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Anything Else (2003)

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Jerry Falk learns a lesson the hard way when he falls head over heels in love with a beautiful but flighty girl, Amanda.

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Woody Allen

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Woody Allen

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Allen ... David Dobel
Jason Biggs ... Jerry Falk
Fisher Stevens ... Manager
Anthony Arkin ... Pip's Comic
Danny DeVito ... Harvey Wexler
Christina Ricci ... Amanda
KaDee Strickland ... Brooke
Jimmy Fallon ... Bob Stiles
Diana Krall ... Diana Krall
William Hill ... Psychiatrist
Stockard Channing ... Paula Chase
Maurice Sonnenberg Maurice Sonnenberg ... Movie Theater Patron
Kenneth Edelson ... Hotel Desk Clerk
David Conrad ... Dr. Phil Reed
Joseph Lyle Taylor ... Bill
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Storyline

Jerry Falk and David Dobel, who meet at a business meeting, become fast friends. Their commonality is that they are both fledgling New York based comedy writers, largely writing material for stand-ups, are Jewish (although David is an atheist), and are each of bundle of different neuroses. Their big difference is that Jerry is twenty-one, while David is sixty, with forty more years worth of life experience, knowledge and neuroses. While Jerry writes full time - he also working on a novel - David has kept his day job as a public school teacher just in case. In their relationship, David becomes somewhat of Jerry's mentor, providing advice on Jerry's life issues, most which revolve around the fact that Jerry is a product of inertia, he having trouble leaving anyone. That's why Jerry's still with the one and only manager he's ever had, Harvey Wexler. Jerry not only being Harvey's only client (which is a testament to his effectiveness in the job), Harvey also has a 25% take as stipulated ... Written by Huggo

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In any relationship, one person always does the heavy lifting

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of drug use and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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English | Latin

Release Date:

19 September 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Woody Allen Spring Project 2002 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,673,125, 21 September 2003

Gross USA:

$3,212,310

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,585,075
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jerry's reference to a very funny comedian who wrote "Never Trust A Naked Bus Driver" was referring to Jack Douglas, who also wrote 'My Brother Was An Only Child'. See more »

Goofs

When Falk types on his laptop computer, the number of (enlarged) typed lines alternates between five in close-up to just three at a distance. See more »

Quotes

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David Dobel: You know, there's great wisdom in jokes, Falk, really. There's an old joke about a prizefighter who's in the ring, and he's getting killed, he's getting his brains beat out; and his mother's in the audience, and she's watching him getting beaten up in the ring, and there's a priest next to her, and she says 'Father, father, pray for him, pray for him!' The priest says 'I will pray for him, but if he could punch it would help!' There's more insight in that joke, into what I call the...
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Soundtracks

The Way You Look Tonight
Written by Dorothy Fields & Jerome Kern
Performed by Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson & his Orchestra
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Some reviews are so predictable
7 March 2005 | by jeremy-liebsterSee all my reviews

The predictability of the reviews on this database is hilarious. Every Woody Allen film gets...'it's not as good as Annie Hall'. Over and over and over again. As though Woody Allen has committed a heinous crime in making a supposedly lesser film. Just as every Martin Scorsese film gets a run of 'It's not Raging Bull or Goodfellas'. Over and over and over again. I think that sometimes people sit down intent on wallowing in gloom, specifically to compare a film negatively with a director or actor's previous works. Probably the sort of irritating people who go back to the same place on holiday every year and complain that it was cheaper last year, much more fun and friendly and the place has become too commercialised.

Quite frankly I don't care if Anything Else is as good as Annie Hall. I loved it. From start to finish I laughed out loud at the fantastic dialogue, and unlike others I thought the acting was superb. Having heard next to nothing about it on release, this was one of the most unexpectedly funny, heart warming and intelligent films I have seen for some time.


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