My Dinner With André

My Dinner With André

DVD - 1998
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The humorous encounter between two old friends who meet again after not seeing each other for two years.
Publisher: New York : Fox Lorber Home Video, [1998], c1981
ISBN: 9781572523449
1572523441
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Dec 06, 2017

And, what is 1981's "My Dinner With Andre" all about - You may ask??

Well - If you can imagine yourself as a customer at a fancy-schmancy restaurant and you are sitting at a table next to the likes of Boris Karloff and Elmer Fudd who are engaging in a rather loud, half-assed conversation - That should give you a pretty good idea of this film's plot-line.

For me - The bulk of the conversation that took place between this film's 2 less-than-dynamic characters was certainly far from being anything coming close to real "meat and potatoes" talk. That's for sure. In fact - I found it to be just "watery soup" rantings and ravings for the most part.

After having to endure paying attention to 80 minutes of Andre's incessant babble and kitchen-counter philosophy (while Wallace listened on with the keenest of interest) was (indeed) a real test of my patience.

I mean - This particular chin-wag only started to pick up some significant steam in its last 30 minutes. And by that point I was way too bored to care one way or the other about what was being said between the likes of Boris and Elmer here.

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patch666
Nov 22, 2017

Great film from a great director ~ 420

gordonma Nov 11, 2017

"Someone asked me the other day if I could name a movie that was entirely devoid of cliches. I thought for a moment, and then answered, My Dinner with Andre." -- Roger Ebert (1940–2013)

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Tabaqui
Oct 01, 2017

Certainly interesting, but rather long. I enjoyed discussing this movie with other people more than I actually enjoyed watching it, and I also found Wally Shawn (the narrator) very distracting. It wasn't his fault that he was Vizzini in The Princess Bride, but I couldn't get that out of my head. However, once I got past that, I enjoyed the food for thought that this movie gave me. An interesting movie, but not one that will appeal to everyone. If you're looking for a different movie, one to make you ponder things, though, this one just may be right for you.

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Aristd
May 26, 2017

Less convenient than before
How to cancel an order??

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lindy919
Mar 11, 2017

The movie equivalent of having to sit through a meal with a drama queen chatterbox. The only difference is that you can turn this one off (which I did around 45 minutes in).

AL_SARAHD Oct 11, 2016

My beloved but eccentric Uncle had been pestering me to watch this movie for what seems like a few years. Finally, last night, I had him over for dinner and we watched this film. For me personally, it was an "Ah ha!" moment in understanding him and his obsession with the importance of a slow meal and some good conversation. While many in the current age of entertainment may find this film boring, it says something about our perception of the world that, unless you've had dinner with my Uncle, you may not have heard.

LPL_DirectorBrad May 25, 2016

You've seen the video game on The Simpsons. You've maybe heard this movie is just two dudes talking. Well, it is just two dudes talking, but the conversation that takes place between Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory is spellbinding. You get to eavesdrop on two smart but very different people and their takes on the world. Just bite the bullet and watch it!

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1aa
Mar 03, 2016

Superficially, it seems quite simple; totally dialogue driven film; enjoyment is reserved for intelligent viewers only.

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Glokta
Mar 19, 2015

It's less like watching a movie and more like listening to an intense 2 hour conversation between interesting acquaintances. That's what it is really. The whole thing is 100 percent dialogue. You're watching two old friends who haven't spoken in a few years get into a deep conversation on a range of topics over dinner and coffee. Because of the age of the movie and content it takes a little time and work to get into. It gets weirdly compelling though. Some of it is interesting, some annoying, some boring, and some still feels very relevant. Andre has a sort of new age, pretentious art person who cares about stuff but still hates himself kind of philosophy about life. This is contrasted to Wallace who is a more regular everyday, relatable kind of awkward person who is concerned about normal things like his job and finances. The contrast shapes their conversation. The best part is when Wallace calls out Andre on his abstract bullsh*t and grounds his high ideas back into whatever they might or might not mean to the average person. It's thought inspiring. Watching it you feel like you are part of the conversation somehow. Probably not good to watch though if you want to take your mind off things or are looking for action and adventure. It could arguably be called pretentious, but I think a lot less so then many other films in that this one is just what it is. Nothing is obscure or symbolic or an analogy of anything. It doesn't try to be anything more then a deep conversation. So maybe not for everyone, but enjoyable if you can be open to it. And it does add to the humor of the "Dinner with Abed" episode of the sitcom Community knowing all the references to this movie now.

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