Picking Up the Pieces
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- Making Of
- Interviews with Cast & Crew
- Trivia game with Bonus footage
Top Customer Reviews
It is also one of the few movies featuring Woody Allen that he didn't write & direct. But the cast (as well as the plot) has as much variety as a typical Allen flik-- David Schwimmer, Sharon Stone, Kiefer Southerland, Cheech Marin, Andy Dick, Fran Drescher, and the gorgeous Maria Grazia Cucinotta, to name a few.
In reading the negative reviews for this flik, it would seem that thinly-disguised (or even overt) "moral indignation" over the subject matter is the main reason for their discontent. Hmm. Methinks they doth protest a bit too much? Can't help but wonder how many of these folks would have the same viewpoint about "The Trouble with Harry", "Arsenic and Old Lace", "Eating Raoul", "Manhattan Murder Mystery", or any of the myriad of other dark comedies about murder and its aftermath.
Oh, but right-- THOSE flix don't make fun of religion... and its mindless, mercenary followers. Hits a few sore spots, does it?
Of course, one would have to excuse anyone who's had a family member or friend that was killed, for finding the movie distasteful... but then, ANY flick about murder would be out of bounds for them, light comedy or otherwise. Everyone else needs to revisit the definition of "dark comedy", before bitching and whining so much. This film is really, really funny!
Oh, and for the guy who said "stupidity is not funny". . .Read more ›
With an extraordinary cast that includes David Schwimmer ("Friends"), María Grazia Cucinotta, Cheech Marin, Kiefer Sutherland, Angélica Aragón, Alfonso Arau, Sharon Stone and Woody Allen, "Picking Up the Pieces" provides really cutting edge humor, not for everybody's taste.
Due to distribution problems, the movie was not released in theaters. It was shown on Cinemax for a few months, but it was originally intended for the big screen. Therefore, this DVD version is actually the closest chance for the public to enjoy it as it was conceived.
This independent film was produced by the Kushner-Locke Company, and it's about a kosher butcher (Woody Allen playing as Woody Allen) sick and tired of his unfaithful wife (Stone), up to the point where he kills her and cuts her into pieces. On his way to bury her remains he loses a hand, that is found by a blind woman that recovers sight. From then on the hand performs all kind of miracles among the unhabitants of "El Niño".
A very original "piece" you should "pick up".
The cast (which includes several "latino" actors), is amazing and Woody Allen is, as always, hilariously neurotic!. For those who understand how powerful and self-effacing comedy works, "Picking Up The Pieces" is a masterpiece...There is absolutely no mean-spirited humor here.Underneath all the unordothox humor & "stereotype"lies a study in human faith, dignity, & morality...Oh yes, Cheech Marin has made his share of "stereotype" movies...Remember Cheech & Chong?Come on people lighten up!
For those who question how this cast was assmembled...the DVD has short interviews where the actors (Latinos AND non-Latinos),say they made this film for two main reasons...First, because of the uniqueness of the script, and second, the chance to work with the great Woody Allen....
I gave this film only four stars because the sound quality was not very good. The dialogue often sounded like it was recorded at low levels,making it quite difficult to understand...I'm grateful that the DVD had English subtitles, as I used them so I wouldn't miss a thing...No one can enjoy a film if they're straining to understand what the actors are saying.
This film deserves a wider audience...for those who don't "get" this film, please watch the last ten seconds where Woody Allen's character sums it all up by saying "If you can't take a joke.....$#@@.... yourself!.........This is a totally original, funny, dark, twisted, comedy..a must see ! P.S. I am part Latino and I LOVED IT!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Inspite of a mostly talented cast this film is dull and rarely makes sense.Published 3 months ago by dolores plumlee
Funny show. Loved it. Lotsa "big name" actors in it. Not for young eyes though.Published on July 15, 2014 by Larry M.
Classic woody allan film not to many movies take the finger like this one does should keep you laughing if you like woody allan you should like thisPublished on April 10, 2014 by Kyle
How Woody was talked into this mess I'll never know. A real disappointment. Glad to see Kiefer Sutherland went on to star in 24.Published on November 8, 2013 by Michael C.
This is a cute movie. Woody Allen is in front of the camera and he's great. I love the New Mexico setting. Worth your time!Published on October 11, 2013 by blackstone lake
Unknown comedy of Alfonso Arau, the Mexican director. With Woody Allen as a countryman,, a role he has never thought of interpreting.Published on September 6, 2013 by Myriam P.
Love cheech martin and joesph gordon-Levitt this movie was really funny with a great cast would recommend this movie to anyone who loves a good moviePublished on November 20, 2012 by Diamond Padilla
Thanks to all the truly bad movies ever made I didn't give this one star by default.
Woody Allen is only an actor in this movie, and lends his usual persona to it, but I don't... Read more