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January 06, 2009

Alex & Emma

Alex_and_emma Dostoyevsky’s real-life romantic experience surrounding his short novel “The Gambler” was the inspiration for this finely woven romantic comedy about Alex (Luke Wilson), a blocked novelist who falls in love with Emma (Kate Hudson), his stenographer while dictating his latest novella about failed commitment. The movie flip-flops between acted out scenes of Alex’s novel-in-progress, as influenced by Emma, and the creeping romance between the author and his opinionated audience of one. “Alex & Emma” has a light tone of modernized ’20s inflected comedy that Woody Allen would love to still be able to capture in his movies. As with most romances, it’s the chemistry that counts, and Hudson and Wilson share a fetching coupling that amply discharges Jeremy Leven’s buoyant script.
Rated PG-13. 93 mins. (B-) (Three Stars)


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