Alex & Emma

My Old Addiction


(out of 5)

Popular novelist Alex (Luke Wilson) has gotten too carried away with his gambling problem and now owes a couple of mean Cuban mobsters one hundred thousand dollars. The only way he can come up with the money within the 30-day period they’ve given him is to finish writing a book he hasn’t started and hand it over to his publisher (Rob Reiner, who also directs, and surprisingly badly) who has promised him an instant advance. In order to write the book as quickly as possible, Wilson hires a nerdy stenographer (Kate Hudson) who takes his dictation and later types it up in full written form. As they progress in their work, Hudson’s input into the characters and their choices ends up having serious ramifications for the story, which in turn gives Wilson more insight into his own problems with women. Interspersed with…

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