Actors: Alan Arkin, Matthew McConaughey, Amy Irving, John Turturro, Clea DuVall
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about 13 Conversations About One Thing|
|Gene (Arkin) is a grumpy mid-level manager in an insurance office; Troy (McConaughey) is a young and cocky prosecutor in the DA's office; Beatrice (DuVall) does housecleaning and is eternally optimistic; Walker (Turturro) is an anal physics professor at Columbia who puts a little spice in his life by cheating on his wife Patricia (Irving). These characters' lives interweave -- sometimes directly and sometimes unbeknownst to them -- as Troy is involved in a hit-and-run accident, and Gene sticks it to a subordinate whose sunny disposition and good luck annoy him. We see these imperfect but likable characters wrestle with their consciences and the huge consequences of small incidents. The film is wry, thoughtful, quiet, with a constemplative Satie-like soundtrack. The stories are related in nonlinear order, which can be a little disconcerting at first but is ultimately refreshing. Arkin is incredibly fine, and most of the rest of the acting is quite good as well. Sisters Jill and Karen Sprecher wrote the story, and Jill directed this 2001 film, partly inspired by Bertrand Russell's book _The Conquest of Happiness_.
--David Loftus, Resident Scholar
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Time/era of movie:
- present (2000-2010)
Inner struggle or disability
- (General) search for meaning/identity
- white collar office worker
- business executive
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- (man) bald
- (man) fat
Events of movie makes character more...
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor?
- Cynical sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- (man) short/standard straight
- (man) average build
How much in movie?
- White (American)
- general circumstances
- New York
- rude people
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Movie makes you feel...
Sex/nudity in movie?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
- Some foul language
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