My Dinner With André

My Dinner With André

DVD - 2009
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An actor has dinner with his friend, a theater director, at an Upper West Side restaurant. Together they discuss everything from money to death to love and all the superstition in between.
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, c2009
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9781604651560
Branch Call Number: MOVIE MY
Language Note: Subtitled for the hearing impaired
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (111 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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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.

Nov 22, 2017

Great film from a great director ~ 420

oatmeal_crispy 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)

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.

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).

ArapahoeSarahD 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!

Mar 03, 2016

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

Dec 19, 2014

The story is simplicity itself; pragmatic and under-employed playwright Wallace Shawn has a dinner date with his friend, the wildly successful (and decidedly eccentric) theatre director Andre Gregory. At first the two men exchange pleasantries and gossip until, with the arrival of dinner, the real conversation begins. Andre has been traveling the world, from Scottish communes to Himalayan temples, trying to define himself both mentally and spiritually. At first Wallace finds his friend’s wildly embellished stories amusing, his peculiar worldview a seemingly chaotic mix of new age philosophies and arty hedonism. But as the evening wears on Andre begins to hit a few raw nerves with Wallace leading to a rapid-fire intellectual debate over coffee which leaves both men with more questions than answers. Never straying far from intimate facial close-ups, Louis Malle doesn’t so much cast us as the proverbial fly on the wall but rather as silent dinner guests. As the conversation leaps from art to mortality to the elusive nature of reality itself you can’t help but be fascinated and, like myself, perhaps a little discomfited when the topic turns to love and relationships. Both men turn in flawless performances, especially Gregory’s longwinded monologue which never misses a beat or subtle nuance. Neither pretentious nor preachy, this is one meal you shouldn’t miss.

NightGoat72 Feb 23, 2014

I think better cinematography would've helped me get into this a bit more. This movie is so visually ugly.

Also, I found Andre Gregory vaguely grating.

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