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Anything Else (2003)

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Jerry Falk learns a lesson the hard way when he falls in love with the beautiful but flighty Amanda.

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Woody Allen

Writer:

Woody Allen

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Allen ... David Dobel
Jason Biggs ... Jerry Falk
Fisher Stevens ... Manager
Anthony Arkin ... Pip's Comic
Danny DeVito ... Harvey Wexler
Christina Ricci ... Amanda
KaDee Strickland ... Brooke
Jimmy Fallon ... Bob Stiles
Diana Krall ... Diana Krall
William Hill ... Psychiatrist
Stockard Channing ... Paula Chase
Maurice Sonnenberg Maurice Sonnenberg ... Movie Theater Patron
Kenneth Edelson ... Hotel Desk Clerk
David Conrad ... Dr. Phil Reed
Joseph Lyle Taylor ... Bill
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Storyline

Jerry Falk (Jason Biggs) and David Dobel (Woody Allen), who meet at a business meeting, become fast friends. Their commonality is that they are both fledgling New York City 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 is 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, having trouble leaving anyone. That's why Jerry's still with the only manager he's ever had, Harvey Wexler (Danny DeVito). Jerry not only being Harvey's only client (which is a testament to his effectiveness in the job), ... Written by Huggo

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In any relationship, one person always does the heavy lifting See more »

Genres:

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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Trivia

The joke that Woody Allen tells about the prize fighter in the boxing ring was also used in Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). See more »

Goofs

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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Connections

References Breathless (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Honeysuckle Rose
Written by Andy Razaf & Fats Waller
Performed by Teddy Wilson
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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One of the best recent Woody films
26 February 2006 | by gaonickSee all my reviews

This film is one of Woody's best. Basically is it criticised by people who don't like Woody Allen for being like all the others, or by people that do like him because it's not quite his usual story line. The only weakness is that Jason Biggs is not quite up to the task, and looks a little lacking in confidence in places. Christina Ricci is excellent as ever, and Woody does a great job playing the eccentric old man, a role that is much more appropriate to his age than many he has attempted to play since he became middle aged (20+ years ago!).

This is packed with interesting views on life, great jokes (not Woody's usual repetition of the same jokes like the "polymorphously perverse" line) and touching reflections on relationships.

Highly recommended.


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Release Date:

19 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Woody Allen Spring Project 2002 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,673,125, 21 September 2003

Gross USA:

$3,212,310

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,585,075
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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