Jerry is a young writer and Amanda is an aspiring actor/singer. They meet while they’re both dating other people, but being very attracted to each other, embark on an affair. They eventually move in together, but things go slightly off the rails after a while. Amanda refuses to have sex with Jerry, and whilst Jerry remains faithful and committed to Amanda, he does confide in his fellow writer, Dobel (played by Allen). Dobel is a little unhinged so his advice doesn’t look like being helpful, but he does end up being right about Amanda.
Jason Biggs plays Jerry and does a solid, young version of Woody Allen, perhaps with slightly more masculinity. He is a rambling romantic having unsatisfactory therapy. Amanda, played by Christina Ricci, is dishonest, neurotic, and a smoker and I don’t think we’re meant to like her. I certainly don’t.
I think Ricci an odd choice for a Woody Allen film. It seems like she’s doing a stage page – she needs to dial it back one notch and relax her dialogue. She just doesn’t fit and looked weird in this role – funnily enough, other reviewers liked Ricci but didn’t like Biggs.
I love Woody Allen films so didn’t mind this movie, but I don’t think it is one of his better ones and found it a tad too slow for my liking.
Posted on 22/07/2010, in the whole rom com list, woody allen rom coms and tagged Christina Ricci, Danny DeVito, Jason Biggs, Stockard Channing, Woody Allen. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Anything Else.