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  • RedSoxCoder25 February 2007
    This movie really is an underrated gem. Somehow most critics have become totally unable to accept Woody Allen's work for what it is and compare it only to other movies from the same years.

    Woody Allen has said many times that he has no interest in looking back to his old work and, in my opinion, it really shows. From someone who has often raved about the 'Radio Days' of his youth and adores prewar Jazz, he has steadily developed into a director who has no trouble catching the modern every day lives of the people around him. Recreating the atmosphere from his older movies would only show the inability to move on, along with the rest of the world.

    Anything Else is proof of that. It's a modern movie with a typical Woody Allen style dialogue that works on several levels. Between the jokes and witty remarks and often great replies, lie the worries of any young guy or girl that has to learn to deal with life's fears and frustrations. Anything Else also has a really nice atmosphere and a great pace - the movie at almost 2 hours never feels like it's stalling or going nowhere. The story moves forward constantly. Biggs really is the star here and is a perfect Young Woody Allen. Ricci is only a supporting character, but both she and the rest of the cast really make this into a believable, relaxed and enjoyable experience.

    For those who are willing to learn a little: this movie does make a simple, but very true point about learning to deal with life.

    Photography, directing, editing and writing is really first class work - nothing less than what you get in other top Woody Allen movies. Beautiful locations, great camera work and typical Woody style jazz really make this into a perfect 10/10.

    The lack of awards and negative reviews are just like Dobel (Woody Allen) says in this movie: You's just like anything else.

    Go see it for yourselves!
  • The predictability of the reviews on this database is hilarious. Every Woody Allen film gets...'it's not as good as Annie Hall'. Over and over and over again. As though Woody Allen has committed a heinous crime in making a supposedly lesser film. Just as every Martin Scorsese film gets a run of 'It's not Raging Bull or Goodfellas'. Over and over and over again. I think that sometimes people sit down intent on wallowing in gloom, specifically to compare a film negatively with a director or actor's previous works. Probably the sort of irritating people who go back to the same place on holiday every year and complain that it was cheaper last year, much more fun and friendly and the place has become too commercialised.

    Quite frankly I don't care if Anything Else is as good as Annie Hall. I loved it. From start to finish I laughed out loud at the fantastic dialogue, and unlike others I thought the acting was superb. Having heard next to nothing about it on release, this was one of the most unexpectedly funny, heart warming and intelligent films I have seen for some time.
  • This film is one of Woody's best. Basically is it criticised by people who don't like Woody Allen for being like all the others, or by people that do like him because it's not quite his usual story line. The only weakness is that Jason Biggs is not quite up to the task, and looks a little lacking in confidence in places. Christina Ricci is excellent as ever, and Woody does a great job playing the eccentric old man, a role that is much more appropriate to his age than many he has attempted to play since he became middle aged (20+ years ago!).

    This is packed with interesting views on life, great jokes (not Woody's usual repetition of the same jokes like the "polymorphously perverse" line) and touching reflections on relationships.

    Highly recommended.
  • Woody Allen steps back from himself in ANYTHING ELSE and turns center stage over to a couple of young protagonists who are allowed to thrash around and make their own mistakes, with only a little kibitzing from the side by Woody. In the process, the film tackles all of the larger issues of life, love, ethics and the loneliness of man in the universe that Woody has grappled with, in varying degrees of clarity, in so many of his earlier films, but does it in a way that charms and tickles the audience and, ultimately, reassures them. While Woody's character has a dark, paranoid streak to him, the film is nowhere near as bitter and acidic (nor as profound) as DECONSTRUCTING HARRY (1997), the last film of Allen's to address these issues head-on.

