Alex & Emma (Widescreen) [Import]
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
"Could almost be a Mad TV parody of a god-awful modern romantic comedy."
-- Owen Gleiberman, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
Most recent customer reviews
My wife loves this movie, and quotes from it regularly. Not a bad chick flick either. Luke Wilson is far easier to watch than his irritatingly non-amusing brother Owen.Published 19 months ago by Neuro
Alex and Emma is a fluffy little comedy with two relatively charming leads, and a tolerable, entertaining plot which is pleasant enough for a saturday night in. Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by adriana
Alex & Emma is extremely stupid, ludicrous, and utterly not funny.This film is a disgrace to romantic comedies. Read morePublished on June 8 2004 by Mac
Most of the film is Alex dictating in a monotonous voice a horribly boring plot to a horribly plain Emma. Read morePublished on June 2 2004
I guess humor is subjective because I thought this movie had it in spades. I found myself laughing often. Read morePublished on May 31 2004 by Katherine
The irony here is that it takes a READER to truly appreciate this film. If you didn't like this movie, try picking up a book once in a while.Published on May 28 2004
There are few filmmakers who run as hot-and-cold as Rob Reiner. When he's cooking on all burners - as with "When Harry Met Sally" and "The American President" - he's been able to... Read morePublished on May 22 2004 by Roland E. Zwick
Riddle me this: How can Kate Hudson release about 5 films a year, all of which flop badly, yet she's still superfamous and getting roles in more and more movies, that just keep... Read morePublished on May 10 2004