Anything Else

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Overview

A young artist struggling with his career and his muse is getting more than a little aggravation from Cupid in this romantic comedy written and directed by Woody Allen. Jerry Falk Jason Biggs is a promising 21-year-old comedy writer living in New York City. While Jerry has talent, he's having a hard time getting his career off the ground, which might have something to do with the fact his agent Harvey Danny DeVito is a well-meaning, but ineffectual, blowhard, and his mentor David Dobel Allen is an increasingly ...
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Overview

A young artist struggling with his career and his muse is getting more than a little aggravation from Cupid in this romantic comedy written and directed by Woody Allen. Jerry Falk Jason Biggs is a promising 21-year-old comedy writer living in New York City. While Jerry has talent, he's having a hard time getting his career off the ground, which might have something to do with the fact his agent Harvey Danny DeVito is a well-meaning, but ineffectual, blowhard, and his mentor David Dobel Allen is an increasingly paranoid eccentric whose twin careers as a teacher and standup comic are both floundering. Poised at the top of Jerry's mountain of anxieties is his relationship with his girlfriend Amanda Christina Ricci; from the first moment he saw her, Jerry has been in love with her, but Amanda's multiple neuroses, fear of commitment, and frustrating intimacy issues make her all but impossible to be around. Jerry is approaching his breaking point when the small flat he shares with Amanda becomes home to a third roommate -- Amanda's mother Paula Stockard Channing, who has decided to come to New York to chase her dream of becoming a cabaret singer. Anything Else also features supporting performances from Jimmy Fallon, William Hill, and jazz vocalist Diana Krall.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Woody Allen's Anything Else is a decent effort, especially when comparing it to Allen films from the same period. The lifeless Hollywood Ending and The Curse of the Jade Scorpion showed a filmmaker whose muse may have left once and for all, but Anything Else corrals some of Allen's most familiar themes and allows him to show some life. Jason Biggs is well cast as Jerry Falk. He comes off like an everyman, offering the perfect counterpoint to the crazies that orbit his world. Even though he has been given dialogue that often rings of old-school Allen, Biggs generally avoids imitating Allen's familiar vocal tics. Christina Ricci is a familiar Allen female -- a sexually voracious, emotionally troubled, attractive woman who brings out the worst in the men who become entangled with her. Ricci, however, is so appealing, and is photographed so adoringly, that she makes the character as sympathetic as possible. Even Allen the filmmaker seems to have been won over by her. Allen the actor takes on a role that is simultaneously familiar, while still being unlike any he has played before. David Dobell is not a cute neurotic, he's a violent paranoid psychotic. This lends an edge to the stereotypical "the world is aligned against me" schtick Allen has mastered, which it had been lacking for a while. Any Allen fan will recognize the recycling of elements from Annie Hall, Broadway Danny Rose, and Manhattan. If the old saying that artists steal rather than borrow is true, at least Woody is pilfering from some of his best work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/23/2003
  • UPC: 678149085532
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Dreamworks Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Woody Allen David Dobel
Jason Biggs Jerry Falk
Christina Ricci Amanda
Danny DeVito Harvey
Stockard Channing Paula
KaDee Strickland Brooke
Jimmy Fallon Bob
Erica Leerhsen Connie
William Hill Psychiatrist
William Hill Psychiatrist
David Conrad Dr. Reed
Adrian Grenier Ray Polito
Diana Krall Herself
Anthony Arkin Pip's Comic
Glenn Close
Kenneth Edelson Hotel Desk Clerk
Ray Garvey Car Thug
Wynter Kullman Emily
Zach McLarty Ralph
Ralph Pope Cab Driver
Anthony J. Ribustello Car Thug
Maurice Sonnenberg Movie Theater Patron
Fisher Stevens Manager
Joseph Lyle Taylor Bill
Technical Credits
Woody Allen Director, Screenwriter
Gary Alper Sound/Sound Designer
Letty Aronson Producer
Charles H. Joffe Executive Producer
Darius Khondji Cinematographer
Alisa Lepselter Editor
Santo Loquasto Production Designer
Richard Patrick Asst. Director
Helen Robin Co-producer
Jack Rollins Executive Producer
Laura Rosenthal Casting
Laura Jean Shannon Costumes/Costume Designer
Juliet Taylor Casting
Stephen Tenenbaum Executive Producer
Tom Warren Art Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Its Just OK

    This a Classic Woody Allen Movie with a lot a talking, but has a lot of funny parts. The audio is not that good.

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    Posted July 24, 2010

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