Gre za odličen film Woodyja Allena. V newyorški restavraciji Sy s svojo družbo razpravlja o bistvu življenja. Je življenje tragično ali komično? Svojo pripoved začini z zgodbo o mladi lepotici Melindi, ki ima resne težave. V tragični verziji njenega življenja se Melinda, ki se je ločila in izgubila skrbništvo nad otroki, nepričakovano oglasi pri prijateljih ter ju spravi v veliko zagato. Melinda je pod vplivom alkohola, zato je zelo možno, da bo pokvarila prijeten večer. Nato smo priča še lahkotnejši različici Melindinega življenja.
Al, Louise, Max and Sy - four literary types who work in the theater business - are discussing what they believe to be the real life truths underlying their work, Max who writes primarily tragic plays, and Sy who writes primarily comic plays. Al proceeds to tell them a real story of a troubled woman named Melinda Robicheaux showing up unexpectedly at a door in the middle of an important business dinner party. Melinda long ago left her physician husband to embark on a relationship with who she initially believed to be the man of her dreams, which ended up not being the case. Melinda tries to put her life back together with the help of select people at the dinner party, some who have their own ulterior motives. Melinda's appearance also opens up the cracks existing in the marriage of one of the couples at the dinner party, while it leads to the dissolution of a friendship that has existed since college. With this basic outline of a story, Max and Sy try to make their point of life being truly a tragedy or comedy on spinning Melinda's story with their own mindset.