    Woody plays a sage/mentor to a young comedy writer who's trying to write a dark, existential novel. The writer, Jerry Falk (played by Jason Biggs of AMERICAN PIE fame), is saddled with a clinging manager (Danny DeVito), who keeps using inappropriate (but amusing) Garment Center metaphors, and is mired in a hopeless relationship with Amanda, a whirlwind of a young woman who sucks people into her life and then treats them badly. Played to perfection by Christina Ricci, Amanda is smart, seductive, and clearly exciting to be around, but is a bundle of deadly neuroses that will take a lifetime to untangle. We see her future self reflected in her narcissistic, childlike mother (Stockard Channing in a wonderful comic supporting performance), who comes to stay with the couple early in the film.

    It's all about Jerry coming to grips with who he is, what he wants to do, and what it will take for him to get there. And it's Woody, playing a schoolteacher near retirement age who wants to tackle a comedy writing career late in life for himself, who serves as the catalyst for Jerry. Thus, the movie encapsulates, in, perhaps, an overly tidy fashion, the broad advice Woody wants to dispense to the younger members of his audience. While it's occasionally cartoonish and sometimes veers narrowly toward the heavy-handed, it also gives us a more confident and lively Woody, one who is freed from the self-imposed demands of being the romantic lead. Overall, it's a delightful, charming, funny and genuinely touching film which not only makes very good use of its young stars, but also of its writer-director-co-star-turned elder statesman.
  • This film is a romantic comedy about two young lovers and an older man who happens to be very paranoid.

    Anything Else is a typical Woody Allen film, where there are a lot of paranoia and irony. It is dialog heavy, which is a good thing because the dialogs are fun and witty. There are so many memorable scenes in this film. An example is that Woody Allen thiks it is necessary to carry a chainsaw because the modern world is infested with crime. Another scene is that Christina Ricci is too scared to have sex and has a panic attack, and yet she allows the doctor to touch her all over and have no panic attack. That scene is just so funny. I hope this film and other recent Woody Allen films, like "Small Time Crooks" and "Hollywood Ending", reach a wider audience.
  • Ok, the man is an establishment. That's what keeps this movie from being vague, shallow and void. Woody Allen can claim for himself his kind of movies, and nobody else does them like he does. So, when you see a Woody Allen movie, you know precisely what you are going to get, the difference being sometimes more surprised, and sometimes less. Well, here there's no surprise, except the way that Allen seeks new talent and awards them with the typical alter ego role. It's up to them to prove that they can handle it. Kenneth Branagh did it, John Cusack did it, and now Jason Biggs is the nervous new yorker who goes to psycho analysis. Well, it works, but the truth is that Biggs' character behaves like a 35-year-old trapped in a 21-year-old body. And the fact that some of the movie doesn't make much sense, you can never forget that this is the realm of Woody Allen, and even if it doesn't make sense, it's always funny and you'll always laugh. Everybody remembers the plotless "Everybody Says I Love You" but no one cared for the plot. It was entertaining. Same here. Sometimes I'd wish that Woody Allen tried a little harder to make movies with a thicker plot - remember "Bullets Over Broadway". But anyway, this movie is a permanent joy to watch, thanks to the great actors, great comedy (even with a non-existent story) and a great photography from Darius Khondji.
  • stephen-alexander-115 December 2003
    I've always been a big fan of Woody Allen. He's the sort of Director (and I guess actor as well) that you either love or hate. There's no middling territory in that regard...

    Anyway, in this film, I particularly admire the way that he's riskily used Jason Biggs and Christina Ricci. I've always found the latter to have great promise...As a child in Adams Family Values when she verbally attacked the somewhat "up his own arse" Summer Camp leader over what she perceived to be the hypocrisy of "Thanks Giving", I stood up in the cinema in ovation...Note that talking or shouting or clapping in a British cinema (I'm British) is strictly forbidden (except during showings of Star Wars)...However, with the sole exception of Buffalo 66, Christina has flopped over recent years and I hope for her sake that Woody Allen has now helped to relight the fire inside.

    Jason Biggs is another quantity altogether. The only film I've ever seen him before this one was American Pie. (American Sh*te more like!) But, all actors are obviously talented people and deserve the opportunity to show what they can really do at some stage or other...Like Bruce Willis's coming of age and quality in Pulp Fiction, or Jim Carey's in The Truman Show, Jason Biggs may now have turned a corner and opened the doors onto a new level in his Hollywood career.

