Not the sum of its tantalising parts: a curmudgeonly central character, a locale with a long history, the expected bittersweet story. Instead a passable diversion that skirts over the promise and delivers a second tier time filler.
Larry David ramps up Allen to 10 for bitterness while Evan Rachel Wood ramps up Allen to 10 for ditzy youthness, and then the two fly a smooth edge right under the stereotype radar until Melody's parents show up and the South gets a good a-liberalizing. Ultimately it pays off when you observe how all the characters and scenarios come together, but this is the type of funny where you get the joke but don't laugh.-DiB
A modest effort from Woody Allen. Larry David is fun in the lead, he leads a strong cast through pleasant, if predictable and familiar, neurotic humor and plot contrivances. Woody Allen fans will find it watchable, but this is far from his best work.
Funny as it can be, Woody is trying to say a lot with this film but it's all heavy handed and self-obsessive banter. Not his worst, but not very good either. Other than Larry David and, as always, Patricia Clarkson, the cast ain't great, and seriously folks, whatever the hell did Evan Rachael Wood do to garner all this notoriety? A bad Green Day video? That sappy, pre-teen porn "16"?
Sympathique petit vaudeville rocambolesque et trépidant, d'une constante tonicité pétillante et jubilatoire, avec un étonnant clone du réalisateur en la personne de l'humoriste Larry David, dans un facétieux mimétisme complice et bienvenu. www.cinefiches.com