Puccini for Beginners

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Released 2006

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Puccini for Beginners

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Director:
Maria Maggenti
Released:
2006
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Puccini for Beginners is a 2006 romantic comedy starring Elizabeth Reaser, Justin Kirk, and Gretchen Moi in a story about a love triangle between two women and a man that is as complicated as possible. Reaser plays Allegra, an author who has just been dumped by her long-time lesbian partner, Samantha (Julianne Nicholson). Allegra rebounds from her recent heartbreak with two new relationships—one with the beautiful Grace, who has also been recently dumped, and one with Philip. Philip is handsome and clever, but Allegra doesn't know if she's interested in being with a man. Grace is kind and understanding, but she still needs to get over her ex-boyfriend. As Allegra struggles to get over her own heartbreak and choose between these two new love interests, she realizes Philip is the man who recently dumped Grace. Puccini for Beginners is a fun relationship story about the complicated process of fixing a broken heart.

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  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    It all looks easy when it's carried off this smoothly. But as any number of stilted duds can attest, applying a Philip Barry or Woody Allen sensibility to 21st-century New Yorkers ...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    Bisexuality certainly increases the geometric possibilities of the romantic comedy, completing its triangles and allowing for quadrangles and other, more amorphous layers of amorou...

  • 60

    Variety David Rooney

    While it tips its hat to screwball comedy, Puccini for Beginners owes more to contemporary sitcom. It also has way more in common with "Sex and the City" than "The L Word." None of...

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    Romantic Comedy, Independent, Slapstick