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Anything Else (2003)

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Jerry Falk learns that lesson the hard way when he falls head over heels in love with a beautiful but flighty girl, Amanda.



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In medias res: narrator Jerry Falk, a fledgling comedy writer with an inept agent, is about to celebrate an anniversary with his girlfriend Amanda. There's trouble in paradise: she's late (and has already eaten), she's been uninterested in sex for months, and her quixotic mother is moving in with them. Jerry looks back to meeting Amanda and dumping Brooke. A constant is his friendship with another wannabe comedy writer, a 60 year old teacher named David, prone to long walks and advice filled talks. As Amanda and Jerry's relationship founders and her mom's noisy presence makes writing difficult for him, he and David plan something different. Wouldn't anything else be better? Written by <>

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In any relationship, one person always does the heavy lifting


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of drug use and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Woody Allen Spring Project 2002  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,673,125 (USA) (19 September 2003)


£39,149 (UK) (30 July 2004)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Mono)| (Mono)| (Mono)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is only Woody Allen's second film to use the anamorphic widescreen process (scope 2:35:1) (the first being Manhattan (1979)). See more »


Jerry Falk refers to a baked cannoli when in fact cannoli shells are deep fried not baked. Perhaps, Woody Allen was thinking of cannelloni. See more »


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David Dobel: You know, there's great wisdom in jokes, Falk, really. There's an old joke about a prizefighter who's in the ring, and he's getting killed, he's getting his brains beat out; and his mother's in the audience, and she's watching him getting beaten up in the ring, and there's a priest next to her, and she says 'Father, father, pray for him, pray for him!' The priest says 'I will pray for him, but if he could punch it would help!' There's more insight in that joke, into what I call the...
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A great comedy based on paranoia and irony
8 August 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

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.

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