EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM (director/writer: Herbert Ross; screenwriter: based on the play by Woody Allen/Woody Allen; cinematographer: Owen Roizman; editor: Marion Rothman; music: Billy Goldenberg; cast: Woody Allen (Allan), Diane Keaton (Linda Christie), Tony Roberts (Dick Christie), Jerry Lacy (Humphrey Bogart), Susan Anspach (Nancy), Jennifer Salt (Sharon), Joy Bang (Julie), Viva (Jennifer); Runtime: 86; MPAA Rating: PG; producers: Charles H. Joffe/Arthur P. Jacobs; Paramount Home Entertainment; 1972)|
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Vintage Woody Allen.
Ross ("The Turning Point"/"The Goodbye Girl"/"The
Sunshine Boys") directs this pleasingly comical
adaptation of Woody
Allen's 1969 hit Broadway play about Woody playing a
film critic and film buff who is shy and awkward with
handles the screenplay and stars as the
self-deprecating Allan Felix,
who is devastated that his wife of a few years, Nancy
decides to divorce him because he's a drag. Consoled
self-absorbed business wheeler-dealer best friend Dick
Christie (Tony Roberts) and his
caring wife Linda
Keaton), who fix him up on a number of blind dates
that all go awry
because Allan is a nervous wreck. Feeling he needs
love advice, Allan
brings up the ghost of Bogie (Jerry Lacy) to act as
his alter ego and clue him into the cool way of
romancing the broads. Allan
flubs on every date, but hits the soft spot in Linda's
romances her while her workaholic inattentive hubby is
away on a
business trip and she acts as his handler as he dates.
fascination with Casablanca (1942) reaches its
apex in the film's closing scene at the foggy airport,
when the film
to say to
Linda and Dick the noble self-sacrificing farewell
said to Ingrid
Bergman and Paul Henreid.
There were a number of
hysterically funny scenes that include Allan's first
blind date where
he tries to be suave to impress his date Sharon
(Jennifer Salt) and
ends up flipping an Oscar Peterson
record out of its
album cover to smash against the wall and the
scene where he takes out
Julie (Joy Bang) on a
blind date, who
works in Dick's office, and she insists they go to
a seedy biker bar to "get high
watch the weirdos"--which results in the biker thugs
stealing his date
beating Allan up.
Allan's idealistic romantic notions are based on the movies, as he lives his real-life as if it was a fantasy. The on-going joke is the contrasting of the ineffective Allen’s angst-ridden nebbish character with the opposite sex and the smooth tough guy image of Humphrey Bogart’s macho lover.
REVIEWED ON 2/23/2010 GRADE: A-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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