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Running Time:
108 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for a scene of drug use and some sexual references

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Woody Allen's finally made an amusing though weird romantic comedy, that's not as good as his best films, but is much better than his last few.


Anything Else
Jerry Falk (Jason Biggs from American Pie) falls in love with a free-spirited young woman named Amanda (Christina Ricci) who's a chain-smoking, binge-eating, pill-popping, struggling actress, but he can't say no to her, despite the fact that she is always late, eats everything in the house, is sexually attracted to almost every man she meets except Jerry, and has allowed her drunken mother (Stockard Channing) to move in with them in their cramped one bedroom apartment. So Jerry begins taking long walks in Central Park with his friend and mentor, another comedy writer, David Dobel (Allen). Jerry has some amusing monologues speaking directly to the audience and Allen has a few hilarious sequences himself, but essentially it's the two young leads that dominate the film. Biggs does take some getting used to, but Ricci's so perfectly cast as Amanda that she holds the screen whenever she’s on it. No matter how horribly she treats Jerry, there’s a sadness in her eyes, and the promise of love in her crooked smile, that keeps her character from seeming as completely hateful as she really is. Stockard Channing and Danny DeVito are good in their supporting roles and Jimmy Fallon (Saturday Night Live) appears briefly, but it's writer/director Allen, along with Biggs, and notably Ricci who command your attention in this strange but relatively pleasant comedy.






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