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BTDesign Award
My Dinner With Andre (1981)

Cast: Andre Gregory, Wallace Shawn

Director(s): Louis Malle

Language: English

Genre: Social Drama


A stream-of-consciousness dialogue between playwright/actor Wallace Shawn and director/actor Andre Gregory, as it unfolds over dinner in a posh NYC restaurant. The two basically play themselves, and Andre does most of the talking. Wallace Shawn functions as a sort of audience-surrogate, grounding Gregory's philosophical speculations with his own occasional wisecracks.


motleymitch wrote on May 6, 2005, 5:07 pm
Not a movie for everyone, no doubt, but intriguing nonetheless. It's essentially two guys talking life, death, and various forms of philosophy at a table in a restaurant for 2 hours. That's it. When movies are done in this style, they either hit it bang on, or it stinks. I rather liked this one.
MasterWoodsman wrote on May 6, 2005, 5:45 pm
Unique movie for intellectuals. Not a single action shot or even location change, just two guys talking for 2 hours. The dialog is pretty interesting throughout, with two points of view playing against each other. I haven't seen it in many many years, but I seem to remember that Andre talked a lot like Elaine's boss from Seinfeld. Always going on about experiencing life through travel and adventure. The other guy argues that you don't need to do all that to have a rich life.

Something like that. If you can't pay attention to a dialog, stay the hell away.

(I loved that Simpson's joke where Bart plays the video game version of this movie!)
motleymitch wrote on May 6, 2005, 5:58 pm
Actually, it was Martin Prince.
"Tell me more!"
Another option on the video game was 'Bon Mot'.
What a great obscure reference!
motleymitch wrote on May 7, 2005, 8:26 pm
And 'Trenchant Insight'!
Jefferygn wrote on April 18, 2011, 8:09 am
Mixed thoughts on this one. Frankly, I found the Andre character pretentious and full of crap. But, there are a few philosophical gems that reside in their dialog. My favorite is that all the goals we set for ourselves are all part of an elaborate fantasy world we live in. An interesting statement on the way we are constantly told to live our lives...

Plus, you just gotta give props for someone having the balls to make a movie like this. Pretty cool.

And not to mention that great video game this movie inspired!

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