    The film particularly struck a raw nerve with me as after breaking up recently with the love of my life, I saw the exact/or at least very similar thing happen to Bigg's character in this film. Allen's brilliant characterisation and understanding of even the most insane people and situations, helped me a little to come to terms with some things which in my own life are causing me a lot of pain at the moment. Girls like Ricci's character do exist (surely in abundance) and more more or less normal guys like myself and Biggs in 21st Century city life really do find that getting it right as our parents' generation did much more easily in "love", is like looking for a needle in a haystack...My search, needless to say, goes on. Thanks Woody! You are my Shrink!
  • Warning: Spoilers
    IRRITATING? Heck, yeah. Self-indulgent? For sure. A rehash of virtually every movie its creator has done in past years? Probably. Nevertheless, Anything Else also happens to be the most enjoyable Woody Allen flick since . . . well, take your pick.

    Admittedly, it doesn't entirely work on every level but it's a movie that does enough to suggest that Allen is back to something like his best form.

    With Anything Else, the much maligned movie-maker is clearly pitching for a younger audience. And it's about time, too. Allen himself takes a supporting role and in comes Jason Biggs (American Pie) as the neurotic Jewish Manhattanite, while Christina Ricci gets the nod as the love interest.

    Biggs is Jerry Falk, a young Allen-esquire comedy writer looking to make it big and Ricci is Amanda, a chain-smoking, neurotically self-obsessed Beatnik who drives men wild with her huge eyes and button nose.

    At the beginning the pair fall for each other instantly, then spend the duration of the film trying to work out their complex and complicated relationship - especially after Amanda's equally neurotic, narcissistic mother (Stockard Channing) moves in to their small apartment to live with them.

    Allen himself stars as David Dobel, an ageing comedy writer who mentors Jerry during their daily stroll through Central Park. But it soon becomes apparent that Dobel has a bit of a problem controlling his temper and this works as a neat diversion from the romantic comedy aspect of the movie.

    And Allen seems finally to have twigged that it's no longer plausible for him to make flicks in which he plays the character involved with some young girl. Who, after all, wants to see him, at 64, snuggling up to the fresh-faced likes of Ricci? Like any Allen flick, Anything Else is nothing if not wordy. As always, the conversations go on a lot longer than they should, but the script is at least scattered with killer one-liners. Such a moment arrives when Amanda attempts to reassure the sexually-starved Jerry.

    "Just because I pull away every time you touch me doesn't mean I don't love you," she quips. In another scene, there's an entertaining exchange between the mismatched couple, who are reminiscing about when they first met.

    Amanda: "I had a crush on you. Couldn't you tell by the way I was ignoring you?" and Jerry: "There was something compelling about your apathy." The picture looks great, too, with some neat cinematography by Darius Khondji that shows off Central Park to good effect - not, you understand, that anyone's gone to a Woody Allen movie for the scenery. It's the dialogue that matters most of all - and, even by Allen's standards, this features a staggering amount.

    On the negative side, is the casting of Biggs. All those who remember Kenneth Branagh's excellent turn in Celebrity will cringe while watching this guy stutter his way through the traditional Woody role.

    Ricci, though, is perfectly cast as an actress with an eating disorder, which reflects her own anorexia when she was 14. There is also a stellar supporting role from Danny DeVito.
  • I am a big fan of Woody Allen, and I must say this movie is not one of his best, but nevertheless, I loved it anyway. Even though Woody uses his old material in this movie, like when he gets paranoid about people talking about him being a Jew, it never gets old. His script was genius, like always. I also love the way he always depicts real life in his movies so accurately. I got turned on to Christina Ricci in this movie, she plays the part so well. The one thing I really did not like in the movie is how the conversations between Woody and Jason Biggs kept going on and on. I think it was because Woody used too many jokes one after another, it got old. Nevertheless, they were hilarious and very original. .. all i can say is.. woody Allen did it again!! i love him.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    At around 6.5. From what I've seen, the gist of an IMDb Woody Allen rating is that you can add two points to the film if you're a fan, and subtract two points if you're not.

