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Settle in for a hilarious tale of complicated relationships like no other with She's Funny That Way, currently available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital HD), Digital HD and On Demand from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. In case you haven't picked up this comedy quite yet, we have an exclusive preview with stars Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots and legendary director Peter Bogdanovich, who shed some light on the characters in this story, proving that following your dreams can get rather complicated. The story centers on Owen Wilson's character, a director whose tryst with an escort (Imogen Poots) complicates his professional life.
She's Funny That Way comes from Academy Award-nominated director Peter Bogdanovich and is written by Louise Stratten and Peter Bogdanovich. The movie stars Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Kathryn Hahn, Will Forte, Cybill Shepherd, Austin Pendleton, Joanna Lumley and Richard Lewis, with Rhys Ifans and Jennifer Aniston. Described as a screwball comedy, »
Director: Peter Bogdanovich; Screenwriters: Peter Bogdanovich, Louise Stratten; Starring: Imogen Poots, Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Rhys Ifans, Kathryn Hahn, Will Forte; Running time: 92 mins; Certificate: 12A
With his first feature in almost 15 years, director Peter Bogdanovich aims for crowd-pleasing comedy without actually considering his audience. She's Funny That Way harks back to the screwball comedies of the '30s and '40s with its farcically twisted plot concerning Imogen Poots and Owen Wilson as a starlet on the rise and her neurotic director, but the narrative convolutions rarely add up to a decent punchline and the dialogue is only superficially funny. Modern moviegoers just won't get it and cineastes mightn't be too impressed either.
Immediately, Poots' Brooklyn 'New Yawk' accent strikes an odd note – is that nasal twanging supposed to be funny, or is she just overcooking it? The only thing we can know for sure about Izzy is that she's an incurable romantic, »
The festival program unveiled today includes 33 world premieres (including 22 shorts) and 135 Australian premieres (with 18 shorts) among 251 titles from 68 countries.
Among the other premieres will be Daina Reid.s The Secret River, Ruby Entertainment's. ABC-tv miniseries starring Oliver Jackson Cohen and Sarah Snook, and three Oz docs, Marc Eberle.s The Cambodian Space Project — Not Easy Rock .n. Roll, Steve Thomas. Freedom Stories and Lisa Nicol.s Wide Open Sky.
Festival director Nashen Moodley boasted. this year.s event will be far larger than 2014's when 183 films from 47 countries were screened, including 15 world premieres. The expansion is possible in part due to the addition of two new screening venues in Newtown and Liverpool.
As previously announced, Brendan Cowell »
- Don Groves
Peter Bogdanovich loves his screwball comedy and for his latest film, “She’s Funny That Way,” produced by spiritual protégés Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach, he reached back into the drawer for an old screenplay he wrote ages ago with former wife Louise Stratten. In fact, it was announced in the mid-90s, then called “Squirrel To The Nuts” and was rewritten in 1999 for the late John Ritter, according to our interview with Bogdanovich last year. “Then he passed away tragically and it was put on the back burner. Then I met Owen [Wilson]... it's hard to find an actor that can play comedy, particularly this type of comedy which is slightly screwball, slightly not. Owen, I just personally really love him as a person, and that part seemed perfect for him. He's one of the few actors around who has the old movie star quality. He's got a personality.” Starring »
- Edward Davis
Lots of people get laid in the teaser — and also slapped and punched
The “She’s Funny That Way” trailer takes slapstick comedy to a whole new level.
- Tony Maglio
The list of funny stars and comical antics are endless in Peter Bogdanovich’s “She’s Funny That Way,” which marks his return to directing a theatrical feature after a 13-year absence.
The relationship comedy reunites “Marley & Me” co-stars Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston and also stars Imogen Poots, Kathryn Hahn, Will Forte and Rhys Ifans. Wilson plays a married Broadway director who falls in love with a prostitute (Poots) and helps advance her acting career.
The project premiered last August at the Venice Film Festival, but was first conceived in the 1990s as a starring vehicle for John Ritter. It was shelved after the actor’s untimely death in 2003. Bogdanovich co-scripted the screwball comedy with his ex-wife Louise Stratten.
Previously titled “Squirrels to the Nuts,” “She’s Funny That Way” hits theaters on April 10.
- Maane Khatchatourian
It's been about 14 years since director Peter Bogdanovich was at the helm of narrative feature film, and now he's back with She's Funny That Way. The first trailer has just debuted, and it's certainly not going to be for everybody, but it has a classic charm that we normally don't see in films nowadays. It feels old fashioned, for better or worse, but it doesn't exactly look bad. The film follows a prostitute and aspiring actress (Imogen Poots) who has a one night stand with a married Broadway director (Owen Wilson), hoping to further her career. But the real story begins when the hooker auditions for a play starring his wife. Here's the first trailer for Peter Bogdanovich's She's Funny That Way, originally from Yahoo: She's Funny That Way (formerly Squirrel to the Nuts) is directed by Peter Bogdanovich (What's Up Doc?, The Last Picture Show) from a script »
- Ethan Anderton
The director of such classics as The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon is finally making a return after 14 years of absence from features, but after watching the trailer for She’s Funny That Way, I wonder if it’s anything to celebrate. Peter Bogdanovich has been keeping plenty busy over the past decade and a half, doing a little more acting, some hosting duties on TCM, maintaining a blog at Indiewire and helming some TV movies, namely biopics about Natalie Wood and Pete Rose, and a documentary on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. But his last true picture show, as far as a theatrical narrative release, was the 2001 historically inspired jazz-age farce The Cat’s Meow. For his comeback, Bogdanovich has written another wild comedy, this time with ex-wife Louise Stratten, and he’s corralled a very impressive cast, as someone of his background can easily do. Imogen Poots stars as a high-class prostitute-turned-Broadway star who »
- Christopher Campbell
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