Anything Else 2003 R CC

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(68) IMDb 6.4/10
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A contemporary romantic comedy set in New York city about the relationship between an older guy and his younger protege.

Starring:
Woody Allen, Danny DeVito
Runtime:
1 hour 49 minutes

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Anything Else

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Woody Allen
Starring Woody Allen, Danny DeVito
Supporting actors Fisher Stevens, Anthony Arkin, Danny DeVito, Christina Ricci, KaDee Strickland, Jimmy Fallon, Diana Krall, William Hill, Stockard Channing, Maurice Sonnenberg, Kenneth Edelson, David Conrad, Joseph Lyle Taylor, Erica Leerhsen, Adrian Grenier, Anthony J. Ribustello, Ray Garvey, Wynter Kullman
Studio Dreamworks
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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Customer Reviews

Christina Ricci play's Woody's love-interest.
J. Whelan
The characters don't seem realistic, but more like warped caricatures of previous Woody Allen film roles.
Jed Shlackman
Anything Else is so boring, pointless, and just a complete mess.
ADRIENNE MILLER

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By audrey TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 28, 2004
Format: DVD
An interesting thing happened while I was watching this film. My husband and I are both devoted fans of Woody Allen, and have been for many years. We started out watching the movie on a Friday night and about halfway through both of us said --This is not too good. Let's go to bed.

The next morning I woke up and, not wanting to wake him, watched the rest of the film with the subtitles on -- and it was hysterical. I was laughing aloud over and over, and finally went back to the beginning and watched using the subtiles and found that funny as well! So, while I'd thought the movie was rotten, it turns out it should have been a book or it just needed a different cast. Jason Biggs was inconsistent -- sometimes he did well, but at other times delivered his lines in such a wooden fashion that it seemed like a joke. Still, you have to allow that this is how Woody Allen sees himself as a young man. A bigger problem is Christina Ricci, who I really like usually, but she did not work in this part at all. Finally, and most surprising to my mind, Woody Allen was not that funny, though his lines were fantastic. Danny DeVito and Stockard Channing were fine but their parts were small. Jimmy Fallon, great on SNL, has a small part and is totally underwhelming here.

The script is wonderful, and shows Woody as older neurotic passing his wisdom on to a younger neurotic, addressing his favorite issues of therapy, sex, love, violence, anti-Semitism (from the point-of-view of a paranoid Jew intent on assembling his own survival kit) and work.

DVD extras are minimal and include cast & crew info as well as production notes. The film can be heard in English and subtitled in English, French or Spanish.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph on January 5, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I agree its not Woody's best but fans would do well to invest their time in this one, and invite others to watch it with you, even if they are not familiar with the comic master's work. Highlights:

-Woody is not the star, but a much different, more powerful character (who drives a Porsche and vandalises other vehicles!).

- It is well structured in its narrative

- young stars are fresh

- quite funny

- would appeal to young and old audiences
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By david livshiz on December 12, 2004
Format: DVD
This is one of the most underrated movies on amazon. When I first watched it, having recieved the 2000's Woody Allen pack for my birthday, I couldn't believe that such a funny, extremely insightful and deeply enticing story about the uncertainties of life could only have a 3 star average rating. In my opinion the more recent Woody Allen movies are better than his earlier work and not the other way around - if anything deserves a low rating its features like "everything you ever wanted to know about sex or bananas" - don't listen to many of the other reviews they seem to recommand extremely hardcore WA movies which are not suitable for viewers not familiar with WA's style. Anything else is a film which in my opinion is accessable to just about anyone, and is as good as any to start the Woody Allen experience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "scojofilm" on January 8, 2004
Format: DVD
First of all, the 5 is for the film, not the DVD. How can I give five stars to a DVD with no extras? Remember the days that we bought movies because they were good, not because they had Richard Shickel commentaries...(I mean, isn't there a better critic?).
The film is excellent, it's my favorite Woody Allen film in recent years. I mean, I love Sweet and Lowdown and most of the 90s run...but there's something about this film. Jason Biggs does an excellent job playing a young neurotic...essentially Woody. For those who never noticed, most characters in a Woody Allen film are playing Woody Allen. Biggs does such a good job that has been cast in the next Allen film to come. Ricci is sexy and lovable despite the major flaws in her character. Danny Devito....oh man.
Don't be discouraged by the terrible cover art.
"It's like a man walking down the street in a new suit. Then suddenly, he sees another man wearing a better suit. Now he doesn't like the suit he has on anymore." - DeVito
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael B. Druxman on February 4, 2009
Format: DVD
Woody Allen's ANYTHING ELSE (2003) is sort of an updated re-working of the director's Oscar-winning ANNIE HALL, in which Jason Biggs plays the Allen role and Christina Ricci takes over for Diane Keaton. Allen plays a colorful, albeit supporting, part as Biggs' lunatic mentor who has a hilarious "dark side".

There are plenty of classic Woody Allen-style laughs in this neurotic comedy about a young, insecure comedy writer and his free-spirited, impossible to please girl friend. The cast, which includes Stockard Channing (as Ricci's unstable mother), Danny DeVito (as Biggs' manager) and Jimmy Fallon (as Christina's former boy friend), is certainly talented.

The problem is that Woody Allen is the kind of writer whose dialogue has a certain unique rhythm. [David Mamet is another.] If the actors don't pick up that rhythm, the scene, no matter how well written, doesn't work. And, unfortunately, in the case of ANYTHING ELSE, the performers have not always captured the Allen rhythm. Several scenes that should have been funny, thus come off as an annoying whine.

This film may not be anywhere near Woody's best work, but it certainly has enough engaging moments in it to make it worth a look.

© Michael B. Druxman
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