    My first time seeing this on the small screen, through a sequential re-viewing of the entire works (most of which I'd seen before, but not this one). Of course it has some great lines, deep existential truths and some perfectly observed moments. This is why I would watch any Woody film, you never leave empty.

    On the other hand, Allen's tendency to ventriloquise any protagonist that isn't him is in full effect with Biggs not really up to the character's dialogue as written (whether this is a problem with writing, acting or casting doesn't really matter). Also, the early script often drags, as Allen's tendency to hammer home a relationship dynamic in the character setup makes for a lot of work in the first part of the film. I guess non-fans might be turned off by the lack of likable characters.

    In the end though, this one contained some gems in the writing; and insight into the way the world provides you with plenty of impetus to conform to a bad situation, but very little to move to a better one.

    Don't usually like to write a spoiler, but for me the obvious twist left undone in Allen's assault on authority is that HE should have ended up dating Ricci's character while sending Falk off for 'his own good'. As it is, Allen gave himself the easy out. He's a prick like that. But also one of the best film-makers that ever lived.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    In a few of Woody Allen's films, he teaches us a lesson. Here, Allen teaches us a good lesson: It's never good to cheat on people. As you see in this film, Anything else. Allen also has a way of changing genres as the movie goes. Like with my favorite Allen film, Match point. It starts off as a romance, then turns into a drama, then a suspense. Well, he doesn't exactly do that here, but he still does a good film.

    I am not that fond of Jason Biggs. That is the main reason why I didn't believe that this would be a good film. The only reason. Allen usually does great movies. Usually, I can't give any of his movies less than a 9. Cause they are usually that good. What's weird is that I think that his newer stuff is a little better.

    Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed Annie Hall, but I have to say that it's a little overrated. Manhattan was terrific. I really enjoyed Broadway Danny Rose too. I also really liked Mighty Aphrodite too. But Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Match point are one of my top three favorites.

    Anything else is the story of a man named Jerry Faulk(played by Jason Biggs). He writes skits for comedians. Him and his crazy friend(played by Woody Allen).Allen is funny as usual. Jerry, one day, meets his friends girlfriend(played by Christina Ricci) and the two fall madly in love.

    His problem is that he can't say no to anyone or end it with them. But he's together with her for a while. They both cheated on their lovers from the past. And eventually he realizes that he has made a mistake.

    I really liked this movie. I don't really like Jason Biggs, but here he's actually not that bad. But he isn't a good person. Christina Ricci is actually a bit of a bitch, which is a little different. I forgot to mention another great actor in this movie. Danny Devito is very funny as Jerry's manager who he doesn't need or like but can't get rid of him.

    Allen is a great director. After only seeing ten of billions of his films, I am very convinced. Alright, he might be an atheist pervert but he's a genius actor and director. And like all of his films, you've got to see this one.

    Note: I actually have two accounts. The other automatically logged me out and I didn't remember the password. My other account is also Sirus the virus. But really I don't know who cares.
  • Yes, I admit to being a Woody Allen fan. Yes, I agree that his movies are uneven and have not all been up to the great standards of Annie Hall or Hannah. So I saw this on video, since it slipped out of the theaters quickly. And having read the IMDB reviews, I was prepared for the worse. The good news is that Mr Allen has recovered from whatever it was that was interfering with his muse. The picture is a classic Woody Allen film: fine acting, wonderful lines and gags, an ongoing psychoanalytical situation, dysfunctional relationships, funny situations, and Woody himself in a suitable role as a crazy guy, but the only "sane" one in the film. I would also add that the scenes of New York, including Manhattan and Brooklyn, were breathtakingly beautiful.

