Directed by Woody Allen
Starring Woody Allen, Jason Biggs, Christina Ricci, Danny
Running Time: 108 Mins
Woody is back with something a little different, a little
younger. This time the story is about a young couple, who
(take a guess .. ) have a few problems with their relationship.
Jerry Falk (Jason Biggs) is an aspiring comic writer who
finds a slightly neurotic, but sensible mentor in the form
of David Dobel (Woody Allen). Dobel advises him rather poorly
on his relationship troubles with the enigmatic Amanda (Christina
Shortly after the movie began, I saw Woody Allen's character
deliver a familiar type of monologue. This time it seemed
more contrived, more over the top, and less interesting
than all the times I had heard it before. Subsequent monologues
felt the same way, and I suddenly found myself for the first
time ever hoping that Woody Allen would not have much screen
time in this film. His schtick just seemed tired and I wanted
no part of it.
My wish was almost immediately granted, as Jason Biggs
took the lead. Then I recognized what he was doing -- playing
a Woody Allen character, with all the quick stuttering,
vocalized pauses, the pointless meanderings, and the incessant
whining. It was horrific and I was suddenly hoping that
Woody would reappear. My wish wasn't granted, so I started
hating the movie. Cristina Ricci was introduced, delivering
Woody Allen dialogue poorly, and I started hating the film
Then something happened. I didn't like Biggs, Ricci, or
even Allen in this movie, but somehow I ended up liking
the film. The second half was much better, and in typical
Allen fashion, I began to relate to the story and became
caught up in it. I started caring for Jason Bigg's character,
even though I hated the performance. The film ended and
I was satisfied.
Allen didn't prove to me that he is a great director and
writer; I already knew that. He instead proved that he can
overcome obstacles that would sink other films, most notably
horrific acting, and still churn out a well-done picture.
Now that, my friend, is talent.