Play It Again, Sam (1972)


“Why am I going to the beach? I hate the beach. I don’t like swimming or the sun. I’m red-headed, fair-skinned. I don’t tan, I stroke. ” – Allan

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Oct 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A neurotic film critic who’s wife has left him tries to get on with his life with the help of his best friend and his wife and delusions of Humphrey Bogart.

My Take on it – Such a fun Woody Allen film that works so well.

Allen and Diane Keaton have great chemistry together which realized itself even more in Annie Hall (1977) five years later.

They do a wonderful job mixing together the delusions of this character with his reality and that helps keep the story so much fun to watch unfold.

The biggest problem that I have with Allen’s movie sis that he almost always plays the exact same character and watching this made me think I was once again watching any number of his other films which slightly takes away from the uniqueness of it all.

The dialogue is great and helps keep things moving at a great pace throughout.

Love the way that this film uses the character’s love for Casablanca (1942) to its advantage and anyone who is familiar with the film can enjoy this even on another level.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The set dressing and direction of a movie buff’s apartment required locating many rare film posters and movie memorabilia. The value of the items ranged from as little as ten dollars to as expensive as $500. Some of the rarer pieces could only be rented by the production. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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