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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as his earlier, funnier ones
Despite the fact that many of the best one-liners sound very similar to those in Annie Hall, this is undoubtedly Allen's best film for many years. The storyline is good, as is the acting, with Jason Biggs playing a role Allen would have excelled at a few years ago. Allen himself appears to be playing an alter-ego of himself; the angst-ridden, paranoid hypochondriac of...
Published on 31 May 2005 by Jo C

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3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing
It's kind of hard not to damn this with faint praise. It's light and fairly funny, in many ways a return the the style of earlier films. With woody to old, Jason Biggs takes on the lead role and does a decent job of it. While woody turns in a supporting roles that is the highlight of the film. There is also great use of New York location shots. But for me it's not quite...
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as his earlier, funnier ones, 31 May 2005
This review is from: Anything Else [DVD] (DVD)
Despite the fact that many of the best one-liners sound very similar to those in Annie Hall, this is undoubtedly Allen's best film for many years. The storyline is good, as is the acting, with Jason Biggs playing a role Allen would have excelled at a few years ago. Allen himself appears to be playing an alter-ego of himself; the angst-ridden, paranoid hypochondriac of his early films taken to new extremes. The cinematography is amazing, with the shots of New York equal to those in Manhattan and the scenes in Central Park as beautiful as A Midsummer Night's Sex comedy. Good to see the master back on form!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good one for Woody fans, 6 Aug 2013
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B. Williams "BenW" (Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire) - See all my reviews
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Filmed in fabulous cinematic widescreen, this early noughties flick from Woody Allen (which he also stars in) is classic Woody! You won't be disappointed - the scene where Woody's character smashes a car up with a crow bar is worth the cost of the DVD alone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very funny throughout its duration, 10 Nov 2007
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Woody Allen films are always funniest with Woody in them,as he is in Anything Else.Lots of really witty dialogue, good acting performances,and an involving but unmoving script - it won't make you cry but it will make you laugh.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woody's got his knockers.., 9 Nov 2013
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If you like Woody then you'll love this. With most of his early naughties out put of films the critics hated them. But really it's a return to his comedy roots. If you have read his collectored short stories then you will like this and most of his films from 2000.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing, 25 Oct 2012
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It's kind of hard not to damn this with faint praise. It's light and fairly funny, in many ways a return the the style of earlier films. With woody to old, Jason Biggs takes on the lead role and does a decent job of it. While woody turns in a supporting roles that is the highlight of the film. There is also great use of New York location shots. But for me it's not quite funny enough, the central performances not quite good enough.

OK way to spend an evening in front of the TV.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top drawer 21st Century Allen, 31 Aug 2010
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James Hayes "JM Hayes" (Herts., UK) - See all my reviews
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Arguably Woody Allen's best work from the last decade, 'Anything Else' is certainly one of his funniest. Allen delegates the laconic lead of rookie comedy writer Jerry Falk to Jason Biggs, while he plays hilariously demented older jokesmith David Dobel. Some wonderfully-crafted comedic set pieces, witty one-liners, exceptionally good naturalistic performances from the entire cast, and fine cinematography that seems to have been absent from more recent Allen movies. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Far from perfect, but certainly better than the rough treatment it received on release., 5 Oct 2014
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Maybe I was too easy on this because the press was so bad that my expectations were low, but it didn't feel like the awful failure I was prepared for. While certainly not up with Allen's best work, and one of his few films I don't feel a need to see a second time, this still had intelligence, wit, good performances and the bittersweet tone about love and sex that Allen does as well as anyone in film history.

It was also interesting to see him finally accept his age, and play a supporting role as an often funny, but sometimes disturbingly crazy older mentor to a young man in love, instead of playing the romantic lead himself.

Yes, some of the jokes are ancient, and Jason Biggs and Christina Ricci, while both fine, don't have the chemistry of Allen and Keaton in "Annie Hall", which this seems to hearken back to. (I actually thought Ricci was excellent, and quite different from her usual screen persona).

But Allen still creates some rich characters, some fun, literate dialogue, and captures how confusing being young and in love with someone who is deeply messed up but sexy and adorable and smart can be. Many of us have been there.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anything Else - a review, 20 Aug 2005
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J. D. Naylor "jazzfan" (England) - See all my reviews
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Not vintage Woody Allen but a pretty good one nevertheless.In this film Allen takes a supporting role only leaving Jason Biggs and Christina Ricci to carry the film which they do in fine form.I guess Biggs does try to parody Allen in a way but still manages to turn in a good performance though.There are all the usual Allen trademarks here including some great New York locations and even the lovely Diana Krall gets a cameo playing live at the village vanguard.
Not the best Allen by any means but still pretty darn good.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars See Just About "Anything Else" By Allen First, 14 Aug 2007
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Amongst Woody Allen's later films there are those that are immediately attractive (Everyone Says I Love You, Manhattan, Husbands and Wives), those that are thorny but rewarding (Match Point, Crimes and Misdemeanours, Celebrity, Another Woman) and those that are total misfires. I'm a fan of Allen's, but this film falls into the final category. While the cover claims it as a "romantic comedy" it isn't especially romantic (being about a relationship that has effectively broken down) and - despite some heavy-handed comedy from Allen - isn't particularly funny either.

Melinda & Melinda isn't a great movie by any means, but at least it is technically interesting, which is an excuse that one cannot make for this rather bland narrative, which is directed efficiently but without much evident engagement. There are scenes that one might count as exceptions - a neat split screen on a telephone call that overpopulates an already crowded apartment, and an almost riotous scene in a restaurant during which Allen does some neat "business" with a glass of water - but they are few & far between. Jason Biggs and Christina Ricci struggle to hold up the film in the interim, and Stockard Channing gives an unduly theatrical performance in a minor role. Danny DeVito extracts as much as comedy as possible playing a character whom Allen might easily have taken for himself, but the ensemble cast is certainly below par by the standard of the director's better work.

If you simply must see every Allen film available, then feel free to give this one a shot; it isn't dire, but that's about the highest recommendation that I could give it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A PLEASANT SURPRISE, 3 Sep 2011
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Mr. E. A. Dobson "dwardstings" (West Yorkshire,United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Over the last decade Woody Allen films are definately not what they used to be. So after watching Curse of the Jade Scorpian, Melinda & Melinda and Vicky Christina Barcelona, i wasn`t expecting much from this one(especially with that terrible dvd cover). I have to say it`s better than those three, don`t get me wrong they are all watchable films but i`d just rather sit through this again than the others.
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