    Critics now seem to enjoy dissing Woody, whatever his output. Maybe that's the price of a long, fruitful career. Ignore them and enjoy his films. Long may he present his gifts to us.
  • This expertly done film has the marketed trappings of a romantic comedy, but as usual the advertising is misleading. "Anything Else" is not a light romp or a gentle farce like some may expect. This is a dark and funny look at today's selfish, chaotic and often violent world. It's about the uncertainty of intention; it's about trusting one's instincts over the words and appearances of others, and it's about learning to survive on one's own. Woody Allen pulls no punches and follows things through to their inevitable end, even allowing his own supporting character to rage blindly and possibly wrongly against the all-encompassing hatred he sees everywhere he goes. Soaked in fecund greens, New York City stands in for the unknown, wild and indifferent jungle (with Central Park as its heart). So it is no coincidence that Woody drives a bright red Porsche that roars like an animal; and it is particularly apt that the car he demolishes out of rage and a sense of justice is green.

    Yet the filmmaker allows this kind of paranoia to be suspect. He challenges the fruition of distrusting everyone--even though in many cases throughout the film, the bitterness, rejection and anger are warranted.

    Many critics dismiss "Anything Else" as old jokes rehashed or even "unwatchable." I'm not sure what film they saw. I wanted to go back in the moment it ended. Yes, Woody revisits the themes of his previous films. He is an artist. Love and death, infidelity and sex are his motifs. Nobody throws out Hitchcock's later films because they were once again about the wrong man or some guy with a crazy mother. This is a cerebral, subversive movie. It has its one-liners and its rhythm of performance, complete with incredulous stuttering by Jason Biggs and a whiny Christina Ricci as an inscrutable actress. But the film is fresh and strong and--as typical of original art--completely underrated.
  • Woody Allen's witty romantic comedy about a young writer, Jerry Falk (biggs) and his problems with his wife, Amanda (Ricci). Meanwhile the young writer has a teacher-student relationship with an old writer who teaches (Allen). I thought this was classic Woody, with a modern twist. Biggs was great as the main neurotic Woody character. Thought Ricci was great as the female neurotic lead, great performance by this young actress. I thought Channing was also good as Paula, Amandas mom. DeVito was also good to see in a hilarious performance as Jerrys manager. This film had a great Woody script, some very good dialogues, interesting direction and good performances by the cast. 9/10
  • GOWBTW14 January 2006
    Here's a Woody Allen film that makes sense. Here we have a two guys Jerry(Jason Biggs, "American Pie Movies", "Saving Silverman") and David(Woody Allen) who is a complete neurotic all through here. Jerry has this problem about finding work in New York. COME ON! Everything is here in The Big Apple! However, his love life is more complicated than his line of work. His girlfriend Amanda(Christina Ricci) is totally unpredictable. Jerry should have known in the first place to break off the relationship with her, but no, he has to go along with her game. David's character is a mirror image of the master himself. The storyline of the movie is an exact duplicate of New York life itself, it was well-made, the scenery is absolute perfect, and the characters of the movie are amazing. I agree with some of the things David says about what's going on in the world. And Jerry ended up going solo to the West Coast because of David's own problems. What a pity for David, but I do wish the best for Jerry. This movie go style, it got class, its got plenty to say, "Anything Else?" Get a clue! Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars!
  • Yesterday I went to see "Anything else... WOW!!!! To those who know and love Woody, those who DON'T love Woody and those (few) who don't even know him, GO WATCH IT!!! This is definitely his best movie among the latest! It's a bit like "Annie Hall" (a lot of citations from that, too), but with more sarcasm, more acidity. The movie is also quite aggressive, contrary to his old style: he's not a victim anymore he exploits a splitting of his usual character for even more aggressive cinism! it's ABSOLUTELY GREAT!!!!! I don't know how somebody could define it "dull" or "empty": this movie is a cannonball for human relations and it gathers all the acidity and sarcasm he couldn't throw in in the past. He did it. YEAH!!!!!!
  • iwatcheverything4 January 2004
    I'll make this short but sweet. You must like Woody Allen movies to like this film. It is not your ordinary comedy. Good thing for me I think Allen's humor is great. Biggs did a very awesome job in this film. While he talked he scared me as to how much he sounded like Woody Allen. I will want to one day own this film. It is a very good one by the great writer/director.
  • travisimo16 January 2004
    Is there anything worse in the movie world than a comedy that is completely unfunny? If comedy is not accomplished, what exactly is the point of the picture? The end result is a two hour experience that feels like five hours.

