Alex and Emma
This light-hearted, romantic comedy is loosely based on Dostoyevsky’s short story The Gambler. Author Alex Sheldon (Luke Wilson) is pressured to finish his second novel by his publisher (Rob Reiner, also the director) and a couple of Cuban loan sharks who have given him a month to pay his debt. After the tough guys destroy his laptop computer, Alex has to dictate the book and hires stenographer Emma Dinsmore (Kate Hudson). Alex dictates a 1920s love story, intertwining made-up places and people with his real-life. Truth becomes stranger than fiction as the characters in his novel fall in and out of love while Alex and Emma do the same. The action shifts from the novel, with characters also played by Wilson and Hudson, to real life.