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Anything Else

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Jason Biggs and Christina Ricci star as a mismatched couple in Woody Allen's funny and well-made romantic comedy ANYTHING ELSE. Biggs plays Jerry Falk, a young comedy writer looking to make it big, while Ricci is Amanda, a self-absorbed free spirit whom men go wild for. They fall for each other instantly near the beginning of the film, then spend the rest of the movie trying to work out their very complex and complicated relationship, especially after her mother (Stockard Channing) moves in to their small apartment to live with them.

    With echoes of such classic Allen fare as ANNIE HALL, ANYTHING ELSE is a lighthearted look at young love in the Big Apple. Allen himself stars as David Dobel, an older comedy writer who mentors Jerry, often on walks through Central Park, but it seems that Dobel has a bit of an anger management problem. Once again, New York City is virtually a character unto itself, as Allen includes scenes in such Gotham places as the Village Vanguard jazz club, Isabella's restaurant, Roosevelt Island, Sheepshead Bay, and the Quad Cinema. Good supporting work is turned in by Danny DeVito as Falk's manager. The soundtrack includes songs by Billie Holiday, Ravi Shankar, Teddy Wilson, Lester Young, Moby, and Diana Krall, who appears in the film.
    • Rating - a scene of drug use and some sexual references
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 90852

  • Credits
    Jason Biggs, Stockard Channing, Susan Stockard, Danny DeVito, Danny De Vito, Jimmy Fallon, Christina Ricci, Woody Allen, Allan Stewart Konigsberg, Fisher Stevens, Adrian Grenier, Diana Krall
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Its relaxed, casual air gives the humor room to breathe..."
    New York Times

    "...ANYTHING ELSE feels newly hatched..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "The dialogue in Woody Allen's ANYTHING ELSE is an exercise of neurotic bravery....And because Allen is a master of comic dialogue, it is our pleasure to listen..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...Allen hasn't lost his knack for slapstick with a sting..."
    Rolling Stone

    "The freshest things are the performances of the brilliant Stockard Channing and of Allen himself."

    "[A] tart and often amusing rites-of-passage comedy..."
    Sight and Sound

    "[T]his entertains with pizzazz."

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