Anything Else (R)
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streaming sites: iTunes
When I first wrote this review, I put it in my "comedy" section, and rated it "kinda liked." Years later, when I started a section for rom-coms, I considered moving it there, but I also considered just deleting it altogether. I couldn't remember anything about the movie, and what I said about it in my review didn't sound to me much like what Wikipedia said about the plot. Anyway, I realized I just didn't care about it... but still, rather than delete it, I decided to move my review to the "meh" section. So here's what I said about it, originally:
The main reason I watched this is because Christina Ricci's in it. I always love her. And anyway, this was... better than some movies I've seen her in. The main character is this comedy writer named Jerry Falk (Jason Biggs). Ricci plays his girlfriend, Amanda. He also has a friend named Dobel (Woody Allen), a fellow comedy writer, who is kinda nuts (possibly even moreso than Allen's characters typically are). It's hard for me to really know what to say about the movie. Falk has all these problems, mainly an inability to leave anyone, even when he knows he should. Whatever the relationship is. There's his manager (Danny DeVito), who isn't that great for his career. There's his shrink, who clearly isn't helpful in any way. Dobel doesn't seem to be a great friend, for that matter. But mainly there's Amanda... who is clearly not cut out for long term relationships, for a number of reasons.
I dunno. Everyone in the movie is kinda nuts, in the way everyone always is in a Woody Allen film. But there were some laughs. *shrug* That's all I can say. I have no intention of seeing the movie ever again, but I didn't mind watching it the once.