13 Conversations About One Thing

13 Conversations About One Thing

Director: Jill Sprecher Cast: Matthew McConaughey, John Turturro, Alan Arkin


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Following up on her acclaimed debut, Clockwatchers, Jill Sprecher spins this intricate ensemble film about life's big questions. Set in New York City, the film focuses on five different characters with radically different perspectives on life. Gene (Alan Arkin) manages a large insurance company and is a compulsive pessimist, constantly bursting the bubbles of his more cheery colleagues. Walker (John Turturro), who holds a similarly bleak view of the world, decides that he cannot stand another day in his dull life as a physics professor and thus promptly dumps his wife, Patricia (Amy Irving). Troy (Matthew McConaughey) is an up-and-coming lawyer whose career is derailed after a hit-and-run accident. And Beatrice (Clea DuVall) is a modest cleaning woman hoping for a miracle. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.

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Release Date: 11/19/2002
UPC: 0043396086982
Original Release: 2001
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures

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13 Conversations About One Thing 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Dalav More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it for the storylines and the acting, but only so far (and my wife fell asleep). It was a 2.5 star movie, I thought. It wasn't quite as profound as it aspired to be. I could have loved this movie but something held me back. For want of a better word, the movie tried to pursue a ¿unified theory¿, but I think it just didn¿t bring the message home. I just didn¿t buy into it fully. Maybe the characters weren¿t appealing enough. I didn¿t get the sense of a wonderful universe in which we are all touched by a comforting ¿fate¿. Rather it left me feeling the opposite: that the characters were essentially solitary figures, and if there was any unifying force it was just a bitterly cold wind that blowing through us.
ProseSax More than 1 year ago
'May you get everything you wish for.' This is actually used as a curse by one of the central characters in this unusually gratifying film by indie director Jill Sprecher.Five characters interweave in plotlines that tangle and untangle in unexpected ways. Alan Arkin is especially effective as the office drudge who delivers the afore-mentioned curse, and Matthew McConaughey begins with a charcater we've seen him play before, but takes him in a totally new direction.
The futility of making plans seems to be the 'one thing' these stories are about.This one will lead to some great conversations.