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13 Conversations About One Thing Movie Review Summary

Actors: Alan Arkin, Matthew McConaughey, Amy Irving, John Turturro, Clea DuVall

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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_.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   eccentricity    -   (General) search for meaning/identity Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   white collar office worker

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   dangerous    -   rude people Misc setting    -   sewers/subways    -   school    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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