Melinda and Melinda
Source: Catholic News Service
Only fitfully interesting interwoven stories -- one tragic, one comic -- of a distraught divorcee (Radha Mitchell in both versions) who shows up unannounced at a dinner party, disrupting the lives of the couple and their friends (Will Ferrell, Amanda Peet, Chloe Sevigny and Jonny Lee Miller), and the men with whom she becomes involved (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Sunjata and Josh Brolin). Among the myriad problems with Woody Allen's latest disappointing film is that the comedic portions are scarcely funnier than the more dramatic ones, the dialogue is perplexingly artificial, and the back and forth between the two versions is frequently confusing, despite good performances and picturesque New York location shooting. Casual acceptance of adultery, sexual innuendo and brief sexual situations, some profanity and crude language, alcohol and drug use, and attempted suicide. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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