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Alice Tate, mother of two, with a marriage of 16 years, finds herself falling for the handsome sax player, Joe. Stricken with a backache, she consults Dr. Yang, an oriental herbalist who realizes that her problems are not related to her back, but in her mind and heart. Dr. Yang's magical herbs give Alice wondrous powers, taking her out of well-established rut. Written by
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When Thelonious Monk's version of "Darn That Dream" appears on the soundtrack, the LP sleeve of "Monk's Dream" is shown, implying that Alice and Joe are listening to it. However the tune is not featured on that album. See more »
Another movie from the one-man movie-making factory known as Woody Allen, Alice tells the tale of Alice (funnily enough), a rather bored housewife who embarks on a series of magical adventures thanks to the medicines given to her by Dr. Yang. Each time she undergoes a different, strange transition she ends up learning a little something about those around her and/or herself. But where will that leave her at the end of things?
A bizarre movie in the way that the grounded and banal alternates with the bizarre and fanciful, Alice is definitely far from the high standards set by my favourite Allen movies.
Mia Farrow is good in the titular lead role (though one scene when she is supposed to be smoulderingly seductive simply fails massively), William Hurt isn't used that much as the husband who provides material things but not much else and Joe Mantegna does well as a man that Alice falls for. The supporting cast includes Blythe Danner, Judy Davis, Bernadette Peters, Bob Balaban and Cybill Shepherd, who all do well, and a memorable turn from Alec Baldwin.
Others have enjoyed this as a layered, modern fantasy that packs as much in there with regards to psychology, beliefs and thoughts on life and love as any of Allen's other movies but it simply felt too shallow and simplistic for me with the fantastical moments not being quite fantastical enough and the more grounded moments not really featuring anyone I could care for or dilemmas that seemed worth spending too much time on. Oh well, nobody can please all of the people all of the time.
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