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Everyone Says I Love You
A New York girl sets her father up with a beautiful woman in a shaky marriage while her half sister gets engaged.
The most underrated movie Woody Allen ever made? Maybe, including by me, at least until today. I had some hazy memories of seeing this once in college and hating it—mostly because I thought the Woody Allen/Julia Roberts romance was dreadful. And I was right, to a point. But I missed the message of that subplot, which, like the rest of the charmingly fanciful musical (and so much of Allen's work), is about the gap between fantasy and reality. As Roberts’ character says in her final scene “I have seen my dream come true, and my fantasy no longer tortures me. I can live with it.” How much of this movie, about happily blended families and ex-husbands and wives with lovely,…
A.V. Club review. Even better than I remembered—a version of Radio Days in which the nostalgia is present-tense. Some would argue with me about whether it's the last of his films to flirt with greatness (I'll give Deconstructing Harry another shot at some point), but I think it's nearly irrefutable that he'd never again demonstrate this level of comic timing or lightness of touch.
Officially just passed Annie Hall, becoming my favorite of Woody Allen's films.
Performances : 7.9/10
Story : 8.9/10
Production : 8.1/10
Overall : 8.3/10
Leave it to Woody Allen to make me fall in love with a musical. Technically it's the worst kind of musical too, the kind of musical with songs that do nothing for the plot. The make the story linger rather than drive it forward. The trick is that Allen does all of this by design. It seems to come off as an homage to classic musicals while simultaneously poking fun at them in a way that only Woody Allen could pull off.
My issue with most musicals (especially those with songs that do nothing for the plot) is that every time they break into song it just comes…
I have been slowly working my way through Woody Allen’s filmography throughout the past year. I am coming down the home stretch and was beginning to fear that I ran out of good ones. Everyone Says I Love You was a bit of a surprise. I hadn’t heard much about it. Every so often, characters will break out into a lively musical number. Some of the numbers are really, really great. Allen has displayed great comedic timing over the years. This film is really funny and this is due to comedic timing. Allen times everything perfectly. The screenplay is filled with hilarious bits of dialogue. The films boasts a strong cast ranging everywhere from a young Natalie Portman to Alan…
"I never believed in God. No, I didn't even as a little kid. I remember this. I used to think even if he exists, he's done such a terrible job, it's a wonder people don't get together and file a class action suit against him."- Bob
Going in I was unaware that this Woody Allen film was a musical. To be honest I'm not too big on musicals. I didn't mind this one at all though. Some of the songs were quite good and the presentation of them was often hilarious. As with any good Woody Allen film, Everyone Says I Love You has lots of great lines. What really makes this film worth watching is the cast. Just take a look at all the talent involved in this one. It really is a great ensemble. Overall it's definitely not one of Woody's best, but it is still enjoyable. 7/10
This is a charming Woody Allen movie. I'm sorry it has taken me so long to see it.
The movie had me when the mannequins began dancing during the first musical number.
"Everyone Says I Love You" isn't perfect. The singing is not polished, and there seems to be a hole at the center of this movie. Who is the main character, or what is the main relationship here? It's hard to say. Also, the musical numbers, as delightful as they are, don't quite fit together into a coherent whole.
But the musical numbers are a delight.
"Whoopee!" just made me laugh. "It's Later Than You Think" made me think of "Beetlejuice." And "I'm Through With Love" as Goldie Hawn…
Wasn't a fan of the musical aspect. It seemed a little out of place, but I understand the reasoning behind it and how it reinforces the underlying dream-like storyline. I thought the singing was cheesy at parts, but the final dance scene with Woody and Goldie Hawn gave me a little more appreciation for the musical elements and how they fit into the story.
comforts me to know that woody allen once wrote a short rap song.
It’s such a damn-near shame that Woody Allen’s most whimsical of motion pictures has been so thoroughly forgotten about. Not only is it compact with an ensemble of A-listers ranging from Julia Roberts and Natalie Portman to Edward Norton and Drew Barrymore, but it’s a film in Allen’s ouvere that stands out as one that is wholly its own. A musical with pizzaz and self-aware wit, "Everyone Says I Love You" is the kind of movie that feels like it was made with a love for the movies - musical numbers standing for something more than just song and dance. The sequence involving Allen and Goldie Hawn dancing on the bridge has as much life in its three minutes as much as the very greatest moments Allen has ever directed.
As the only full musical of Allen’s career so far, EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU seems to exist on its own, abiding by its own wayward, rather mad rules. In contrast to his next film, the messy and bitter DECONSTRUCTING HARRY, the movie is refreshing in its lightness and elegance.
With disarming simplicity the film explores the most simple human question, how to make somebody love you back? More in tune with his recent ventures into screwball, Allen adopts a ‘c’est la vie’ mentality in answering the question, underlined by various nonchalant song-and-dance numbers, which inevitably bring to mind Alain Resnais’ concurrent ON CONNAIT LA CHANSON (1997).
Across a huge cast of related characters, various relationships are shown starting and…
Woody Allen's continuing love affair with mediocrity continued with this romantic comedy/musical that once again, if nothing else, shows that Allen is capable of bending his own Woody Allen world view into whatever genre he tries to tackle next. It's one of the last films from this time period that at least feels like he's trying something different, and while it might not work to the effect that he had hoped, it does work enough to be a charming little film.
The film takes old standards from the Big Band era and updates them into the modern context and even adds unexpected (and in some cases, unwarranted) dance sequences throughout. In retrospect, you can see the germinating seeds of some…
Ese final, ugh.
“I’ve never been kissed by a sociopath before.”
This long overdue viewing of my (still) probably favourite Woody Allen movie was a little dampened by reading some of the more negative views on it - not even retrospective based on the recent resurgence of controversy around him, but from the time itself - calling the movie creepy, etc. But with a line like that in the midst of one of the scenes that surely inspired that reaction, you can't say he didn't know exactly what kind of story he was telling here.
Honestly, the first time I saw it, in my late teens (and, it's worth adding, I was a very late bloomer) none of that even crossed my mind.…
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