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Melvin Goes to Dinner 

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Bob Odenkirk, best known for the wicked HBO series Mr. Show, makes his feature directorial debut with this excellent and unexpected comedy of manners, adapted by Michael Blieden from his play. The title character (Blieden) agrees to meet a buddy (Matt Price) for dinner and plunges into a wild and revealing conversation with him, his daffy coworker (Stephanie Courtney), and her alluring companion (Annabelle Gurwitch), an old friend she's met by chance on the street outside the restaurant. There's an agreeable cameo from David Cross (Odenkirk's partner on Mr. Show) as a cracked motivational speaker and a brilliant one from Jack Black as a calm and lucid schizophrenic, but the main focus is Blieden's witty examination of contemporary sexual mores. With Maura Tierney. 84 min.

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