Well, this is another one of those Woody Allen films that are based on troubled relationship & you can easily tell how it will proceed; Allen is always playing himself. Although quite funny in some seldom scenes, overall it is not amusing. Tony Robert's character really sucks (telephone numbers) and in Diane Keaton's acting strangely something indefinable is lacking. A slapstick-comedy of a boring kind: 2,5 stars.
Very authentic, cool cult movie with an increasingly high likeability over time. Some of the reckless slapstick-like humor invoked feelings of vicarious shame at first, but they grow on you, mainly because they fit in so well with the furthermore experimental, fourth-wall breaking absurdity. The Casablanca parallel is nicely done, and I loved Allan's explicitly depicted fantasies at the end. Great film.
I think it's a perfect film, more or less. Aside from the absurd fiction that Allen's character is 29 and some iffy gender politics, it's pretty much flawless. I don't think I've ever laughed out loud so much during a film. And the way that the last line ties the whole thing together... magnificent. All the way through it's packed with ideas and well-made decisions. Awe-inspiring.
One of my favourite Wood Allen films. The premise of having a macho movie hero to guide you through all of life's insecurities is a brilliant vehicle for Allen's constant neurotic, self doubt. The dialogue is really sharp and there's no stagnation as with some of Allen's later work. I love Allen's self discovery and the letting go of the Bogart character when he realises he's found some inner peace.
Woody's first true masterstroke? Sure he didnt direct, but he wrote the play its based on, the screenplay, and starred. The following years Sleeper is perhaps the more inventive while still remaining hilarious at times, this one is a pure comedy with just the slightest hint at the dramatic depth he would pursue later in his career. A real surprise of a film. Easy to recommend. 4 stars
Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, and Tony Roberts have fun in this film adaptation of the play of the same name, directed here by Herbert Ross, but some of the dialogue feels a bit too awkward and Allen overdoing his eye-rolling, nervy schtick brings it down a notch.
A bright and breezy watch, with Allen on top form as an awkward misfit. Somewhat comparable to the later film The Purple Rose of Cairo with its merging of the world of the cinema with that of reality. Keaton is also charming and radiant as always. All in all, well worth the watch.