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
Carlo Di Palma, Allen's former cinematographer, came out of retirement to work with Allen on this film. Di Palma had to take a physical exam so the studio could determine if he was an insurance risk. But Di Palma failed the physical and the studio could not insure him. He died two years later. See more »
When Falk types on his laptop computer, the number of (enlarged) typed lines alternates between at least five or six in close-up and just two or three at a distance. See more »
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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Woody's done it again, hilarious comedy that is perfectly casted
Woody Allen's witty romantic comedy about a young writer, Jerry Falk (biggs) and his problems with his wife, Amanda (Ricci). Meanwhile the young writer has a teacher-student relationship with an old writer who teaches (Allen). I thought this was classic Woody, with a modern twist. Biggs was great as the main neurotic Woody character. Thought Ricci was great as the female neurotic lead, great performance by this young actress. I thought Channing was also good as Paula, Amandas mom. DeVito was also good to see in a hilarious performance as Jerrys manager. This film had a great Woody script, some very good dialogues, interesting direction and good performances by the cast. 9/10
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