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Thirteen Conversations About One Thing

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A movie directed by Jill Sprecher

THIRTEEN CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ONE THING tells the interconnected stories of several New Yorkers who are searching for meaning in their lives. Troy (Matthew McConaughy), a promising attorney, puts his seemingly bright future at risk when he drives away … see full wiki

Cast: Clea Duvall
Release Date: 2002
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Thirteen Conversations About One Thing

13 Conversations About One Thing - 2001

  • Sep 2, 2008
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The Bottom Line:

"You talk too much
You worry me to death" ~

Joe Jones & Reginald Hall

After reading several reviews on this release, I was totally prepared to enjoy it. Perhaps it is just me, but I didn't find this movie refreshing or innovative at all. In fact, I found it rather boring and somewhat trite. The concept was interesting, people all focused on finding that elusive thing known as happiness, but the delivery left me feeling let down and kinda in a funk.

In a way I was reminded of Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her but didn't see the connecting rod that held the stories together. "Things You Can Tell..." held a cohesive theme, and the characters often overlapped, but at heart it was just one persona broken into several different stories and played by different stars. With 13 Conversations ..., I didn't feel the cohesiveness and thought each story stood on its own but not with enough merit to carry the movie, even though they sometimes overlapped. Of course this was a necessary evil because we were trying to find how all these different people from varied walks of life conceived their ideal happiness.

At the core, the ideals are the hidden and innermost parts of each character and must be dealt with on an individual basis. No one actor stood out in any remarkable way although there were several notable actors in the movie. By having such a juxtaposition of character studies and ideas, we have little time to invest ourselves into one of their lives or problems. Unlike "Things You Can Tell..." which introduced the characters into many different factors and situations in the movie, which allowed you to see them in different venues and with different attitudes, the characters in 13 Conversations... are individualistic and set the tone for each study they are introduced in.

The movie was written by Karen & Jill Sprecher, directed by Jill Sprecher. It was nominated for 12 awards, winning 7, and carries an R rating for language and drug use. A few of the actors involved in the project were Matthew McConaughey, Amy Irving, Alan Arkin, Frankie Faison and John Turturro.

Overall impression
While I wasn't totally overwhelmed with the movie, it was still well written with dialogue the normal human could understand and identify with easily. The actors held their parts completely but I found none to really stand out above the others. I enjoyed it but I didn't love it. With that said, I can recommend it to most people.



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