Woody Allen – Everyone Says I Love You (1996)


Roger Ebert says this:

“Here is a movie that had me with a goofy grin plastered on my face for most of its length. A movie that remembers the innocence of the old Hollywood musicals and combines it with one of Allen’s funniest and most labyrinthine plots, in which complicated New Yorkers try to recapture the simplicity of first love. It would take a heart of stone to resist this movie.

…The story involves a lot of Allen’s familiar elements. His character, named Joe, is unlucky in love; he’s a writer who lives in Paris, where his French girlfriend Giselle has just dumped him. He contemplates suicide, and debates the wisdom of taking the Concorde to New York before killing himself (with the time gain, he could get an extra three hours of stuff done and still be dead on schedule).

He returns to New York, to be comforted by his best friends, who are his first wife, Steffi (Goldie Hawn), and her current husband, Bob (Alan Alda). The extended family is a yours, mine and ours situation. D.J. is one of Joe’s daughters with Steffi. She serves as the narrator. Then there is Skylar (Drew Barrymore), Joe and Steffi’s other daughter, who has just gotten engaged. And the children from Steffi and Bob’s marriage are Scott, who has the family concerned with his newfound conservatism, and his sisters Lane and Laura (Natalie Portman), who are just discovering boys and have unfortunately discovered the same one.

The plot is simultaneously featherweight and profound, like a lot of Allen’s movies: Big questions are raised and then dispatched with a one-liner, only to keep eating away at the hero until an eventually happy ending. Most of the questions have to do, of course, with unwise or inappropriate romances.”



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