2021 Movie Draft- Round 6 Pick 10- Hanspostcard selects drama- My Dinner With Andre.
Back in the late 1970’s one Saturday afternoon I stumbled across the Siskel and Ebert movie review show for the first time and I was hooked. There were many movies I wouldn’t have seen if not for that show. One movie that stands above all the ones I discovered through Siskel and Ebert- was My Dinner With Andre. Both Gene and Roger loved the movie it sounded something that would be right up my alley -and I had to go see it.
My Dinner With Andre is a unique movie- forty years later I still haven’t come across anything quite like it. On the surface it sounds like it could be boring- two guys sitting in a New York City restaurant talking for over an hour and a half. It is anything but boring. You could divide the movie into two parts. Wallace Shawn [ best known for his acting in The Princess Bride – which came a few years later]- meets up with an old friend and mentor theater director Andre Gregory. They hadn’t seen each other in years and they have some catching up to do. Shawn had heard all kinds of crazy stories about Gregory in recent years- and the first half of the movie consists of Wally asking Andre what he’s been up to- and Gregory talking. The first half is mostly made up of Andre telling stories and what a great story teller he is. I personally have never had any interest in the theater- but Andre is a great storyteller. The second half of the movie has Wally more involved. Andre and Wally argue- really discuss- living and the best way to live your life. Wally’s life is the more normal life which I am sure most of us would more easily relate to but a lot of what Andre says makes sense too- and it always makes me think. I have watched this movie a couple dozen times over the years and every time I watch it- it stays with me for a while. I look at life a little differently. For a little while I even live a little differently. I try and break the everyday habits I have fallen into. I watched My Dinner With Andre on Saturday- I have spent time each day since- thinking about it. My Dinner With Andre- a great and thought provoking movie-that I would recommend everyone see- at least once. You’ve never seen another movie like it.
Below Roger Ebert’s review of My Dinner With Andre – from 1981.