Review Date: August 13, 2001
Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Producers: Letty Aronson
Of course, films like this (with little or no real tension in the plot) need solid actors to keep you interested in the quick-fire dialogue, and once again, Allen does a great job in playing his character, who for once, isn't his typical New York Jewish neurotic cheating insecure husband dude. He actually plays a "macho" guy here and handles it pretty well, especially the scenes in which he's hypnotized. But the bigger surprise for me in this film was Helen Hunt, an actress who I was openly "sick of seeing" in movies late last year (sorry babe, you were just in too many at the same time!). Anyway, she's really great in this film as the headstrong woman looking to a new era of equality amongst men, and doesn't miss a beat of Allen's fast-paced dialogue. I didn't care much for her running joke about him "dying" whenever he left a room, but overall she was really good and I especially liked the way that her sweaters clung to her breasts as they did...yum, yum! Harumph, but I digress. So let's recap. A great looking picture with a nice jazzy score, some funny one-liners, especially in the second half, a decent plotline, although you shouldn't expect a real mystery or anything, and some solid acting all around.
I can't say that this is even remotely close to any of Allen's best work, but I certainly believe it to be a step in the right direction, especially after the dinky decade of films that he just went through. It's probably better geared towards Allen fans more than anyone else, but I would still recommend this film to anyone looking for a cute, "old-school" kind of vibe, with chemistry between the leads, zippy dialogue and a satisfying conclusion.