|Everyone Says I Love You
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Romance meets comedy in Woody Allen's first movie musical, and it's a glorious celebration of love that had audiences laughing and critics cheering. In intertwining stories, Joe's (Woody Allen) attempt to win the heart of Von (Julia Roberts) takes him to scenic Venice and Paris, while his ex-wife, Steffi (Goldie Hawn), and her current husband, Bob (Alan Alda), deal with erupting family matters in their swank but crowded Manhattan apartment. In the meantime, Steffi and Bob's daughter, Skylar (Drew Barrymore), is torn between two boyfriends (Edward Norton and Tim Roth), adding to the complications. But through it all, Allen's dream cast knows the perfect moment to express their emotions with a classic love song or a hilarious production number. Musical comedy has seldom been played with such wit, humor, and sophistication. Get ready to fall in love with love ... and to sing the praises of EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU!
Writer-director Woody Allen has produced yet another challenging and funny film, this time taking on the musical genre and bending it to his own unique vision. The result is one of the most charming films in recent years, as Allen assembles a typically sterling ensemble cast to evoke the romanticism of years past. This time, the large cast (including Alan Alda, Drew Barrymore, Goldie Hawn, Edward Norton, and Tim Roth) not only turn in funny and touching performances, but they sing the classic songs of the 1930s and 1940s themselves, and sing them very well. The plot centers on an extended family in New York and their various romantic entanglements, including Allen's pursuit of Julia Roberts through the streets of Paris and the canals of Venice. The musical numbers are the film's high point, displaying wonderful choreography ranging from a room full of dancing Groucho Marxes to a dancing couple in flight at the banks of the Seine. Everyone Says I Love You is a witty and entertaining fantasy, and a truly romantic escape. --Robert Lane
- A MOVIE THAT WILL HAVE YOU SINGING
I enjoy watching musicals. They always seem to put you in a good mood,and bring about a smile on your face. And this is one of those's kind of movies also. Anyone who loves the music of the 30's and 40's like me is bound to enjoy this film. There are so many classic,and familiar songs you might find yourself humming along. The songs include "I'm Thru With Love","Just You,Just Me","Makin' Whoopee",and "Looking At You". The acting is great,and Allen's directing is terrific. The movie is about how a bunch of Manhattaners try to find love in the big apple and in Venice. Allen makes wonderful use of Venice by showing just what kind of charming place it is. This is a movie for those's who enjoy good music,good acting,and lighthearted comedy. IF YOU CAN'T FIND THE MOVIE CHARMING...I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU!...more info
- MUSICAL. 14th dec 2004.
If your into the musical type of film, you will love this. I found it watchable and quite a good film but i wouldn't say this is more than 3 out of 5.Some of the actors werebrilliant, and the film is worth buying because most of the film was quite good. ...more info
- Much Better Than Expected
I think the words "Woody Allen" and "musical" associate about as well as "Louis Farrakhan" and "rabbinical student", but I'm pleasantly surprised at how good the film is. Not that Woody doesn't have his moments, but sometime you have to question his judgement (anyone remember Shadows And Fog?) One thing about him that I do admire is his desire to try anything at least once, so in retrospect his attempt at a musical is not all that unusual.
One reason the film works as it does is that it simultaneously combines the ultimate inherent silliness of musicals (since most of us don't break out into song and dance while we're walking down the street) but grounds it in reality by not using people who are known for their singing, and quite honestly never will be. It's almost like Woody is saying that it's okay to break out into song and dance while you're walking down the street, but don't be surprised if you're not Gene Kelly.
The performances are all good, although some of the characters remain underdeveloped. The two standouts are Edward Norton, who shows that he can carry himself quite competently in his performance of "Just You, Just Me", and Tim Roth who is just good in everything he does (Tim Roth in a Woody Allen movie? Am I dreaming?)
The comedy is pieced together, but generally very effective. The number in the funeral home harks back to the original Woody Allen lunacy, and I thought the performance of "Hooray for Captain Spalding" in French was one of the all time great scenes that Woody has ever concocted. Although it's not a groundbreaker, the fact that all these songs were not written specifically for this film shows that Woody has an impeccable knowledge of the old music catalogs and knows how to use them effectively.
