Melvin Goes to Dinner
Format: DVDClosed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
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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
List Price: $26.99
Rating: R (Restricted)
Studio: Sundance Channel Home Entertainment
Actors: Fred Armisen Feridoon Asiani Michael Blieden Stephanie Courtney David Cross (II)
Size: 7.1000" x 5.4200"
Weight: 0.1800 lbs.