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MV5BNjkyNjYyMzAzNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMTMxNDU3._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_Christina Ricci, Woody Allen, Jason Biggs, Stockard Channing, Danny DeVito

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.


Must Love Dogs

MV5BOTU0ODA0NTM1OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODE0MTkyMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_Diane Lane, John Cusask, Elizabeth Perkins, Dermot Mulroney, Christopher Plummer, Stockard Channing

Sarah is divorced and lonely. Her large, caring family all get involved in match-making for her. Her sister makes her an on-line dating profile and she meets Jake, himself newly divorced. But Sarah gets involved with a dad of one of her kindergarten students at the same time. Jake’s an emotional man who likes to talk. Bobby is very cute. Sarah wants to be in love and make the right choice. But she ends up choosing badly and has to fix it.

There were lots of sexual stereotypes in this film and not much to laugh at. I remember it being quite a popular movie when first released, but I don’t think it has the ability to hold its own through the years. I really didn’t enjoy it and can’t do Diane Lane as the female protagonist. I’m not sure what it was, but I kept thinking through the movie that she was doing something wrong or shouldn’t have been in it. She was referred to constantly as a ‘girl’ which she clearly isn’t – she’s a middle aged woman. I also found the ending annoying instead of romantic. Can’t give this flick much of a talk-up.