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Anything Else (2003)

In any relationship, one person always does the heavy lifting

Original Title : Anything Else
Director : Woody Allen
Writer : Woody Allen
Genre : Comedy
Romance
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Letty Aronson , Charles H. Joffe , Benny Medina , Helen Robin , Jack Rollins , Stephen Tenenbaum
Photography : Darius Khondji
MPAA Rating : Rated R for a scene of drug use and some sexual references.
IMDB ID : 0313792
Official site : http://www.anythingelse-themovie.com/
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Anything Else (2003) - Woody Allen
 

Starring

Woody Allen David Dobel
Jason Biggs Jerry Falk
Fisher Stevens Manager
Anthony Arkin Pip's Comic
Danny DeVito Harvey
Christina Ricci Amanda
Kadee Strickland Brooke (as KaDee Strickland
Jimmy Fallon Bob
Diana Krall Herself
William Hill Psychiatrist
Stockard Channing Paula
Maurice Sonnenberg Movie Theater Patron
Kenneth Edelson Hotel Desk Clerk
David Conrad Dr. Reed
Joseph Lyle Taylor Bill
Erica Leerhsen Connie
Adrian Grenier Ray Polito
Anthony J. Ribustello Car Thug
Ray Garvey Car Thug
Wynter Kullman Emily
Zach McLurty Ralph
Ralph Pope Cab Driver
James Babbin Movie Patron (uncredited
Carson Grant Acting Teacher (uncredited
Greg Orvis Party-goer (uncredited
Nicolas Pernisco Bell Boy (uncredited
Melissa Ann Russo Restaurant Patron (uncredited
Eric Tonken Bar Patron (uncredited
 

Plot

A contemporary romantic comedy set in New York city about the relationship between an older guy and his younger protege. The older guy guides the younger through a messy and hilarious love story
 

Comments

Anything Else: 6/10 Although I haven't seen all of his earlier work, I consider myself to be as big of a Woody Allen fan as the next. I haven't been blown away by his recent attempts, but I didn't hate them, and found them (especially Hollywood Ending) funny and amusing, which is basically what his most recent movie, Anything Else, is. It's nothing new or groundbreaking, nothing setting a precedent for other movies to follow like some of Allen's golden movies. It's just a pleasant way to spend two hours. Allen's fatal mistake, however, was to let Dreamworks bill Anything Else as a teen comedy, with names like Jason Biggs and Christina Ricci filling up the poster. It's anything but. It stars teen comedy actors, but the relationship is nowhere near what most teen comedies depict them to be: it's more than just sex. It's not even that romantic, just a comedy. Also, teens wouldn't be attracted to anything with Woody Allen in it, although they should be. Jerry Falk (Biggs) is an aspiring comedy writer who lives with his odd girlfriend Amanda (Ricci), who is an aspiring actress. Falk meets with teacher-turned-part-time-comedy-writer David Dobel (Allen), who gives him alternately advice and one-lines (my favorite has to be Dobel talking about quantum physics: `So space and time is the same thing? If you ask someone what time it is, they'll say ‘,six miles'?'). In addition, his shrink won't help Falk at all. Amanda won't have sex with Falk for an unknown reason, leaving him even more frustrated. Just as often as Anything Else pops to life, it sizzles back down to mediocrity. There are some true times of hilarity, but often there are ten minute laughless stretches. What Allen has trouble with doing in his recent movies is keeping the laughs at a regular pace and making sure that his one-liners (which are usually great) keep in line with the plot. As I mentioned, the jokes come in at random times, and the one-liners are well placed. It seems like Allen relied less on situational comedy for this movie. There was one scene in particular where everything just `happened' for comedy (when Amanda and her mother [Stockard Channing] walk in on Falk and Dobel practicing Falk's new rifle), but that was about it. It had a completely different feel from Hollywood Ending. I also thought that the cinematography was almost too good for a silly comedy like this one. Many scenes were one take, and it made the movie feel almost like a play instead of a movie. That I really liked about this movie. Biggs was extremely good in his role: he wasn't great at his acting, but he was exactly like a younger Woody Allen in all of his mannerisms and his neuroticisms. Ricci did a great job, too, as the over-the-top girlfriend. Speaking of over-the-top, Channing does great in her over-the-top role. Allen is adequate, but, to tell the truth, I wanted more of him then the love story between Biggs and Ricci. He seemed a little different from the other characters he played. Anything Else is just like any recent Woody Allen comedy: opens to mixed reviews, leaves theaters in a few weeks and makes a small debut on DVD soon after. It's nothing new. My rating: 6/10 Rated R for a scene of drug use and some sexual references.
 
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