Anything Else

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Anything Else
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Woody Allen
Produced by Letty Aronson
Written by Woody Allen
Starring Jason Biggs
Christina Ricci
Woody Allen
Stockard Channing
Danny DeVito
Jimmy Fallon
Erica Leerhsen
KaDee Strickland
Cinematography Darius Khondji
Edited by Alisa Lepselter
Distributed by DreamWorks (USA)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (UK DVD)
Release dates
  • August 27, 2003 (2003-08-27)
Running time
108 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $18 million
Box office $13,585,075

Anything Else is a 2003 romantic comedy film. The film was written and directed by Woody Allen, produced by his sister Letty Aronson, and stars Jason Biggs, Christina Ricci, Woody Allen, Stockard Channing, Danny DeVito, Jimmy Fallon, Erica Leerhsen and KaDee Strickland.

Anything Else was the opening-night selection at the 60th annual Venice International Film Festival.


Jerry Falk (Biggs) is an aspiring writer living in New York City, who falls in love at first sight with Amanda (Ricci) and begins having an affair. He eventually tells his girlfriend about it so that she will dump him, because Falk cannot end relationships. Seeking advice, Jerry turns to an aging struggling artist (Allen) who acts as his oracle — and that includes trying to help sort out Jerry’s romantic life.


Critical reception[edit]

The film received generally mixed reviews from critics. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that the film received 40 percent positive reviews, based on 129 reviews.[1] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 43 out of 100, based on 37 reviews.[2] Leonard Maltin, in his movie and video guide, gave the film a “BOMB” rating (the only Allen-directed film he has ever rated BOMB), and called it “Allen’s all-time worst”. However, the reception was not entirely negative; in August 2009, it was cited by Quentin Tarantino as one of his favorite 20 films since 1992.[3]


Anything Else is only the second Allen film to be shot in anamorphic format, the first being Manhattan. It also has the honor of being the first film released with all prints having cyan dye optical soundtracks (the new standard for analog sound on film prints).

When he cast Biggs and during most of the shoot, Allen was under the impression that the actor was Jewish. Allen was surprised to learn that he is Catholic.


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