After a slew of stinkers over the past few years (including The Curse of the Jade Scorpion and Hollywood Ending), Woody Allen finally makes a successful comeback with his latest film. The only problem: the Woodster has downgraded himself to a co-starring role. While watching the movie, you can't help but picture Allen as main character Jerry Falk, a neurotic, struggling writer; however the torch has been passed onto American Pie idol Jason Biggs. Christina Ricci shares the screen, looking all grown up as the writer's nutty, licentious lady friend Amanda. Mr. Allen plays Falk's gun-toting, writing partner Dobel who tries to teach his pal a thing or two about love. Anything Else just wouldn't be an Allen flick without a significant supporting cast. This time 'round, Hollywood's veteran director assembled a group of thespians including Danny Devito as Falk's manager, Jimmy Fallon as Amanda's boyfriend Bob and Stockard Channing as the bug-eyed babe's mother. Anything Else is the most traditional, Woody-esque romantic comedy to make its way to video since 1995's Mighty Aphrodite. Annie Hall it ain't, fans of the filmmaker's overanxious onscreen persona will still manage to seek pleasure in the fact that the flick feels closer to an old school Allen picture than anything else out there.
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