Some reviews are so predictable (by jeremy-liebster)
The predictability of the reviews on this database is hilarious. Every Woody Allen film gets...'it's not as good as Annie Hall'. Over and over and over again. As though Woody Allen has committed a heinous crime in making a supposedly lesser film. Just as every Martin Scorsese film gets a run of 'It's not Raging Bull or Goodfellas'. Over and over and over again. I think that sometimes people sit down intent on wallowing in gloom, specifically to compare a film negatively with a director or actor's previous works. Probably the sort of irritating people who go back to <more>
the same place on holiday every year and complain that it was cheaper last year, much more fun and friendly and the place has become too commercialised.Quite frankly I don't care if Anything Else is as good as Annie Hall. I loved it. From start to finish I laughed out loud at the fantastic dialogue, and unlike others I thought the acting was superb. Having heard next to nothing about it on release, this was one of the most unexpectedly funny, heart warming and intelligent films I have seen for some time.
I've always been a big fan of Woody Allen. He's the sort of Director and I guess actor as well that you either love or hate. There's no middling territory in that regard...Anyway, in this film, I particularly admire the way that he's riskily used Jason Biggs and Christina Ricci. I've always found the latter to have great promise...As a child in Adams Family Values when she verbally attacked the somewhat "up his own arse" Summer Camp leader over what she perceived to be the hypocrisy of "Thanks Giving", I stood up in the cinema in ovation...Note that <more>
talking or shouting or clapping in a British cinema I'm British is strictly forbidden except during showings of Star Wars ...However, with the sole exception of Buffalo 66, Christina has flopped over recent years and I hope for her sake that Woody Allen has now helped to relight the fire inside.Jason Biggs is another quantity altogether. The only film I've ever seen him before this one was American Pie. American Sh*te more like! But, all actors are obviously talented people and deserve the opportunity to show what they can really do at some stage or other...Like Bruce Willis's coming of age and quality in Pulp Fiction, or Jim Carey's in The Truman Show, Jason Biggs may now have turned a corner and opened the doors onto a new level in his Hollywood career.The film particularly struck a raw nerve with me as after breaking up recently with the love of my life, I saw the exact/or at least very similar thing happen to Bigg's character in this film. Allen's brilliant characterisation and understanding of even the most insane people and situations, helped me a little to come to terms with some things which in my own life are causing me a lot of pain at the moment. Girls like Ricci's character do exist surely in abundance and more more or less normal guys like myself and Biggs in 21st Century city life really do find that getting it right as our parents' generation did much more easily in "love", is like looking for a needle in a haystack...My search, needless to say, goes on. Thanks Woody! You are my Shrink!
This movie really is an underrated gem. Somehow most critics have become totally unable to accept Woody Allen's work for what it is and compare it only to other movies from the same years.Woody Allen has said many times that he has no interest in looking back to his old work and, in my opinion, it really shows. From someone who has often raved about the 'Radio Days' of his youth and adores prewar Jazz, he has steadily developed into a director who has no trouble catching the modern every day lives of the people around him. Recreating the atmosphere from his older movies would only <more>
show the inability to move on, along with the rest of the world.Anything Else is proof of that. It's a modern movie with a typical Woody Allen style dialogue that works on several levels. Between the jokes and witty remarks and often great replies, lie the worries of any young guy or girl that has to learn to deal with life's fears and frustrations. Anything Else also has a really nice atmosphere and a great pace - the movie at almost 2 hours never feels like it's stalling or going nowhere. The story moves forward constantly. Biggs really is the star here and is a perfect Young Woody Allen. Ricci is only a supporting character, but both she and the rest of the cast really make this into a believable, relaxed and enjoyable experience.For those who are willing to learn a little: this movie does make a simple, but very true point about learning to deal with life.Photography, directing, editing and writing is really first class work - nothing less than what you get in other top Woody Allen movies. Beautiful locations, great camera work and typical Woody style jazz really make this into a perfect 10/10.The lack of awards and negative reviews are just like Dobel Woody Allen says in this movie: You know....it's just like anything else.Go see it for yourselves!
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 <more>
life, great jokes not Woody's usual repetition of the same jokes like the "polymorphously perverse" line and touching reflections on relationships.Highly recommended.
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 <more>
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.
