Anything Else

Synopsis: In any relationship, one person always does the heavy lifting.

Jason Biggs (American Pie) and Christina Ricci (Sleepy Hollow) star in Woody Allen’s latest comedy romp that proves love at first sight isn’t like “anything else.” When an aspiring young writer falls head over heels with a free-spirited, hard-to-please young woman, he soon discovers he’s going to have to work doubly hard to make their love work. Anything Else is a hysterical look at modern romance that keeps the laughs coming as their relationship spins wildly out of control!
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Anything Else 6.5

What a mixed bag! And it’s unfortunate, because Jason Biggs is amazing, as per usual (he’s a terribly under-rated actor, and is probably one of the best of his generation). As for Woody Allen, he is laugh-out-loud funny in this one! Scenes between the two of them are so fantastic, I wish there had been more – Biggs plays the perfect straight man to Allen’s nuty conspiracy theorist.

But the story is weighed down by the romantic angle: the female lead (played by Christina Ricci, who clearly wasn’t in top form here!) is so annoying and so clearly disconnected from the male lead that it’s hard to accept that his head would remain clouded with love.

In fact, I don’t know how any self-respecting individual could stand to be around her. So, while some people might find the situations outrageously funny, farce-like even, I found it very frustrating – all I wanted to do was scream at the screen: ‘Put your foot down! Stand up for yourself! Just say no!”

I’d give the Woody Allen/Jason Biggs moments an 8.5 and the rest a 5.5 or a 6.0 – it’s that uneven. It’s a real shame, in the end, because it could have been a really nice feather in Allen’s cap. But the male leads totally outshone the female leads (even Stockard Channing!) and the story is diffcult to buy into at key moments.

Still, it has some terribly funny bits. And that alone makes it worth watching again. And, who knows, maybe it’ll grow on me over time.

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