Puccini for Beginners  



A love triangle of operatic proportions.

Puccini for Beginners (2006)

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When her inability to commit leads to a breakup with her girlfriend, opera-loving writer Allegra winds up in the bed of amiable professor Philip. He is so smitten with Allegra that he dumps his lover, Grace (Justin Kirk), and convinces Allegra to continue their affair. When Allegra meets Grace, sparks fly, and she begins a parallel romance, unaware that her new lover is the woman Philip left to be with her.

Director: Maria Maggenti

Release Date: 2006-01-01
Status: Released
Run time: 82 min / 1:22
Revenue: $89,417
Production Company : Independent Digital Entertainment
Production Country: United States of America
Release Date: 2006-01-01
Status: Released
Run time: 82 min / 1:22
Revenue: $89,417

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Casts

Elizabeth Reaser
as Allegra
Gretchen Mol
as Grace
Justin Kirk
as Philip
Julianne Nicholson
as Samantha
Jennifer Dundas
as Molly
Tina Benko
as Nell
Brian Letscher
as Jeff
Kate Simses
as Vivian
Nick Sullivan
as Greg
Will Bozarth
as Jimmy
Ken Barnett
as Catering Boss
James Ransone
as Lone Guy at Bistro

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Directing Maria Maggenti Director
Writing Maria Maggenti Writer

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  • Puccini for Beginners, which takes its title from its heroine's passion for opera, isn't just another trendy toe-dip in sexual experimentation. It may not be the real world of New York, or even of most relationships, but it's worth a visit. Read full review

  • Puccini for Beginners doesn't quite make it as romantic comedy. Most of the elements are in place, but the characters seem too narcissistic to fall in love and too broad-brush to be authentic.

  • Thankfully, Puccini for Beginners isn't quite as exploitative as you might expect for a movie about a bisexual love triangle. But that's about all the credit this flat-footed, would-be screwball ...

  • PUCCINI FOR BEGINNERS tells the story of a lesbian who keeps having short lived romantic relationships due to her fear of commitment. The film begins with yet another girlfriend breaking up with her and then our main character settles for living life alone.

  • Elizabeth Reaser, left, and Gretchen Mol in “Puccini for Beginners.” It all looks easy when it’s carried off this smoothly. But as any number of stilted duds can attest, applying a Philip ...

  • Puccini for Beginners, which takes its title from its heroine's passion for opera, isn't just another trendy toe-dip in sexual experimentation. It may not be the real world of New York, or even of most relationships, but it's worth a visit. Read full review

  • Much like its overintellectualizing heroine, who lets her theories about sex and sexuality interfere with the dictates of her soul, Maria Maggenti's long-belated follow-up to her groundbreaking ...

  • Puccini for Beginners has fun with matters of the heart and actors Elizabeth Reaser, Gretchen Mol and Justin Kirk offer a inoffensive characterizations in their three way game of tag. Whether short or long, the narrative focalizes on the bookends of relationships – here it’s about dumping the excess weight before getting into a ...

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  • Woody Allen for Beginners 17 July 2007 | by brenttraft – See all my reviews I really wanted to like "Puccini for Beginners" but it is a heavily flawed film.