Alvy Singer, a forty year old twice divorced, neurotic, intellectual Jewish New York stand-up comic, reflects on the demise of his latest relationship, to Annie Hall, an insecure, flighty, Midwestern WASP aspiring nightclub singer. Unlike his previous relationships, Alvy believed he may have worked out all the issues in his life through fifteen years of therapy to make this relationship with Annie last, among those issues being not wanting to date any woman that would want to date him, and thus subconsciously pushing those women away. Alvy not only reviews the many ups and many downs of their relationship, but also reviews the many facets of his makeup that led to him starting to date Annie. Those facets include growing up next to Coney Island in Brooklyn, being attracted to the opposite sex for as long as he can remember, and enduring years of Jewish guilt with his constantly arguing parents. Written by
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[addressing the camera]
There's an old joke - um... two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of 'em says, "Boy, the food at this place is really terrible." The other one says, "Yeah, I know; and such small portions." Well, that's essentially how I feel about life - full of loneliness, and misery, and suffering, and unhappiness, and it's all over much too quickly. The... the other important joke, for me, is one that's usually attributed to Groucho Marx; but, I ...
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In Annie Hall (1977), Allen once again reprises his role as the paranoid, neurotic, nervous, Jewish intellectual who is obsessed with sex, anti-Semitism, and New York City. Personally, I find this jittery archetype more annoying than anything else, and if the other negative comments on the IMDB about Annie Hall are any indication, I'm not alone. It is not Allen's directing that I have a problem with, it is his physical presence in the movie itself. It's a shame really, because my subjective reaction to him made what should be a very funny movie into a tedious ordeal. Make no mistake about it, Allen at least wrote a wonderful screenplay. Lines like `My grammy never gave gifts. She was too busy getting raped by Cossacks,' or `Annie, there's a big lobster behind the refrigerator. I can't get it out. This thing's heavy. Maybe if I put a little dish of butter sauce here with a nutcracker, it will run out the other side,' or even the discussion about how Alvy Singer (Allen's character) is one of the few males to suffer from penis envy are hilarious to read. They're funny. But when coming from Allen's mouth, my personal dislike for him colors everything. Suddenly, a line that was funny to read becomes boring and flat, and even forced in most scenes. And of course there is the issue of Allen whining. Apparently the character he plays is a successful comedian who is fairly well off. This character has an active sex life, with women most would consider beautiful. He has nothing to complain about. That Allen portrays himself as some sort of sexually desirable person, while at the same time being self-deprecating about his physical appearance is infuriating. As mentioned, I actually liked some of the directing. Allen's mixing of past and present is particularly interesting and something I would have enjoyed seeing more of. His screenplay is clever and witty. But he will never, in my opinion, be the right man to star in this (or any other movie). I think if I could have accepted John Cusack or Jack Nicholson as Alvy Singer far more easily than I could Woody Allen. And I don't view my subjective reaction to this movie as some sort of shortfall. No one alive or dead has ever been 100% objective, and to suggest that someone must be 100% object to review anything is ridiculous. Being subjective doesn't mean one can't also analyze, and someone who claims to be purely objective is not only a fool, but is indicating he thinks many other people are fools too.
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