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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 --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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. Read morePublished on June 27 2007 by zzz05
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. Read morePublished on March 19 2006 by collwyn
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. Read more
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... Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2004 by Benjamin
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 morePublished on Jan. 5 2004 by Aaron
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
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 morePublished on Dec 21 2003
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 morePublished on Dec 13 2003 by Ryan Warren