    I'm wondering if this was a bad movie to get introduced to Woody Allen. I've never watched a Woody Allen comedy before, and I know he's quite different from other comedic directors, but after watching Anything Else, I just don't get it. They were a few chuckles here and there, but for the most part, the movie was just boring, unfunny, and depressing (a depressing comedy? What an oxymoron!)

    I just could not relate to the characters at all. Jason Biggs supposedly plays a comedian who falls in love with Christina Ricci's character. Both characters are just annoying especially the one played by Christina Ricci. I guess her instability and constant complaining was supposed to be funny. It just dragged the movie on even longer.

    Two other minor characters played by Jimmy Fallon and Danny DeVito were completely dispensable. Jimmy Fallon showed up for one scene but is billed on the DVD cover, and Danny DeVito's character was just plain annoying as a groveling, unsuccessful agent. Maybe the point of the movie was to create so many annoying characters that we can laugh at them. Lastly, Woody Allen played a character in this movie, and he was really the only somewhat bright spot for the whole picture. He had some funny lines and gave the story a little extra pep but definitely not enough.

    Overall, I'd say this is not a movie for the recreational moviegoer. I think you have to be a die-hard Woody Allen fan to appreciate droning chitchat as comedic gold. Just give me great, fun comedies like Old School or School of Rock any day.

    My IMDb Rating: 2/10. My Yahoo! Grade: D- (Truly Awful)
  • This is a vintage Woody ALlen great film, IF you are a Woody devotee for 35+ years. We are diminishing is numbers as we get as old and older than Woody. His humor is off the wall and so very very funny if you are a New Yorker, and somewhat of a quasi-intellect, neurotic, perhaps Jewish. Now that Woody is in the golden years his transformation of his own characters to others is simply brilliant. Jason Biggs is Woody and he did a fantastic job. Christina Ricci did a good job and she has a fantastic little body now that she is over 21. A far cry from the Adams Family and Casper. Absolutely laughed until I cried. But to those who have not like Woody before, stay home.
  • Average Woody Allen is still better than 90% of what's playing theatrically at any given time, so once again we all made the trip to the theatre as we do each year to see "the new Woody Allen." After SMALL TIME CROOKS and CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION and HOLLYWOOD ENDING, all of which were successful attempts to cross over and break out of the "Woody Allen market" and into the general audience, Anything Else features two young leads--Jason Biggs and Christina

