Alex & Emma
|Alex & Emma|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Rob Reiner|
|Written by||Jeremy Leven|
|Music by||Marc Shaiman|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Release date(s)||June 20, 2003|
|Running time||96 minutes|
Alex & Emma is a 2003 American romantic comedy directed by Rob Reiner and starring Kate Hudson and Luke Wilson. Written by Jeremy Leven, the film is about a writer who must turn out a novel in thirty days or face the wrath of loan sharks.
Alex (Wilson), an author, must repay a USD$100,000 debt to the Cuban mafia or face dire consequences. After his laptop is destroyed, he hires Emma (Hudson), a stenographer who talks as much as she writes. As Alex dictates his novel to Emma, the movie cuts away to scenes from the novel, where Adam (Wilson) interacts with a series of nannies (all played by Hudson), falling for the last one. Eventually life imitates art, and Alex and Emma fall in love.
- Kate Hudson as Emma Dinsmore / Ylva / Elsa / Eldora / Anna
- Luke Wilson as Alex Sheldon / Adam Shipley
- David Paymer as John Shaw
- Sophie Marceau as Polina Delacroix
- Rob Reiner as Wirschafter
- Chino XL as Tony / Flamenco Dancer #2
- Lobo Sebastian as Bobby / Flamenco Dancer #1
- Paul Willson as Whistling John Shaw
- Alexander Wauthier as Andre Delacroix
- Leili Kramer as Michele Delacroix
- Rip Taylor as Polina's Father
- Gigi Bermingham as Madame Blanche
- Jordan Lund as Claude
- François Giroday as Croupier
- Robert Costanzo as Bus Driver
- Cloris Leachman as Grandmother
- Earl Carroll as Bernard Pompier
- Jordi Caballero as Flamenco Dancer #3
- Michael St. Michaels as Casino Owner
- Danica Sheridan as Receptionist
Developed under the working title, Loosely Based on a True Love Story, the movie is loosely based on a true love story of author Fyodor Dostoevsky, who dictated his novel, The Gambler, in 30 days in order to pay off a gambling debt—and in the process, fell in love with his young stenographer.
The film was widely panned by critics, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it an 11% positive rating by calling it "a dull and unfunny comedy where the leads fail to generate any sparks." Alex & Emma was a flop, grossing just over USD$15 million at the box office.
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- "Alex & Emma". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
- "Full cast and crew for Alex & Emma". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved April 15, 2012.
- "Alex & Emma". Chicago Sun-Times. 2003. Retrieved December 16, 2010.
- "Alex & Emma". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 16, 2010.
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