The characters that Woody Allen plays himself are usually victims of the Woody Allen persona, meaning that while they appear to be the same on the surface, they actually go much deeper than one viewing can show. The best part of the DVD is being able to dial up those scenes that amuse you and view them by themselves for a quick pick-me-up.
Although a step down from Bullets Over Broadway or Mighty Aphrodite, Everyone Says I Love You certainly stands up to later Woody efforts like Deconstructing Harry and Celebrity....more info
- Pleasant affair
Woody Allen's foray into the musical genre is charming, whimsical and makes for delightful entertainment. Though some have complained that Woody didn't use professional singers, I think such an objection rather misses the point: The use of clearly untrained singers has an endearing effect; it binds us to the characters in many ways, for they are ordinary people like us, not artificial Broadway types. It draws attention to the blurriness between art and life, fantasy and reality, as all of Woody's films do.
Overall, it must be admitted that Everyone Says I Love You is really no more than a pleasant diversion. The characters are too shallow to engage us in the profound way that Woody's other characters do. Nevertheless, it is worth a look from time to time....more info
- Cheesy and frothy, quite the cup of joe
Okay, call me crazy, but I enjoyed this movie. Yes it was cheesy. Yes Manhattan surely doesn't really look like that, and yes the dance scenes were stupid. But that's the whole point. Woody Allen has always been an exploring sort of director and in this one, he explores the realm of musical, which became old news by the late 70's. But still, this movie is worth a look, especially if you're a fan of movies like 'Singing in the Rain' and 'My Fair Lady'. What really suprised me was that the actors (most of them anyway) had good singing voices. I wasn't suprised really that Goldie Hawn could belt a tune like the rest of them, but Edward Norton? The guy is notorious for the meaty roles like in 'Primal Fear' and 'Fight Club'. But he's got a wonderful singing voice. As does Natasha Lyonne, and whomever sung for Drew Barrymore. The only ones I wasn't wild about were Woody Allen's (sorry buddy) and Julia Roberts (love ya, call me when you aren't doing a romantic comedy). But that comes with the territory. The premise is that the narrator is a rich girl who can't make up her mind about romance. Her name is DJ (played by Natasha Lyonne, for a better movie starring her I suggest you rent 'Slums of Beverly Hills'). She has a sister named Skylar (played by Drew Barrymore) who is engaged to Holden (played by the adorably bumbling Edward Norton). Her biological father is Woody Allen and he is currently residing in Paris. Her mother is Goldie Hawn, who got remarried to Alan Alda. From a previous marriage he has two daughters (played by Gaby Hoffman and Natalie Portman) and a son (played by Lucas Haas). Despite the somewhat confusing start, the movie flows eloquently and you even find yourself enjoying the cheesy dancing. Overall, it's a pretty good movie, and some of these actors should consider signing up with Virgin Records!...more info
- Cute musical with unlikely singers
I found this film witty and entertaining. It initially caught me off guard to hear Edward Norton and Julia Roberts singing. There are some really great sequences like the tap number in the jewelry store.
It's typical cynical Woody Allen humor and if you like that and/or you like musicals, check this one out. ...more info
- One Man's (Extended) Family
By now, Woody Allen fans have learned to take the long view in evaluating his, uh, oeuvre. Those of us who remember such early efforts as BANANAS or TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN--which we loved but no one was about to try and pass off as great cinema--also remember when almost out of the blue, Allen became a filmmaker to be reckoned with. LOVE AND DEATH was sharp, literate and suggested that could put together a well crafted film. But ANNIE HALL caused genuine excitement, garnered deserved critical acclaim and (although Allen purportedly could not have cared less) Academy Award nominations. It seemed, at the time, a quantum leap in terms of sophistication. It also hinted at artistic problems that would start to surface in later films.
One of the key differences between ANNIE and the earlier comedies was the lightly self-referential touch. If Allen had always played a nebbishy everyman in his early comedies: he now played--truer to his actual life experience certainly--a nebbishy successful filmmaker and comedian. The change was crucial. He was no longer a little man. Alvy Singer may have been a neurotic mess, but, like Woody Allen, he was a real player.
