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Picking up the Pieces

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  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 1.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002AAZAB2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,019 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Woody, what went wrong ? 26 Mar 2002
I`m a big Woody Allen fan, particularly his triumphs in Manhatten, Annie Hall and Sleepers through to Hannah, Sweet & Lowdown and Manhatten, Murder Mystery.
This though is a film he really should have avoided. The jokes are thin and the acting is even thinner. If you are used to your Woody films being adverse yet romantic then don`t pick this.
Whilst the lame actors try to press their points out in the film to try and make it interesting during the special features sections, Woody is long gone and fails to appear. Rightly so, he probably wished he`d taken a sick leave. Horrible film with plastic acting. I dumped my copy in the bin I was so annoyed by it!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars hollywood trash 9 Nov 2003
i was persuaded to watch this dvd becuase it had david schwimmer and woody alan in . But after watching it i have to say the storyline is realy terrible,it was a bore to sit there and watch it. Those two actors have been in great movies, this one puts them to shame.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete and utter rubbish!!!!!! 12 Nov 2003
This is without a doubt one of the worst films I have ever had to sit through. The plotline is non-existent, the acting is as wooden as it gets, the 'action' never arrives and it's a complete waste of film IMO.
Woody Allen should be thoroughly ashamed of himself for appearing in such weak and tepid nonsense. Sharon Stone is mercifully shown to be murdered and cut up within minutes of the film beginning so she gets to be away from this dire bilge. David Schwimmer is dreadful and totally unbelievable and Keifer Sutherland displays the type of acting that should only be found in B-Movies and low-budget flicks.
In short, this DVD is only good for either testing dvd players in-store or for use as a tea coaster if you run out of a place to put any spare cups and mugs you may have lying about.
AVOID at all costs!!!!!!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great DARK comedy 17 Jun 2011
By Pellaca - Published on
This has just got to be one of the funniest dark comedies ever made! Alternately satirical and sweet, hilarious, and insightful. Almost no institution is safe from the satire- but religion, moral hypocrisy & good old human greed are the primary targets, artfully intertwined into a very clever and entertaining story line.

It is also one of the few movies featuring Woody Allen that he didn't write & direct. But the cast (as well as the plot) has as much variety as a typical Allen flik-- David Schwimmer, Sharon Stone, Kiefer Southerland, Cheech Marin, Andy Dick, Fran Drescher, and the gorgeous Maria Grazia Cucinotta, to name a few.

In reading the negative reviews for this flik, it would seem that thinly-disguised (or even overt) "moral indignation" over the subject matter is the main reason for their discontent. Hmm. Methinks they doth protest a bit too much? Can't help but wonder how many of these folks would have the same viewpoint about "The Trouble with Harry", "Arsenic and Old Lace", "Eating Raoul", "Manhattan Murder Mystery", or any of the myriad of other dark comedies about murder and its aftermath.

Oh, but right-- THOSE flix don't make fun of religion... and its mindless, mercenary followers. Hits a few sore spots, does it?

Of course, one would have to excuse anyone who's had a family member or friend that was killed, for finding the movie distasteful... but then, ANY flick about murder would be out of bounds for them, light comedy or otherwise. Everyone else needs to revisit the definition of "dark comedy", before bitching and whining so much. This film is really, really funny!

Oh, and for the guy who said "stupidity is not funny". . . Gee, I wonder what Laurel & Hardy, the Stooges, or the Marx Brothers would say about that, considering they made an entire career out of lampooning the basic stupidity of all people? In fact, I'd say that a good 75% of humor involves laughing at the stupidity and misfortune of "others" (and therefore ourselves)-- and that's a very conservative estimate.

Listen-- if you're not squeamish about religious satire, and you don't mind comedy regarding body parts, sex, and mindless greed, you'll laugh your butt off. Otherwise, stick to Bambi, or a sappy John Wayne movie, or The Ten Commandments, or whatever else floats your boat.
18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch a Great Film that Never Made it to the Big Screen 18 Sep 2000
By CinemaNET - Published on
Mexican Director Alfonso Arau provides an exquisite movie. We could say it's a "mystical comedy", that mixes magical reality with fearless satire. An ironic piece, mainly about religion in a small town in New Mexico.
With an extraordinary cast that includes David Schwimmer ("Friends"), María Grazia Cucinotta, Cheech Marin, Kiefer Sutherland, Angélica Aragón, Alfonso Arau, Sharon Stone and Woody Allen, "Picking Up the Pieces" provides really cutting edge humor, not for everybody's taste.
Due to distribution problems, the movie was not released in theaters. It was shown on Cinemax for a few months, but it was originally intended for the big screen. Therefore, this DVD version is actually the closest chance for the public to enjoy it as it was conceived.
This independent film was produced by the Kushner-Locke Company, and it's about a kosher butcher (Woody Allen playing as Woody Allen) sick and tired of his unfaithful wife (Stone), up to the point where he kills her and cuts her into pieces. On his way to bury her remains he loses a hand, that is found by a blind woman that recovers sight. From then on the hand performs all kind of miracles among the unhabitants of "El Niño".
A very original "piece" you should "pick up".
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionaly Funny 16 Oct 2007
By Doug Kidd - Published on
Only A Genious could make such a creative and funny movie as this. It stars Sharon Stone, Woody Allen, Kiefer Sutherland, Cheech Marrin and alot of other great actors, who all together make this side splitting humer work. and I would recomend it to everyone.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So Unusual, its genius! 17 Dec 2001
By A. Meyer - Published on
First off, this movie is not for people who are easily offended by a story that contains some sacrelige and stereotype. But these are the elements that make the movie funny! While disjointed at times, the story is entertaining and 100% original!
The cast (which includes several "latino" actors), is amazing and Woody Allen is, as always, hilariously neurotic!. For those who understand how powerful and self-effacing comedy works, "Picking Up The Pieces" is a masterpiece...There is absolutely no mean-spirited humor here.Underneath all the unordothox humor & "stereotype"lies a study in human faith, dignity, & morality...Oh yes, Cheech Marin has made his share of "stereotype" movies...Remember Cheech & Chong?Come on people lighten up!
For those who question how this cast was assmembled...the DVD has short interviews where the actors (Latinos AND non-Latinos),say they made this film for two main reasons...First, because of the uniqueness of the script, and second, the chance to work with the great Woody Allen....
I gave this film only four stars because the sound quality was not very good. The dialogue often sounded like it was recorded at low levels,making it quite difficult to understand...I'm grateful that the DVD had English subtitles, as I used them so I wouldn't miss a thing...No one can enjoy a film if they're straining to understand what the actors are saying.
This film deserves a wider audience...for those who don't "get" this film, please watch the last ten seconds where Woody Allen's character sums it all up by saying "If you can't take a joke.....$#@@.... yourself!.........This is a totally original, funny, dark, twisted, comedy..a must see ! P.S. I am part Latino and I LOVED IT!!
4.0 out of 5 stars old comedy 10 April 2014
By Kyle - Published on
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Classic woody allan film not to many movies take the finger like this one does should keep you laughing if you like woody allan you should like this
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