She's Funny That Way

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She's Funny That Way
Directed by Peter Bogdanovich
Produced by
Screenplay by
Music by Edward Shearmur
Cinematography Yaron Orbach
Edited by Nick Moore
Pax Wassermann
Distributed by Clarius Entertainment
Release dates
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English

She's Funny That Way is a 2014 American comedy-drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich and co-written with Louise Stratten.


The film centers on a hooker-turned-Broadway-thespian (Imogen Poots) and follows the “recurring intersection between these two facets of her life”. A Broadway director (Owen Wilson) pays for her escort services despite being married to the star (Kathryn Hahn) of his new play A Grecian Evening. The play’s writer (Will Forte) falls for her as well, despite the fact that he’s already dating her therapist (Jennifer Aniston), whose alcoholic mother (Joanna Lumley) is in rehab.[3]





The script was written by Peter Bogdanovich and ex-wife Louise Stratton, hoping to direct since 2005. In 2010, proteges of Bogdanovich – Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach – offered their backing to get the film made, agreeing to serve as executive producers.[10]


In 2012, when the film was officially announced, Owen Wilson, Brie Larson and Olivia Wilde were signed on in lead roles. Larson was to play the prostitute turned actress and Wilde would play the role of her therapist. Jason Schwartzman was also rumored to be in negotiations to play Wilde's playwright boyfriend. Due to production delays, Wilson is the only actor to remain with the project.[11] In February 2013, it was announced that Jennifer Aniston would replace Wilde in the role of the therapist, the same time Kathryn Hahn, Cybill Shepherd, and Eugene Levy were announced as cast members.[12] Despite filming scenes since the start of filming, Imogen Poots and Will Forte were announced as taking roles of the prostitute and playwright July 23, 2013 and July 24, 2013. The same week, Joanna Lumley, Debie Mazar, Rhys Ifans, Lucy Punch, Ahna O'Reilly, Jake Hoffman as being cast in the film.

Bogdanovich said that Aniston was first selected to play Delta Simmons but she preferred to play the role of the therapist, which is a much showier part.[13]


Principal photography lasted 29 days.[13]

The filming began on July 11, 2013 in New York City.[14]


Edward Shearmur was hired on July 15, 2014, to score the music for the film.[15]


On August 29, 2014, the movie was presented to the Venice Film Festival.[16] On September 12 it was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and bought by Clarius Entertainment.[17] A screening at the Tokyo International Film Festival was scheduled for the end of October.[18] In January 2015, the movie will be screened to the Palm Springs International Film Festival.[19]


On Metacritic, the film has a score of 54 out of 100, based on reviews from 8 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[20]


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  5. ^ "Tatum O'Neal Reteams With 'Paper Moon' Director Peter Bogdanovich for Showbiz Comedy (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
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  11. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin, "Owen Wilson, Olivia Wilde & Brie Larson To Star In Peter Bogdanovich's 'Squirrel To The Nuts' Produced By Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach", The Playlist 5/24/2012
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  20. ^ "She's Funny That Way Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 

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