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Anything Else (2003)

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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Storyline

Jerry Falk and David Dobel, who meet at a business meeting, become fast friends. Their commonality is that they are both fledgling New York based comedy writers, largely writing material for stand-ups, are Jewish (although David is an atheist), and are each of bundle of different neuroses. Their big difference is that Jerry is twenty-one, while David is sixty, with forty more years worth of life experience, knowledge and neuroses. While Jerry writes full time - he also working on a novel - David has kept his day job as a public school teacher just in case. In their relationship, David becomes somewhat of Jerry's mentor, providing advice on Jerry's life issues, most which revolve around the fact that Jerry is a product of inertia, he having trouble leaving anyone. That's why Jerry's still with the one and only manager he's ever had, Harvey Wexler. Jerry not only being Harvey's only client (which is a testament to his effectiveness in the job), Harvey also has a 25% take as stipulated ... Written by Huggo

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In any relationship, one person always does the heavy lifting

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

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19 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Woody Allen Spring Project 2002  »

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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 »

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When Falk types on his laptop computer, the number of (enlarged) typed lines alternates between five in close-up to just three at a distance. See more »

Quotes

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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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References Breathless (1960) See more »

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The Way You Look Tonight
Written by Dorothy Fields & Jerome Kern
Performed by Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson & his Orchestra
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Woody's done it again, hilarious comedy that is perfectly casted
8 August 2005 | by (Milpitas, California) – See all my reviews

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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