My Dinner with Andre

My Dinner with Andre

Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, apparently playing themselves, share their lives over the course of an evening meal at a restaurant. Gregory, a theater director from New York, is the more talkative of the pair. He relates to Shawn his tales of dropping out, traveling around the world, and experiencing the variety of ways people live, such as a monk who could balance his entire weight on his fingertips. Shawn listens avidly, but questions the value of Gregory’s seeming abandonment of the pragmatic aspects of life. A slight disclaimer should perhaps accompany this review if only to say that if the idea of sitting in on a two-hour conversation between two middle aged men, sounds like a trip to the gulag, this probably is not the movie for you. On the other hand, if you think you can muster the attention required, you are in for a thought provoking and (all disclaimers aside) entertaining film that muses on the eternal conflict between reason and passion.