It's actually a sad story about losing your hope and self-confidence as artist, about morality and struggling the dark side of star industry. But this is one of Woody Allen's funniest for sure
Woody Allen's movies basically range from 3-star films to 5-star films, and this one definitely falls in the latter category with some amazing performances all around and some classic Allen characters, namely Dianne Wiest's bravura turn as Helen Sinclair. It's a hilarious film with some great genre-bending.
One of the best Woody Allen films from this period. Jennifer Tilly, Dianne Weist, Chazz Palmienteri, and Jim Broadbent are all superb playing Allen's version of Damon Runyon. The only off-note (recycled Allen upper-east-side angst) is the sub-plot of John Cusack's character's wife and her affair with the blowhard played by Rob Reiner; the acting styles clash too much with the theater people. But really, wonderful.
A better period comedy from Allen than Curse of the Jade Scorpion. The cast is more enjoyable, the dialogue more witty (although the constant talking-over-each-other ad-libbing can be annoying at times). Palminteri's performance was my favorite part of the film; I wasn't enjoying it until his character stepped forward in the story. Not my favorite Allen film but still worth watching.
A very up-beat satire and one of director's most cunning interpretations of New York art scene as a - quite literally this time - crooked mob house. There is some honest poetry in the scene where a regular mafia muscle kills of his boss' favorite girl before she kills ... his theatre's play critical reception. While Cusack plays a peculiar Allen-esque main character, highly opportunistic and consciously talentless.
I ignored this film back in the mid 90s and since. I didn't expect much of it, but I have been pleasantly surprised. Turns out to be one of the better Woody Allen films of the decade. The film has wit and the dialogue dances. Chazz Palmintieri and Dianne Wiest steal the show with their eccentric portrayals, but John Cusack, as usual, is excellent in his starring role as the playwright. Another gem dug up by MUBI.