Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003)
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Isn't note perfect by any stretch, but it's great fun to listen to.
Makes for a witty, urbane and down-to-earth night of discussion that packs a good deal of kick.
Despite its compositional flaws, Melvin Goes to Dinner will please anyone who takes the art of social chatter seriously.
Odenkirk's direction and Blieden's script consistently steer Melvin toward gentle and humane moments of revelation, which might feel incidental if they weren't delivered with so much wit and such bracing generosity.
At times the film feels so real, it almost plays like a documentary.
Audience Reviews for Melvin Goes to Dinner
There's some really good dialogue here, but the writing itself is weak, as the film doesn't really know what it wants to be. Character development seems forced through the flashbacks, but it isn't helped by sub-par acting. Overall, it's entertaining but lacking depth, and the revelation about the little boy near the end feels tacky.
Wonderful little indie film, that is completely centered around a dialogue between friends and strangers. As the cover indicates, the topics range wildly, starting off with the silly (ghosts) and ending up quite serious (romantic relationships, death). I found the conversations riveting and very organic, as the bottles of wine opened these individuals up to explore all their inner struggles.
Not particularly good filmmaking, but an interesting stage play on film. Odenkirk is the director, but don't kid yourself - the movie isn't all that funny. Average, but can take up a boring Sunday.
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