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The original unwieldy title was "Loosely Based on a True Love Story" because it's loosely based on writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky's story "The Gambler," which was based on a true incident in his life. Or at least that's what the original hype for the movie maintained. Writer Alex (Wilson) has big gambling debts so he takes an advance from his publisher (Reiner) in exchange for churning out a book in 30 days. He hires stenographer Emma (Hudson) to take dictation of his very bad novel, which is set in 1924 and comes to life as Alex spins a story that Emma heartily criticizes. Lame romantic comedy wastes its leads, who have been much more charming in other films (and who have no chemistry together). Lovely blond Hudson is forced into a drab brunette persona that's as unappealing as her wardrobe.

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Available on Running time 96 minutes. Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

Romantic Comedy, Writers, Gambling, Boston, Words Come to Life
Jeremy Leven
Luke Wilson, Kate Hudson, Sophie Marceau, David Paymer, Francois Giroday, Rob Reiner, Cloris Leachman, Rip Taylor
Gavin Finney
Rob Reiner
Marc Shaiman
Robert Eber, Robert Leighton, Alan Edward Bell, Helen Harwell, Shay Cunliffe, John Larena
Rob Reiner, Alan Greisman, Todd Black, Elie Samaha, Jeremy Leven, Franchise Pictures, Escape Artists, Warner Bros.

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Alex & Emma
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Alex Sheldon is an aspiring writer with a writer's block and a gambling issue that has left him $100,000 in debt to a Cuban mafia. If he doesn't pay it soon he will be killed! Alex hires Emma Dinsmore , a court stenographer to be his dictator. His novel, set in the roaring 1920's is about a man named Adam Shipley, a writer who has personal problems and is shy to be in love with women. Emma has many views and ideas that really help Alex's story. As they spend more and more time with the novel, they start to fall in love with eachother, and their relationship is similar to the novel.