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Movie 4 d week : Everyone says I love you (1996)

Review by Vinoo
Language : English
Director : Woody Allen

What a wonderful opening credit. Rabbits. ‘Everyone Says I Love You’ has to be one of the weirdest musicals if one can call it that. I choose to. Well… for one, you have the entire cast singing their own lines. Set in New York, Venice and Paris it follows the story of couples in various stages of their relationships : married-and-divorced, divorced-remarried, divorced-and-friends-with-ex-wife-and-her-new-husband,  just-into-a-new –relationship-this-evening, first-relationship, marrier-but-on-the lookout, multiple-relationships. You name it. Bob (Alan Alda) and Steffi (Goldie Hawn) are married for many years and have three daughters,4 Lane (Gaby Hoffman), Laura (Natalie Portman), Skylar (Drew Barrymore) and a son, Scott (Lukas Haas). Holden (Edward Norton) and Skylar are in love with each other until in comes a friend of Steffi, Charles Ferry (a hilarious Tim Roth) a convict who breaks their relationship. A common friend of Bob and Steffi, Steffi’s ex-husband, Joe (Woody Allen) is lonely again after one more of his affair fails. Here is why:

Joe : Carol was a poet and a member of MENSA so…
Steffi : She was a heroin addict!
Joe : Yeah she was also a heroin addict, but I thought it was insulin, so how was I to know?

Djuna Berlin alias DJ (Natasha Lyonne) is the daughter of Joe from his earlier marriage with Steffi. DJ is trying to set up her father with Von Sidell (Julia Roberts) who is in an unhappy relationship. DJ knows this from her peek sessions at a psychiatrist’s where Von is a visiting patient. She tells Joe all about Von, and Joe in turn poses as the ideal man, the man she is looking for. Soon Von realizes it isn’t true love and leaves Joe. Joe meets Steffi and they have a long conversation and they fall in love, under the bridge, all over again and sing and dance to ‘I am through with love’.
Here is another favourite from the movie.

Steffi : You always pick the wrong women.
Joe : Hey, I picked you.
Steffi : Yeah, I know, we got divorced.
Joe : ‘Cause you were impossible to live with.
Steffi : “I was impossible to live with,” I love this. You couldn’t figure out whether you wanted to be a psychoanalyst or a writer!
Joe : So I compromised, I became a writer and a patient.

He even has a piece of advice for all of you in a relationship.

Joe : In a relationship, it is better to be the leaver than the leavee.

Whatever that means J

Other must watch Woody Allen flicks : ‘Everything You Wanted To Know About Sex’, ‘Manhattan’, Match point’, ‘Alice’, ‘Deconstructing Harry’, ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors’, ‘Small Time Crooks’, ‘Annie Hall’ (another favourite), etc. Also check out Woody Allen in ‘The Front’ directed by Martin Ritt.

He must probably be the only one who has even acted as a sperm. Check out this sperm with glasses

Woody Allen can carry off just about anything. This scene from ‘Annie Hall’ is sheer genius

Well… What do you do when someone is screaming their opinion in your ear. Wish we could all solve it like this eh?

That said, Woody Allen’s recent ‘You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger’ was pathetic. A rehash of scenes from some of his older flicks. Hope to watch ‘Whatever Works’, ‘Hollywood Ending’ and ‘Midnight in Paris’ soon. ‘Vicky Christina Barcelona’ was interesting though, partly thanks to the amazing casting.

In ESILY ‘Hooray for Captain Spalding’ is sung by a chorus of Groucho Marx’s. Woody Allen is a self-admitted Groucho Marx fan. Some of the dialogues between Bob and his son, Scott, one a Democrat and the other Republican are hilarious. And yeah, ‘Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think’

Also watched ‘The Whistleblower’. Doesn’t pass the muster. Watched ‘Iran Is Not The Problem’ at Ranga Shankara, Bengalooru, an average film, more a documentation of how the US is messing up one more country, Iran, made interesting because of the discussion after.

Useless trivia : Most of the performers sing in their own voices, with two exceptions, Goldie Hawn, who was told by Allen to intentionally sing worse because she sang too well to be believable as a normal person just breaking into song, and Drew Barrymore, who convinced Woody Allen that her singing was too awful even for the “realistic singing voice” concept he was going for. Her voice was dubbed by Woody Allen regular, Olivia Hyman. Courtesy : Wikipedia.

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