tells the same story from both a comic and tragic perspective. Except the two perspectives seem only superficially and unpersuasively so.
April 21, 2014
El director Woody Allen nos cuenta cómo terminó una relación desde la perspectiva del hombre y desde la perspectiva de la mujer. Los resultados son tanto graciosos como trágicos en el mejor sentido de los conceptos. Will Ferrell es dinamita y bajo la dirección de Allen sigue demostrando el gran talento que posee.
March 24, 2014
Woody Allen tries something different, yet pretty much the same as anything else he has done. The story begins with two writers squabbling over whether life is inherently tragic or comedic, there buddy gives them the details to a story and then they each try to prove that the story is either tragic or comedic. The idea if getting the same story but in different tones is cool, but the execution sucks. Both versions are well worn Allen territory, and he has done sadder movies with similar themes and comedies with similar premises. The film flips back and forth between stories in a slightly confusing manor. The tragic story is tedious with few sympathetic or likable characters, the comedy also has weak characters and is just plain not funny. It isn't Allen's best work, and it seems as if he is no longer fresh...luckily he bounced back in his next effort.
½ January 23, 2014
Pointless and insecure.
½ January 14, 2014
What is comedy, what is tragedy, and which is better? That's a question that's asked within the first five minutes of "Melinda and Melinda", not figuratively, but literally, by a writer (Wallace Shawn) who is having dinner with a group of fellow playwrights. He is the "comic" writer, while Larry Pine is the tragedian.
They paint two situations, one a romantic comedy, and the other a drama. They have three things in common - the star is Melinda (Radha Mitchell), she has gone through a divorce, and she is crashing a dinner party.
In the drama, she is a hopeless mess who relies on pill popping and alcohol to get by, and crashes in with her doting married friends, Laurel (Chloë Sevigny) and Lee (Jonny Lee Miller) to get things figured out. She gets involved with a romantic pianist (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who eventually sets his sights on Laurel, leading Melinda down the same spiral she was on before.
In the romantic comedy, Melinda is a cute, slightly kooky woman who finds herself at a stranger's dinner party after taking a few too many sleeping pills. The party is hosted by self-absorbed filmmaker Susan (Amanda Peet) and her husband Hobie (Will Ferrell), a struggling actor. Despite her arrival, the group gets to like Melinda, and before long, Hobie, feeling long ignored by Susan, develops feelings for her.
"Melinda and Melinda" is an intriguing film. It definitely isn't perfect - at times, the drama feels a bit forced, and the romantic comedy is more cutesy than romantic or funny - but Woody Allen, after years of great films (and a few misfires), takes familiar elements and makes them fascinating again.
Though both the plots are technically fake and merely exist in the minds of the fictional writers who thought them up, you can't help but get entranced in the lives of the characters. Each story is completely opposite from the other, and it makes for good contrast: if either was a single film, most likely neither would have worked.
Allen's voice is distinct as usual, whether or not it exists in a female character or not, and it fits well - the film has a set of neurotic characters that fit in the same category of Allen himself. Divorce is a major theme in the film, and no matter which storyline it slides into, it's dealt with in a compelling manner. It shows how Allen, after years of experience, can easily write wry comedy just as well as drama.
The ensemble, which has a unique range, delivers. The supporting players, which includes Ejiofor, Sevigny, Peet, and Miller are all fittingly excellent, but it is Radha Mitchell and Will Ferrell who steal the show. Ferrell plays against type, and it's refreshing to see. Watching him play an average guy almost seems like a sight to behold, and he does a great job with it. Mitchell is phenomenal - she is the only actor in the film who is forced to play two characters, and she is wonderful. She brings such intensity to her portrayal(s) of Melinda that either way, we're completely magnetized.
"Melinda and Melinda" isn't the best film in Allen's lengthy filmography, but it's interesting to watch and, in all, entertaining.
September 28, 2013
I've seen quite a bunch of films from the old veteran Woody Allen but I must say this one was quite light in his filmography. It's not a bad film but it's very casual & feels deja vu. It felt like mister Allen had an artistic breakdown & just directed this one on cruise control.... too bad , but i'm sure the next one will be better.
½ August 30, 2013
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