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Melinda and Melinda

Year: 2005
Studio: Fox Searchlight
Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Cast: Radha Mitchell, Amanda Peet, Chloe Sevigny, Will Ferrell, Johnny Lee Miller
After a long downhill slide, Woody Allen starts to claw his way back up again with this effort that ranks way below his early stuff, but very high over his last few (although I liked Celebrity, which everyone else seemed to hate).

A bunch of writers and playwrights are sitting in a restaurant talking about the nature of life - is it comic or tragic? It's a pretty pretentious idea to then follow the same character - Melinda (Mitchell) through two streams of reality; one comic, one tragic, but each story is mostly entertaining in that they showcase Allen's keen sense of the vagaries of human relationships as people fall in and out of love and lust and generally make a mess of their lives.

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