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Summary:
Jerry Falk is an aspiring writer in New York, who falls in love at first sight with a free-spirited young woman named Amanda. Jerry has heard the phrase that life is like anything else, but he soon finds that life with the unpredictable Amanda isnít like anything else at all.

Review:
Woody Allen attempts to return to his glory days of filmmaking with this awkward story of young love in the 21st century.  For the most part this is the best Woody Allen movie since Bullets Over Broadway (1984). The film has all the classic elements of a Woody Allen movie such as his all too familiar musical score, witty screenwriting, and male-female bickering.

The movie features some new elements for a Woody Allen film that might just surprise movie-goers more than anything else. For instance, there is a great deal of transference between Woody Allen and Jason Biggs throughout the film. In most Woody Allen movies of late, he has been the lead protagonist delivering most of the jokes (usually ineffectively). But, in this particular piece of cinema he plays an eccentric sidekick transferring the protagonist lead to Jason Biggs (rather effectively). Although I am a fan of Woody Allen films, it has become unfortunately clear that Allen at his current age can no longer deliver lines in a manner that does his scripts any justice. Jason Biggs on the other hand does a very good job at delivering lines and utilizing situational expressions. 

Although the degree of transference between Woody Allen and Jason Biggs is compelling and exciting to watch, there is a subtle condescending tone in the movie which is prevalent in many Woody Allen films. In a decade where women have won many senate and gubernatorial races nationwide, it is unclear why Allen continues to utilize his imperfect female motifs. For most of the movie you are forced to watch the sins of Christina Ricci's (Amanda) character and that of her mother. People do make mistakes, but when you make film after film about women and their flaws it begins to become a little redundant. Frankly Woody Allen is too good of a screenwriter to be stuck in this type of  mindset and its really unfortunate. Older fans of Woody Allen films might be surprised by his sidekick role in this movie, but younger audiences will be delighted by Allen's witty screenwriting and great performances by young Hollywood talent.

See this movie if you're a fan of:

Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

Woody Allen (Director/Screenwriter, Celebrity, Deconstructing Harry, Purple Rose of Cairo)

Jason Biggs (Actor, American Pie, American Wedding, Boys and Girls)

Christina Ricci (Actress, Sleepy Hollow, 200 Cigarettes, The Addams Family)


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Cast:
Woody Allen
Jason Biggs (as Jerry Falk)
Stockard Channing
Danny DeVito
Jimmy Fallon (as Bob Styles)
Diana Krall
Christina Ricci (as Amanda)
Carson Grant (as Acting Teacher)

Directed By: Woody Allen
Written By: Woody Allen
Produced By: Dreamworks

Release Date (US): September 19, 2003

Length of Movie: 1h 48min

MPAA Rating: Rated R for a scene of drug use and some sexual references

Budget: $18,000,000

Opening Weekend: $1,673,125

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