She's Funny That Way

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She's Funny That Way
She's Funny That Way.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Peter Bogdanovich
Produced by
Written by
  • Louise Stratten
  • Peter Bogdanovich
Music by Edward Shearmur
Cinematography Yaron Orbach
Edited by
Distributed by Lionsgate Premiere
Release dates
  • August 29, 2014 (2014-08-29) (Venice)
  • August 21, 2015 (2015-08-21)
Running time
93 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.6 million[2]

She's Funny That Way is a 2014 American comedy film directed by Peter Bogdanovich and co-written with Louise Stratten. The film stars Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Kathryn Hahn, Will Forte and Jennifer Aniston.

The film is scheduled to be released in a limited release in the United States and through video on demand on August 21, 2015 by Lionsgate Premiere.[3]


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 playwright (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.[4]





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] commencing on July 11, 2013 in New York City.[14]


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


On August 29, 2014, She's Funny That Way premiered at the Venice Film Festival.[16] On September 12, it was bought by Clarius Entertainment at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.[17] A screening at the Tokyo International Film Festival was scheduled for the end of October.[18] In January 2015, the film was screened to the Palm Springs International Film Festival.[19]

The film was originally scheduled for a May 1, 2015 release in theaters nationwide, but Clarius Entertainment pulled the film from the schedule. Later, the film was set for August 21, 2015;[20] however, on June 2, 2015, Lionsgate Premiere acquired the film after Clarius Entertainment dropped the film for unknown reasons, the film will now be released on August 21, 2015 in a limited release and through video on demand.

Critical reception[edit]

The film has received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 36% based on reviews from 22 critics, with an average rating of 5/10.[21] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 52 out of 100, based on reviews from 9 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[22]


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  5. ^ "Tatum O'Neal Reteams With 'Paper Moon' Director Peter Bogdanovich for Showbiz Comedy (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
  6. ^ Staff (2013-07-29). "Carter joins Aniston cast | Page Six". Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
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  9. ^ "Interview: 'Afternoon Delight' Star Kathryn Hahn Talks Motherhood, Unhinged Silver Lake Book Clubs & Peter Bogdanovich's 'Squirrel To The Nuts'|The Playlist". Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
  10. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin "Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach to Produce New Film by Peter Bogdanovich "Squirrel to the Nuts", The Playlist 10/29/2010
  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
  12. ^ Davis, Edward "Jennifer Aniston, Eugene Levy & Kathryn Hahn Join Peter Bogdanovich's 'She's Funny That Way' with Owen Wilson", The Playlist 2/10/2013
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  14. ^ "‘Squirrels to the Nuts’, starring Jennifer Aniston, begins filming in NYC". 11 July 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Edward Shearmur to Score Peter Bogdanovich's 'Squirrels to the Nuts'". July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
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  21. ^ "She's Funny That Way (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  22. ^ "She's Funny That Way Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 

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