A contemporary romantic comedy set in New York: aspirant writer Jerry is happy to turn to his mentor and oracle Dobel, an aging artist who can provide useful opinions about almost everything, including Jerry’s tormented love life with Amanda…
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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.
I don't know about you but I thought this was really great. Although it's not Annie Hall or Manhattan and it may repeat some of his past works, who cares, Woody Allen pretty much still shits all over every comedic filmmaker out there.
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.
«And he said,"Well, why are you feeling so intense?" And I said, "Cause I want the girl!"And he said, "What's underneath it?" And I said, "There's nothing underneath it, I want the girl!" He said, "I'll have to give you medication." I said,"I don't want medication! I want the girl!" And he said,"We have to work this through." So I took a fire extinguisher from the casement and struck him across the back of his neck.»
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.
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!!