Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Sep 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A somewhat unsuccessful talent agent pretends to be the boyfriend of a client’s mistress which causes even more trouble for everyone.
My Take on it – This isn’t one of Woody Allen’s’ best films, but he still manages to find a way to keep things moving at a nice pace.
This film’s story is a modern day comedy of errors and as the story moves along it gets more and more complicated and convoluted as things perceived are not always as people believe.
The dialogue is superb and Allen is able to truly capture the situations so well.
Once again, Allen casts himself in the lead role and even if most of the characters he plays have very similar characteristics, I liked the fact that this time he plays a role of a man who remains unsuccessful in all that he does yet still tries to persevere throughout.
Despite his lack of success, he is still hailed by those around him largely due to the tall tales that circulate about him and his escapades.
As interesting as this story is, I’m still not sure that Allen truly deserved an Oscar nomination for Best Director for this film even if the script and dialogue is written so well.
Bottom Line – Allen does a nice job with this comedy of errors even if it gets more and more convoluted as things move along. The main character played by Allen himself has many of the same characteristics that most of his characters have yet here we get to see a man who remains unsuccessful in what he does yet is hailed by those around him largely for his perseverance. As interesting as this story is, I’m still a bit confused how it was nominated for Best Director. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the film, it is touted that a sandwich be named after Danny Rose (Woody Allen). Its type and filling is suggested to be cream cheese on bagel with marinara sauce. In real life, after the movie was made and released, the Carnegie Delicatessen Restaurant, which was a setting in the picture, owner Leo Steiner, who appeared as himself in the film, created a “Danny Rose” sandwich. Its filling includes corned beef, pastrami and coleslaw and it comes in a special doggy bag. “Danny Rose” and comic strip character “Dagwood” are the only fictional icons that have a sandwich named after them at the Carnegie Deli. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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