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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: My Dinner With Andre is one of those films in which the viewer's opinion of the two characters will change over the years. They may view Wally as down to earth and pragmatic and Andre as a hippie-dippie Cloud Cuckoolander, then later think of Wally as a stolid, unimaginative stick-in-the-mud who needs Andre's free spirit to liberate him from that drudgery, or view both characters as deeply unhappy and Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life, or just two friends who haven't seen each other in a while and bemoaning the decline of theatre in New York. The film reflects the viewer's emotional state and age over time.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: At one point, Wallace complains that Andre's attitude is just inconceivable to him — with bonus points for him working with another Andre. Shawn's pronunciation of the word in this film is actually what got him the part of Vizzini — Princess Bride casting director Janet Hirshenson saw My Dinner With Andre during the former film's pre-production phase and decided she had to have him in the role based on that line delivery alone.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Played with; the two discuss some fairly high-falutin' subjects, but the movie itself is fairly easy to understand and follow; it's just two guys sitting in a restaurant talking. If anything, Wally believes True Art Is Comprehensible.

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