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Melvin Goes to Dinner

Michael Blieden , Stephanie Courtney , Bob Odenkirk    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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A brisk, funny talkfest. Accidental meetings result in four people sharing dinner in a bistro, an encounter that becomes a bluntly honest discussion of sex, religion, and sex. Cutaways to other aspects of their lives bring visual variety (and afford opportunities for cameos by Jack Black and David Cross), but the meat of the meal is in how four people talk to, at, and against each other. The quartet is sharp and comic: screenwriter Michael Blieden and Matt Price play friends who haven't seen each other in a while, and Annabelle Gurwitch and Stephanie Courtney are the women they bump into. Their patter contains a couple of neat surprises, and ranges over a long menu of relationship issues. It's directed by comedian Bob Odenkirk (of Mr. Show fame), and he has two distinct directorial gifts: getting actors into a strong, naturalistic flow, and knowing where the jokes are. --Robert Horton

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5.0 out of 5 stars a little gem June 27 2007
By zzz05
This is one of those little gems that falls between the cracks of the crappy studio blockbusters. Great writing, direction, and acting, all so naturalistic you'd believe it. Odenkirk must know everybody in the business, because just the cast includes such a bunch of great actors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best movie ever March 19 2006
By collwyn
i can't believe that first review. this movie is genius. did Bob write the play? it's so clever. and of course he should stick to writing comedy. this is a comedy. i loved this movie.
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Being a huge fan of Bob Odenkirk I must admit I was terribly dissapointed with this film. I bought this without even seeing it. Big mistake. I should know better than to buy into some shmuck who's using his cult status to rake in cash from loyal fans. I really think Bob Odenkirk should stick to writing comedy. He is a terrible director. Apperently there are these things called tripods. They're wonderful inventions you see. They keep the camera stable. But to hell with those things. I think I'll go out and buy a CANON XL1, run around and pretend I'm a director too. Oh wait! Maybe he was trying to get the feel of a documentary but it's actually a movie with actors. Oh! I see. Sorta something like Steven Soderburgs "Full Frontal." What a coincidence cause that movie sucked too. Watch Bruce McDonalds "HARD CORE LOGO" or Rob Reiners "SPINAL TAP" to find out how thats done properly. Unlike this film "SPINAL TAP" is funny.
Besides the poor directing the story is just not clever at all. Without even looking into it I'm sure it's been done 1000 times before. The only scene I found a bit clever was a scene involving Jack Black. I hate Jack Black. David Cross is in the movie for like 30 seconds. Just enough to put his name on the on the backside of the DVD. Also just enought to trick a moron like me into buying this peice of poo poo. I expect way way more from Bob. To be honest with you it has the feel of a reality show but not the feel of reality. Who is that open about themselves? To make it even more un-realistic the dialogue in this film is delivered so poorly.
Keep pushing that Miller Beer BOB!! Your gonna need the cash if you keep directing crap like Melvin Goes To Dinner.
I give this two stars for the "Frank Festival" skit in the special features section. I give the movie 0 stars.
I wish I put my 25 bucks towards a Criterion Collection Film. Anyone of those I buy I'll never be dissapointed with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! March 8 2004
By A Customer
This is a smart movie. A very well written story. If you don't like it Amazon will be happy to refund your money I am sure.
The DVD extras are very good too. Bob Odenkirk is a genius.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "I fell off my pterodactyl..." March 3 2004
Directed by Bob Odenkirk (native of Naperville, IL, right around the corner from me) of HBO's Mr. Show (1995) and based off a play written by Michael Blieden, Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003) is a movie...well, as George Constanza from TV's Senfield might put it, about nothing. Really...nothing happens...four people come together for dinner and different topics of discussion arise, religion, marriage, infidelity, sex, ghosts, among other things. The movie forms around what is supposed to be spontaneous conversation, and has various flashbacks intertwined to help develop the characters. The film succeeded, but main problem I had was with the characters in that I just didn't like them very much. They really weren't people I'd be interested in knowing or spending time with, but I continued to watch, and even managed to enjoy myself. One thing I noticed which rang true to me was how easy it can be at times for people to relate really personal information about themselves with absolute strangers, while having difficulty doing the same with people they have closer relationships, like spouses or siblings.
There were some great cameos by David Cross (as a motivational speaker) and Jack Black, who really made me laugh as a lunatic in a hospital talking about how he was 'the Creatrix' and the jealous god knocked him off his pterodactyl and turned him into a nid (a human being). Maura Tierney and Laura Kightlinger also appear. I really thought the movie would have more humor than it did, as the conversation meandered from subject to subject. It was kinda odd when the supporting cast is more well known that the starring players with the exception of the attractive Annabelle Gurtwitch, who played the character of Sarah.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny lines, twisty plot. Jan. 11 2004
A friend of mine and I sat down to watch this film about four people in a really, really great dinner conversation, and, within five minutes of listening to the characters wax theories on religion and sex, I was saying to her, "Wow, we've had that conversation before."
And from that moment and for that reason, we found MELVIN GOES TO DINNER fascinating. As the film went on, though, and we got to know the characters better, we got wrapped up in the real and imagined ties between the characters. We tried to figure out how they all knew each other, really, and the film surprised us with several plot twists that we didn't see coming.
Adapted from a stage play using essentially the same principal cast, MELVIN GOES TO DINNER is a surprising find, one that I'm going to purchase so that I can watch it over and over. It's watchable for its plot and for its use of quality conversation.
I highly recommend this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "My Dinner With Andre" for the "Seinfeld" generation...
The structure of "Melvin Goes To Dinner" is fairly simple: Four people meet for dinner and talk. The obvious comparison is to Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory's "My Dinner With... Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2004 by GLBT
4.0 out of 5 stars What?
Watched this three times, and couldn't figure it out. And each time, my knee started itching about ten minutes in -- c'mon folks! What does that tell you?! Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2004 by Aaron
5.0 out of 5 stars Let me join your table, please.
Although I have not yet purchased the DVD, I was fortunate enough to see this film recently at the Deep Ellum Film festival in Dallas.
For me, it's a "must see. Read more
Published on Dec 23 2003 by Bill Flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars So great!
After watching this movie I wanted to go out and make more interesting friends. TV producers should take a lesson from this film - I would love to see a series with characters as... Read more
Published on Dec 21 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest and most brilliant movie in years.
Bob Odenkirk was hilarious in Mr. Show and Melvin Goes To Dinner is no exception. This is one of the best and funniest movies you will ever see. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2003 by Ryan Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasticly Funny and Wonderfully Produced
Melvin Goes to Dinner had me laughing so hard. The way the director cuts between dinner and scenes of each person's life is interesting in that you have to fit the pieces in the... Read more
Published on Dec 10 2003 by C. Layman
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