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Alex & Emma (Widescreen) [Import]


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  • Actors: Luke Wilson, Kate Hudson
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Warner
  • Release Date: June 7 2005
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000D8L1K

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Romantic Comedy. Alex (Luke Wilson) is an author whose writer's block and gambling debts have landed him in a jam. In order to get loan sharks off his back, he must finish his novel in 30 days or wind up dead. To help him complete his manuscript he hires stenographer Emma (Kate Hudson). As Alex begins to dictate his tale of a romantic love triangle to the charming yet somewhat opinionated stenographer, Emma challenges his ideas at every turn. Her unsolicited yet intriguing input begins to inadvertently influence Alex and his story and soon real life begins to imitate art.

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2.9 out of 5 stars

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"Alex & Emma" is actually a remake of the 1997 UK-Hungarian film 'The Gambler' starring Michael Gambon and Johdi May. And the original is about the Russian writer Dostoevskey, and what happened to him while writing the novella of that title. You should keep this in mind, because "A & E" suffers from the wrong-headed judgment of modernizing the setting of the original which was deep in the 19th century.
The story of this romantic comedy is, simply put, "When Alex meets Emma (or vice virsa)" directed by Rob Reiner, who knows a few things about this genre. Alex (Luke Wilson) is a writer stumbled on the writer's block, and in debt. He must make money in 30 days, and to do so, he hires a stenographer Emma (Kate Hudson), and attempts to finish writing a novel.
The novel develops, thanks to the unexpected inspiration from Emma. It is about Adam, a tutor living in the 1920s, who falls in love with a French lady Polina (Sophie Marceau). From then on, we see two stories one after the other, both influencing each other.
NOW, the good thing about "A & E" is that Kate Hudson (who plays five roles in this film) is delightful to see. Luke Wilson is also good and likable, and they make a couple of man and woman who must fall in love with each other. And we know it, and welcome it.
BUT the problem is, as I said before, the setting. In the original "Gambler", Dostoevskey had to submit his rights for publishing his novels to the greedy publisher, not his life as depicted here. No one believes in the central story of "Alex & Emma" when it talks about the 30 days limit and being killed. Think about it. Some mobsters are after you, and they want the money back.
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I wanted to like this movie; honestly I did. I ignored the horrible film critic reviews and the lack of hype, sure that somewhere in the premise of this movie there would be a glimmer of interest, spark, or maybe even just a little bit of good acting. So... I took a risk and rented this movie.
Bad idea. Bad, bad idea. I don't know which I want back more: my $4 rental fee or my two hours.
The only, and I mean only, decent thing about this film is that you get to look at Luke Wilson for an extended period of time. Enjoy it, because if you make it to the end of the film, even his cuteness may not keep you from hating him for subjecting you to his aversive non-acting for so long.
Kate Hudson is also cute, in the puppy and kitty sense of the word, but she's also utterly forgettable. One word describes it best: bleh.
Don't get me started about the circa-1920 plot-within-a-plot, which is the only thing that could possibly be worse than the present-day part of the movie.
Of course, this is a romantic comedy, so somebody has to fall in love, but by the time you reach that obvious conclusion, you simply don't care. Don't worry, the characters don't act like they care either.
Few films inspire me to get on the Internet and write a scathing review, but if I can keep just one person from wasting their time and brain cells by watching this insipid flick, it'll be worth it.
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Luke Wilson and Kate Hudson--both of whom star, independent of one another, in two movies I love, Almost Famous and The Royal Tenenbaums--were painful to watch as they tried to breathe life into a truly terrible script.
What was Rob Reiner thinking? The director of such splendid fare as A Few Good Men, The American President, When Harry Met Sally, The Princess Bride, and This is Spinal Tap appears to have lost his touch--he hasn't made a good film since 1995.
But I blame Jeremy Leven, best known for the dud The Legend of Bagger Vance, for writing this movie in the first place. Who could have possibly thought that a movie about writing a book under threat of death due to gambling debts--and falling in love with your mouthy stenographer--would make for an entertaining movie? (OK, so maybe the premise doesn't sound that bad. The execution is.)
Lines are delivered without any conviction. The mildly humorous convention of changing the appearance of the book's characters to reflect how Wilson is rewriting it works once, maybe twice, but begins to grate by the third try. The denouement is silly--in a very unfunny way--and the ending is both hokey and overblown through one of the most cringe-inducing closing scenes in recent memory.
Please, follow the advice in the headline and avoid this film like the plague.
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By Mac on June 8 2004
Format: DVD
Alex & Emma is extremely stupid, ludicrous, and utterly not funny.This film is a disgrace to romantic comedies.It is boring, stale, and full of terrible dialogue that makes you sick.Anyone who spends an hour and a half watching this junk is absolutly crazy.I hated the plot, dialogue, and sadly this movie mad me hate the cast even more than I already did.This is supposedly a comedy but it is dull and stupid.It never ever gets you hooked like it should.It is a lame movie with a lame cast and that is all I have to say.Please get me far away from this movie.Alex Sheldon (LUKE WILSON) is an author whose writer's block is the least of his problems - he also happens to be flat broke and owes Cuban loan sharks $100,000. After hanging him out the window and destroying his laptop computer, the thugs give Alex an ultimatum: pay up in 30 days or wind up dead. The only way Alex is going to get that kind of money is by finishing his novel, which is currently less than one sentence long. He's got some idea of what he wants the story to be; as he puts it, "It's about the powerlessness of being in love, how it devours the insides of a person like a deadly virus. It's a comedy." He just can't seem to get it out onto paper. Now lacking both inspiration and a laptop, Alex secures the services of opinionated stenographer Emma Dinsmore (KATE HUDSON) to help him complete the novel and get paid by his publisher in time to save his skin.
"Could almost be a Mad TV parody of a god-awful modern romantic comedy."
-- Owen Gleiberman, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
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