I went into Anything Else expecting the lowest of the low. Allen has had his ups and downs but I actually really enjoyed this. Don't get me wrong it's still throwaway Woody Allen but I've seen much worse. I thought Biggs and Ricci actually did really well with their roles, especially considering who they were up against.
After sitting down and watching all of his films to date, I've come to the decision that this is my least favorite of his works. It's essentially just a recycling of every theme and material he's used in his previous films thrown in the hands of Biggs and Ricci - who aren't particularly great in these roles. Even Allen's role wasn't particularly great. It's good to know he's bounced back after the early 2000s slump.
If wasn't for Woody Allen's name as a director, it would be like a cheap romantic comedy with that American Pie actor. Despite that, it really has a refreshing and amusing script, Allen's character is absolutely brilliant and those many references to Billie Holiday are just delicious.
It's not close to his best movies, it's recycled and all...But few movies offer you so many sincere laughs. Woody Allen is always Woody Allen!
Completely, criminally underrated. I can understand why people might be upset over his recycling, but that's what Woody Allen has always done. And he does it well rather consistently. He does what he does best here, and does a great job at aiming it towards a younger generation. He wants young people to hear what he's saying too, and he does it quite literally in it. And really well cast in my opinion. Jason Biggs handles the Allen type character really well. His monologuing is a little stiff, but otherwise he feels natural, and not like someone doing a Woody Allen impression, which some of his films unfortunately run into. Probably his strongest work of the 2000's for me.
Superior in my opinion. I thought that the script was one of his best simply because I think it was Allen at his most neurotic and I enjoyed every moment of it. I expecially loved the scenes with Biggs and Allen, sublime dialog!! Jason Biggs should be in more of Woody's movies because for me it was a perfect fit!! Jason Biggs a young Woody Allen!!