A director is forced to work with his ex-wife, who left him for the boss of the studio bankrolling his new film. But the night before the first day of shooting, he develops a case of psychosomatic blindness.
Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him.
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
This is loosely based on Woody Allen's experiences of being a young comedy writer, he married young, and met an older man who taught him a lot about life, comedy, philosophy, and was institutionalized. See more »
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 »
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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I saw this movie on a plane to Los Angeles. I was smashed. Something in this movie is new. I asked everybody whether they saw the movie but nobody had and I was all by myself to feel "enlightened" by the story. Maybe what I saw that was new in "Anything Else" is not really new to those people who watch movies regularly or who may have seen more of Woody´s movies than I have. I personally was smashed be the clear messages it gave:
Be suspicious! You are scared of life and you cannot change it! The Holocaust can never be forgiven! Prepare for selfdefense! Fight back! Follow your own interests!
Did you hear what the guy just said? - No I didn´t. - He said "the Jews start all the wars". I tell you it´s a dangerous world we are living in!
To me the character played by Woody Allen is the one who is sticking out and will stick out more and more, with pretty much most of the rest of the people who consider them- selves educated not open to simple lines like that.
How sad. And how true.
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