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She's Funny That Way (2014)

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On the set of a playwright's new project, a love triangle forms between his wife, her ex-lover, and the call girl-turned-actress cast in the production.

Director:

Peter Bogdanovich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Imogen Poots ... Isabella Patterson
Illeana Douglas ... Judy
Graydon Carter ... Limo Driver
Owen Wilson ... Arnold Albertson
Scott Campbell Scott Campbell ... Hotel Guest #1
Erin Heatherton ... Hotel Guest #2
Melanie Hill Melanie Hill ... Hotel Receptionist
Jake Hoffman ... Hotel Bellboy
Rhys Ifans ... Seth Gilbert
Richard Lewis ... Al Finkelstein
Cybill Shepherd ... Nettie Finkelstein
Debi Mazar ... Vickie
Austin Pendleton ... Judge Pendergast
George Morfogen George Morfogen ... Harold Fleet
Tovah Feldshuh ... Miriam Pendergast
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Storyline

On the set of a playwright's new project, a love triangle forms between his wife, her ex-lover, and the call girl-turned-actress cast in the production.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Show biz has always been a little screwball.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Squirrels to the Nuts See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,814, 28 August 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$88,460, 30 August 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

People Magazine reported this film going into pre-production in the mid 1990s, with the title "Squirrels to the Nuts" and featuring Tatum O'Neal in the leading role. Peter Bogdanovich was quoted as saying "This movie is my gift to her." See more »

Goofs

When Arnold and Delta take a cab in the morning the day after the audition, the taximeter is off. See more »

Quotes

Jane Claremont: a.k.a. Glowstick. Why Glowstick? Oh! Call girl? Well that's disgusting. I mean, how do you feel when you're even doing that? Honestly? Are there any up sides to this job?
Isabella Patterson: Well, there are plenty of ups, you know? I mean, that was really a problem!
Jane Claremont: You don't joke in therapy.
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Crazy Credits

Clips from the film "Cluny Brown" and the TV show "The Sopranos" are shown during the credits. See more »

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Features Cluny Brown (1946) See more »

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Cheek to Cheek
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Fred Astaire
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best time I've had at the movies in a while
7 September 2015 | by quang-64648See all my reviews

Last night I attended a screening of Peter Bogdanovich's She's Funny that Way and I have to say it was probably one of the most enjoyable films I have seen for quite some time. Its the kind of film that makes you fall in love with film and actors and lets you understand what I great script and well seasoned director can bring to you. I really haven't laughed out loud so much during a movie in ages. Watching the film you can't help but have the comedies of Ernst Lubitsch and Billy Wilder come to mind and maybe in more contemporary fashion Woody Allen ( I really only mention it because thats who most of the people around me compared it to, if anything I think I found this much more enjoyable than a lot of the film's Woody has put out in recent year's, sorry Woody).

The cast in this film was impeccable, it was real fun to see all the familiar faces from many different eras of film but it was Imogen Poots' truly inspired performance that really brought and incredible energy to the film. I unfortunately was not aware of her prior to this film, but by the end of it I can now say I am an advocate, she was a real vision in this film and I'd love to see her in more roles like this. These are the kinda of rare films that I really think are for people that love movies and make you fall in love with the movies, and I'm happy that I saw it and its amazing to see what a director like Bogdanovich still has inside of him and its a shame that we haven't seen more modern works from him because this film proves that he can still create works that far exceed the films produced by other contemporary directors, I can't even think of a film within the last 13 years since the last Bogdanovich film that really rivals this.

This film is a quiet one set up in a screwball comedy kinda of fashion, I'm not going to go into the details, you can read that synopsis else where, but what I am going to say is that this film is pure escapist enjoyment. Its small, dialogue driven and does exactly what films at their core are meant to do and entertain and once you blink its over, and what you walk away from this film with is the memory of seeing something light hearted and fun and the feeling that you saw something special that will stick with you in the back of your mind for some time.

My only gripe that I have has nothing to do with this film but with the reviews and the rumored distribution issues with this film, I don't really know how a film like this did not receive more positive reviews and its unfortunate because due to that the film isn't going to get the release it really deserves, because this picture really needs to be seen in the theater with an audience, it really enhances the magic you feel when watching it. I can really go on and on about my love for this film, All I can really say is that I really hope that this film finds its audience because its a shame that it hasn't already because its one of those films that immerses you so deep that by the end of it you really felt like you've seen something really special.


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