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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... David Dobel
... Jerry Falk
... Manager
... Pip's Comic
... Harvey Wexler
... Amanda
... Brooke
... Bob Stiles
... Diana Krall
... Psychiatrist
... Paula Chase
Maurice Sonnenberg ... Movie Theater Patron
... Hotel Desk Clerk
... Dr. Phil Reed
... 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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Rated R for a scene of drug use and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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19 September 2003 (USA)  »

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Woody Allen Spring Project 2002  »

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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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Trivia

After Amanda Chase (Christina Ricci) describes Humphrey Bogart as "so intensely urban," Jerry Falk (Jason Biggs) says to Brooke (KaDee Strickland), "Didn't I say that exact same thing about Frank Sinatra? Urban." In reality, Frank Sinatra was married to Woody Allen's former girlfriend and frequent collaborator Mia Farrow from 1966 to 1968. 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 »

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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 »

Soundtracks

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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One of the best recent Woody films
26 February 2006 | by See 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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