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Alex & Emma (2003)



Critic Consensus: A dull and unfunny comedy where the leads fail to generate any sparks.

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Rob Reiner directs Luke Wilson and Kate Hudson in Alex & Emma, a romantic comedy about an author and his secretary. Gangsters will kill Alex (Wilson) in 30 days if he doesn't pay back his gambling debts. The only way he can do that is to finish his new novel. He hires sassy court stenographer Emma (Hudson) to transcribe his dictation. The film intercuts between the two of them writing the story, and the story within the story. Hudson plays three roles in the film, and Wilson plays two. Sophie Marceau and David Paymer round out the cast. The premise is (very) loosely based on a series of events that befell Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Luke Wilson
as Alex Sheldon/Adam Shipley
Kate Hudson
as Emma Dinsmore/Ylva/Elsa/Eldora/Anna
Sophie Marceau
as Polina Delacroix
David Paymer
as John Shaw
Rob Reiner
as Wirschafter
Lobo Sebastian
as Bobby/Flamenco Dancer No. 1
Chino XL
as Tony/Flamenco Dancer No. 2
Paul Wilson
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
Robert Costanzo
as Bus Driver
Cloris Leachman
as Grandmother
Michael Rapaport
as Casino Owner
Earl Carroll
as Bernard Pompier
Jordi Caballero
as Flamenco Dancer No. 3
Danica Sheridan
as Receptionist
Paul Willson
as "Whistling" John Shaw
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Critic Reviews for Alex & Emma

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (46)

The actors make this fun if you can overlook the ludicrous view of Jeremy Leven's screenplay concerning how novels are written and what publishers generally pay for them.

February 8, 2012 | Full Review…

Uninspired -- neither romantic nor comic.

September 9, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A miserable failure on every count.

December 30, 2006 | Rating: 0.5/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Alex & Emma is the kind of Hollywood formula romance that announces where it's going in its first moments.

June 29, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It has no tempo, energy or pulse.

June 26, 2003
Top Critic

This isn't one for the time capsule -- just bury it.

June 24, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Alex & Emma


A cute romantic comedy. Well done. Great story, directing, and acting.

Dannielle Albert
Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer


Cute & fun but its happy ending sucks

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

Why is it when the studios make romantic comedies they turn out to be really bad? Predictable and boring.

Marion Ravenwood
Marion Ravenwood

Super Reviewer

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