Here we find Lee Simon, a struggling writer who churns out celebrity stories for a periodical. This doesn’t satisfy him, and he longs to return to his roots as a novelist. The terrible critical reception of an earlier work scarred him, though, so he seems reluctant to do this. Instead, he works on a screenplay, and during parts of the movie, we watch as he tries to get it made.
The film follows Lee as it does this, and we also see his bitterness over his split with ex-wife Robin. She gets her own section of the story, though it’s clear Allen’s passions remain with Lee, his own alter ego. Robin has her own issues but her life picks up after an improbable encounter. A friend encourages her to get some plastic surgery from a famous doctor. While waiting for a consultation, a local TV crew comes in and the producer – charming Tony Gardella – compliments her. This starts an on-again, off-again romance and also leads to a TV career for Robin, something that occasionally brings her into contact with angry Lee.
He bops from woman to woman throughout his own quest, though his thoughts often return to Nola. They nearly got together once, but the moment passed and eventually Lee hooked up with Bonnie. That relationship becomes serious and seems successful, but just as Bonnie’s moving in with Lee, he dumps her to pursue Nola.
All while this occurs, Lee still flits from career to career. He remains lost and uncertain what to do. During some of the film’s best moments, he totally lowers himself to try to attract a hot actor named Brandon Darrow to sign onto his film. Will Lee and/or Robin eventually find any form of happiness and satisfaction? —DVDmg.com
Actor, director, screenwriter, and playwright Woody Allen redefined film comedy during the 1970s, bringing a new measure of sophistication and personal complexity to the form. Born Allen Stewart Konigsberg in Brooklyn, NY, on December 1, 1935, he adopted his stage name at the age of 17, and in 1953 enrolled in NYU’s film program, and soon dropping out of school to begin writing for comedian David Alber. Two years later, Allen graduated to writing for television; during his five-year in television, his efforts won him an Emmy nomination. He eventually decided to try his hand as a stand-up performer. After slowly gaining a reputation on the New York-club circuit, he became a frequent talk show guest and in 1964 issued his self-titled debut comedy LP. With 1966’s What’s Up, Tiger Lily?, a puckish re-tooling of a Japanese spy thriller complete with his own story line and dubbed English dialogue, he made his directorial debut. In 1969 Allen directed two short films for a CBS television special… read more
Hilarious social commentary that still rings true today. I liked Branagh's Allen impression, simply because it was SO spot on. If it wasn't exact it would have been annoying. I though Leonardo DiCaprio's scene was the best part of the film.
At first I wasn't sure what to make of this film. The narrative is a bit sloppy and so many of the situations quite unrealistic, but in rumination since I found a bit of an interesting link with La Dolce Vita and found that opened up my understanding of it more. My feelings of anger towards the characters choices and actions was where the social criticism lies, and the above still captures the underlying cry.