As a whole, the film manages to keep it's weird romantic momentum. Take it apart and out comes a forgettable love story, ticket-selling cast trying to sell ambiguity, and Woody thinking he can pass as a spiritual guide. I imagine, there was no intention for more than an hour and half of digestible fun anyway.
As you go through life, Falk, there will be no shortage of people who will tell you how to live. They'll have all the answers for you, what you should do, what you shouldn't do. Don't argue with them. You know, say "Yes, that's a brilliant, brilliant idea," and then do what you want.
In case Woody Allen is on screen, it's fine. In case Woody Allen is not on screen, it's not fine. At the beginning, I thought, wow, 3 jokes within 1 minute; this is gonna be a great movie. But, it's not. The more time elapsed, the more boring it got. Christina Ricci is not the right cast. Jason Biggs is too young for his character. More Allen & Danny DeVito & less others would have been perfect. Waste of potential.
«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.»
A hodgepodge of other Woody Allen films that doesn't really seem to have a point. Christina Ricci bugged me (she didn't sound natural saying those lines), but the movie wasn't horrible - watchable, but only if you're already an Allen fan and can somehow forgive the aimlessness of it all.