Anything Else

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Anything Else
Anythingelseposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWoody Allen
Produced byLetty Aronson
Written byWoody Allen
Starring
Narrated byJason Biggs
CinematographyDarius Khondji
Edited byAlisa Lepselter
Distributed byDreamWorks Pictures
Release date
  • August 27, 2003 (2003-08-27) (Venice Film Festival)
  • September 19, 2003 (2003-09-19) (theatrical (USA))
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$18 million
Box office$13,585,075

Anything Else is a 2003 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen, produced by his sister Letty Aronson, and starring Jason Biggs, Christina Ricci, Allen, Stockard Channing, Danny DeVito, Jimmy Fallon, Erica Leerhsen and KaDee Strickland. The film was shown as the opening night selection at the 60th annual Venice International Film Festival.

Synopsis[edit]

Jerry Falk (Biggs), an aspiring writer living in New York City, has a girlfriend, Brooke (Strickland). He falls in love with Amanda (Ricci) and has an affair with her. Amanda leaves her own boyfriend for Jerry. Brooke finally figures it out and leaves Jerry. Jerry turns to an aging, struggling artist (Allen) who acts as his mentor, which includes trying to help sort out Jerry’s romantic life. Dobel tries to convince Jerry that his manager is only holding him back and his relationship with Amanda is the most destructive force in his life. Amanda continuously cheats on Jerry. Jerry's neuroses start to worsen. Eventually Jerry leaves town as Dobel gets him a job writing for television in California. Amanda has an affair with the doctor who was treating her and runs off with him.

Cast[edit]

  • Jason Biggs as Jerry Falk - a neurotic, aspiring writer living in New York City. He frequently has needs and qualifications in his relationship with Amanda but when she has commitment issues, Jerry often resides to David about sex talk advice.
  • Christina Ricci as Amanda Chase - An unsure, needy, co-dependent, and insecure girl who often has troubles dealing with commitment.
  • Woody Allen as David Dobel - An aging writer who constantly has talks with Jerry about his sex life.
  • Stockard Channing as Paula Chase, Amanda's mother
  • Danny DeVito as Harvey Wexler
  • Jimmy Fallon as Bob
  • Erica Leerhsen as Connie
  • KaDee Strickland as Brooke
  • Adrian Grenier as Ray Polito
  • David Conrad as Dr. Phil Reed

Reception[edit]

The film received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 40%, based on reviews from 129 critics.[1] Metacritic gave the film an average score of 43 out of 100, based on reviews from 37 critics.[2]

Leonard Maltin, in his movie and video guide, gave the film a "BOMB" rating (the only Allen-directed film he ever rated BOMB), and called it "Allen's all-time worst".[3]

In August 2009, it was cited by Quentin Tarantino as one of his favorite 20 films since 1992, when his career as a filmmaker began.[4]

In 2016 film critics Robbie Collin and Tim Robey ranked Anything Else as one of the worst movies by Woody Allen.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anything Else". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Archived from the original on February 19, 2008. Retrieved February 13, 2008.
  2. ^ "Anything Else (2003): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved February 13, 2008.
  3. ^ Maltin, Leonard (2009). Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide. Signet Books. ISBN 1-101-10660-3.
  4. ^ "Quentin Tarantino - Forgotten Jason Biggs Movie is One of the Best Films of All Time". Movieline. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
  5. ^ "All 47 Woody Allen movies - ranked from worst to best". The Telegraph. October 12, 2016. Retrieved February 12, 2017.

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