Woody's done it again, hilarious comedy that is perfectly casted (by PersianPlaya408)
Woody Allen's witty romantic comedy about a young writer, Jerry Falk biggs and his problems with his wife, Amanda Ricci . Meanwhile the young writer has a teacher-student relationship with an old writer who teaches Allen . I thought this was classic Woody, with a modern twist. Biggs was great as the main neurotic Woody character. Thought Ricci was great as the female neurotic lead, great performance by this young actress. I thought Channing was also good as Paula, Amandas mom. DeVito was also good to see in a hilarious performance as Jerrys manager. This film had a great Woody script, <more>
some very good dialogues, interesting direction and good performances by the cast. 9/10
has some wry, insightful moments (by Movie_Man 500)
Watch this for 2 reasons: a superb supporting part by Stockard Channing and Woody Allen's best supporting role, playing Jason Biggs' more than cynical "mentor". Every line Allen recites here is a humdinger. I think it's one of his better characters. Nicely, Woody chooses not to be on screen that long himself, although that might not be a good idea, cuz Biggs seems to be trying too hard in the Woody imitation department. Christina Ricci is both irritating and unusually sexy as the screwed up love interest. She dominates most of the picture. It's like Allen drew her <more>
after one of Thomas Hardy's more insane heroines. She'll get on your nerves and turn you on in spite of it. There's future doom for you in a nutshell. Not a great movie, but it does have a lot of nice scenes in it and NY looks like a fun place to live as it always does, perhaps too ideally, in any Woody story. Again: Stockard Channing as Ricci's selfish mother is a bona fide hoot and steals the whole picture whenever she's on screen. She's like a tornado. Danny Devito as a way too lovable schlep will elicit sympathy by being too nice for his own good. Rare, seeing him play a guy who ISN'T somewhat oily first. Character driven more than plot driven, with typically keen one liners to remind you, that this isn't the usual Hollywood dreck. Hit and miss. Biggs is the weakest link, and Jimmy Fallon isn't around long enough to have an impact. I think Fallon would have made the better lead.
A fine Woody Allen Movie and a joy to watch. (by NYCDude)
Yes, I admit to being a Woody Allen fan. Yes, I agree that his movies are uneven and have not all been up to the great standards of Annie Hall or Hannah. So I saw this on video, since it slipped out of the theaters quickly. And having read the IMDB reviews, I was prepared for the worse. The good news is that Mr Allen has recovered from whatever it was that was interfering with his muse. The picture is a classic Woody Allen film: fine acting, wonderful lines and gags, an ongoing psychoanalytical situation, dysfunctional relationships, funny situations, and Woody himself in a suitable role as a <more>
crazy guy, but the only "sane" one in the film. I would also add that the scenes of New York, including Manhattan and Brooklyn, were breathtakingly beautiful.Critics now seem to enjoy dissing Woody, whatever his output. Maybe that's the price of a long, fruitful career. Ignore them and enjoy his films. Long may he present his gifts to us.
a black comedy too cynical and smart for most audiences (by coolcricket)
This expertly done film has the marketed trappings of a romantic comedy, but as usual the advertising is misleading. "Anything Else" is not a light romp or a gentle farce like some may expect. This is a dark and funny look at today's selfish, chaotic and often violent world. It's about the uncertainty of intention; it's about trusting one's instincts over the words and appearances of others, and it's about learning to survive on one's own. Woody Allen pulls no punches and follows things through to their inevitable end, even allowing his own supporting <more>
character to rage blindly and possibly wrongly against the all-encompassing hatred he sees everywhere he goes. Soaked in fecund greens, New York City stands in for the unknown, wild and indifferent jungle with Central Park as its heart . So it is no coincidence that Woody drives a bright red Porsche that roars like an animal; and it is particularly apt that the car he demolishes out of rage and a sense of justice is green.Yet the filmmaker allows this kind of paranoia to be suspect. He challenges the fruition of distrusting everyone--even though in many cases throughout the film, the bitterness, rejection and anger are warranted.Many critics dismiss "Anything Else" as old jokes rehashed or even "unwatchable." I'm not sure what film they saw. I wanted to go back in the moment it ended. Yes, Woody revisits the themes of his previous films. He is an artist. Love and death, infidelity and sex are his motifs. Nobody throws out Hitchcock's later films because they were once again about the wrong man or some guy with a crazy mother. This is a cerebral, subversive movie. It has its one-liners and its rhythm of performance, complete with incredulous stuttering by Jason Biggs and a whiny Christina Ricci as an inscrutable actress. But the film is fresh and strong and--as typical of original art--completely underrated.