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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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Woody Allen

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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 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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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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English | Latin

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,203,044, 12 October 2003
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Jerry and Amanda are reminiscing about when they met, Jerry mentions the time "when we checked into that hotel as S. and Z. Fitzgerald". In 2015, Christina Ricci would begin playing Zelda Fitzgerald in "Z: The Beginning of Everything". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Connections

References The Exterminating Angel (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Easy to Love
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson & his Orchestra
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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love it or hate it
14 June 2005 | by impeccableloveeSee all my reviews

I am a big fan of Woody Allen, and I must say this movie is not one of his best, but nevertheless, I loved it anyway. Even though Woody uses his old material in this movie, like when he gets paranoid about people talking about him being a Jew, it never gets old. His script was genius, like always. I also love the way he always depicts real life in his movies so accurately. I got turned on to Christina Ricci in this movie, she plays the part so well. The one thing I really did not like in the movie is how the conversations between Woody and Jason Biggs kept going on and on. I think it was because Woody used too many jokes one after another, it got old. Nevertheless, they were hilarious and very original. .. all i can say is.. woody Allen did it again!! i love him.


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