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Anything Else (2003)

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Jerry Falk learns a 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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In any relationship, one person always does the heavy lifting


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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)


$3,203,044 (USA) (10 October 2003)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jason Biggs filmed this during the day, and then performed opposite Kathleen Turner in the revival of "The Graduate" on Broadway in the evenings. 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 »


[first lines]
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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I Can't Get Started
Written by Vernon Duke & Ira Gershwin
Performed by Lester Young
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Isn't it obvious?
14 January 2006 | by (WILMINGTON, NC) – See all my reviews

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!

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