Gil Pender, a frustrated screenwriter, who is trying to write his first novel, goes to Paris with his fiancée’s family. An idealist and a dreamer, he discovers himself through nocturnal visits with the great artists, including Paul Gauguin and Henri Lautrec, and writers of the 1920s. Gertrude Stein even reviews Gil’s manuscript, and she and Ernest Hemingway give him tips for making it great (A writer should be so lucky!).
It is only when Adriana, a woman from the past, whom Gil met through F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, wants to live in the 1890s that he comes to understand that no one ever thinks the period in which he lives is as good as an earlier period. With that knowledge, Gil is able to find peace with living in 2010. He returns to the present, breaks up with his fiancée, with whom he has absolutely nothing in common, and finds true love with a French woman, who loves Cole Porter music as much as he does. Yes, he met Cole Porter, too.
Midnight in Paris was written and directed by Woody Allen.