    Ricci--performing in what's basically a re-write of elements from earlier Allen films such as Annie Hall and Manhattan. Despite the appeal of the young leads, I can't see this film appealing to a young audience. At 45, I was the youngest person in the theatre (except for my teenaged children). Like, say, a later film of Laurel and Hardy or a later film of Clark Gable, this is of interest because it's Woody Allen. It has its charms. The casting is great--beyond Biggs and Ricci, Stockard Channing is hilarious of Ricci's mother, and both Jimmy Fallon and Danny DeVito (neither of whom I usually like) are well-cast in supporting roles. There is a lot of well-written, literate dialogue. Allen's insights into human nature are occasionally insightful. Allen is actually playing a character that IS NOT COMPLETELY his usual persona. The photography is beautiful, as always. Watch for Woody to switch studios again. I don't expect this one to be in theatres long, so see it while you can.
  • This is some very Woody Allen.This is something he has done since the beginning of time, really.Anything Else (2003) has Jason Biggs in the lead, kind of like young Woody.He has the same manners, everything.But he does it good.Not better than the original, though, but good.He plays Jerry Falk, a comedy writer and neurotic, of course.Christina Ricci is his slightly, just slightly annoying girlfriend, Amanda.Stockard Channing is her slightly annoying mother.The great Danny DeVito is the agent Harvey who may not be the best one in the business.The restaurant scene with him is terrific.Fisher Stevens is seen as the manager in one scene.SNL's ex member Jimmy Fallon plays Bob in the movie.Anthony of the Arkin family visits as a stand-up comedian.Woody himself plays the older teacher David Dobel who gives lots of wise advice to Jerry.Anything that comes out of his mouth is something brilliant.This is Woody at his best, in this millennium, anyway.Anything Else may be something Woody has done forever but since he does it so good, it really doesn't matter.His Jewish intelligence is unbeatable.Don't watch anything else, watch Anything Else.
  • While I enjoy some Woody Allen movies for his neurotic characters and basic existential themes - I am no fanboy. He seemed to be trying SO hard to throw in references to make sure it was "woody" enough. I was just waiting for there to be a mention of Satre, and I wasn't disappointed.. None, absolutely none, of these characters were enjoyable to me. While they resembled many other characters from Woody's previous films, they didn't have the charm of so many of his other characters. Biggs was a wimp.. but not in a cute way, more in a disgusting spineless idiot manner. Ricci was a "lost soul" like so many of the women in Allen's films.. But it seemed more like she was a soul who was driven to take advantage of those around her, with no feelings for anyone but herself. The mother was an extension of Ricci's character (annoyingly entitled and self-absorbed). So many of the themes seemed to be just thrown together in a disjointed stew. The entire survivalist thing.. was just out of place.

    In all, after wasting almost two hours of my time on this movie, I wanted to put the DVD through the shredder. If this movie was by ANYONE other than Woody Allen - there would be very little positive reaction to this crap..
  • Warning: Spoilers
    Neither one of Woody Allen's worst films, nor one of his best. It has a few laughs (-"Do you love me?" -"Of course, why do you ask? Because I pull away every time you try to touch me?"), some cinematically inventive moments (though nothing that Woody hadn't already done before in "Annie Hall"), and certain emotionally accurate observations. But it often feels like it's going around in circles without really getting anywhere. I decided to note down all the quote-worthy lines of this film - and they are in the single digits. And some stuff - like Allen's obsession with guns for self-defense - simply doesn't work at all. But other stuff - like the psychoanalyst who barely speaks - does work, Jason Biggs acquits himself admirably in the "younger Woody Allen" role, and as is to be expected from an Allen film, the cinematography and the music are a pleasure for the eyes and ears, respectively. **1/2 out of 4.
  • tishado9 October 2010
    I was very surprised to see this in the theater after having seen the 6.4 score on IMDb. Maybe my expectations were way exceeded so I mistakenly think this is great, but I don't think that is the case. We had a great time-the movie was thoughtful, funny, ambiguous, thought-provoking, had great acting-about anything you could ask for from Woody Allen. Maybe I don't get out often enough but I laughed pretty hard at some of the jokes (once to tears) and walked away from this movie thinking a lot about life. Christina Ricci did a great job, rising to her potential. Allen also had one of the best roles I have seen him play in a long time. All I can imagine is that there are some people out there scoring subjectively(perhaps disappointed that this is not their favorite Woody Allen movie) and not in any absolute sense.
  • Another Woody Allen movie, another Woody Allen set of characters (from NY of course). I liked Woody's character, but I felt that Biggs, who played the main character (the type which Woody has played so many times), was awkward in his role. He was not as fun to watch as a younger Woody Allen. Christina Ricci did a good job. Danny DeVito delivered a very funny performance.

    All in all I enjoyed myself and got a lot of laughs, though there were somewhat-rehashed situations and characters. Just do not expect to see another Manhattan, Purple Rose of Cairo or Deconstructing Harry
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