Friday, January 4, 2008

Play It Again Sam (1972)

Allan (Woody Allen): I have met a lot of dames, but you are REALLY something special.
Linda (Diane Keaton): Really?
Allan: [to Bogart] She bought it!

Allan: I'll get broads up here like you wouldn't believe: swingers, freaks, nymphomaniacs, dental hygienists.

Allan: If that plane leaves the ground, and you're not on it with him, you'll regret it - maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of your life.
Linda: That's beautiful!
Allan: It's from Casablanca; I waited my whole life to say it.

Allan Felix (Woody Allen) is a recently-divorced, self-deprecating nebbish who tries to get his love life back on track with the help of his best friend Dick (Tony Roberts), his wife Linda (Diane Keaton). Allan’s imaginary friend Humphrey Bogart. But when Allan and Linda start to fall in love, complications ensue. 36 years agter it was made, this is still a very funny comedy, with a well-modulated supply of jokes (unlike many comedies that run out of steam in the last 30 minutes), most of which are not dated (especially those regarding relationships, although the silly scene in the biker bar doesn’t work well).  If you’ve subjected yourself to the last ten years of inferior Woody Allen movies and been disappointed each time, do yourself a favor and watch this one again, and see how good he used to be. Rating: 3.5 of 4reviewed 3 Dec 2007

"Woody Allen is one of those rare comedians who understands that humor can be based on pathos as well as sadism. While the high-pressure comics overwhelm us with aggressive humor, Woody is off in the bathroom somewhere being attacked by a hairdryer."
- Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)

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