By the time we get to EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU some 20 years later, Allen's milieu is clearly defined--and extended. The single and childless Alvy and Annie have been replaced by the multi-married, no longer together Joe and Steffi (Goldie Hawn) and their array of children from their various marriages, blended, by all appearances, more or less successfully. Like so many of Allen's later films, it takes place in a glowing, warm upper middle class Manhattan (when we're not off to Paris or Venice). It's a world most of us can only dream of (as was true of the young and struggling Woody Allen once).
If EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU's setting is a kind of fantasyland, its characters are probably equally fantastic. Sophisticated, sweetly neurotic, but hardly desperate, these are people who remain best friends with former spouses, with no lingering "issues" rearing their heads at odd moments. College aged children play cupid for their own parents, and go, with a nod and a wicked wink, way beyond innocent PARENT TRAP territory. But nothing is done maliciously. Intentions are sort of good even when they involve such unethical behavior as eavesdropping on a private therapy session.
As warm and engaging as the characters are, and as attractive as their world seems, placing it all in the context of an old-style "burst into song" kind of musical belies all that. If the similar milieu of HANNAH AND HER SISTERS seemed like a possibility (a real world that we're just not fortunate enough to inhabit), this film's setting is pure fantasy. It is tempting to say that in his post-Mia period, Allen is projecting a vision of the kind of social world where forgiveness and reconciliation are not only possible, but are a virtual given.
It's probably not wise to rely on a psycho-analytic approach to Woody Allen's films. It's hard to ignore the fact though that both in real life and in his films, Allen went from dyed-in-the-wool bachelorhood to having an extended, perhaps eccentric family situation. It cannot be surprising that themes of family and forgiveness should appear in his later films. What's fascinating here is that these themes are addressed in a normally light-entertainment mode (musical comedy). It makes the yearning for innocence all the more profound in a way.
The music is pretty good too. Yes, the untrained voices of the actors work only in the context of the movie and no one's going to rush out looking for the soundtrack, but in that context, the device does work fairly well. Call it a little "alienation effect" or an "Allen-ation" effect. I find the songs effective for the most part, and certainly no more disturbing than some of the more traditional bits of surrealism in Woody Allen films (e.g. Marshall McLuhan jumping out from behind a movie display board in ANNIE HALL to lecture some pretentious buffoon about the real significance of his work). ANNIE was a great film, EVERYONE SAYS isn't quite on that level. But in the overall context of his work, it's certainly merits our attention--and our affection....more info
- Everyone might not exactly love this film, but I do!
Can I just say that I was 12 years old when I first saw this film, and had no remote idea as to who Woody Allen even was? After viewing this delight of a movie, I completely fell in love with his style and wit, and I quickly rented his other works such as "Manhattan", "Annie Hall", and "Celebrity". Some were good, some were mediocre, and some were just plain boring. But none of them were like "Everyone Says I Love You".
Famous for his all-star casts, "Everyone" starts off with - what else? - a couple: Drew Barrymore as the charming Skylar and Edward Norton as the neurotic, albeit determined Holden. Shot in a grainy, peculiar style reminiscent of the 1960s and '70s musicals, the film quickly establshes itself as a romantic musical comedy, and you know you are headed for a magical ride when the mannequins displayed in the posh store windows start singing along with the principal actors.
Narrated by the wonderful up-and-coming actress Natasha Lyonne (in one of her first roles!), the film's plot mainly revolves around a not-so-average Park Avenue family. Kind of a "Brady Bunch" for the Manhattanite crowd, the family is both dysfunctional, peculiar, and wildly entertaining. Goldie Hawn plays the liberal mother, married to Alan Aldas, the charming stepfather, and then there's their barrel full of kids. Some, like Drew and Natasha's characters, are from Goldie's previous marriage to Woody's character, a writer living in Paris. Others, like Lucas Haas, Gaby Hoffmann, and Natalie Portman, are children of Hawn's current marriage. And of course, there is the wandering, cranky Grandpa and the foreign dictator of a maid. Playing the part of Drew's fiancee is the sweet Norton. Julia Roberts also makes an appearance as Allen's dream lover. Of course, he knows everything about her from his daughter, who regularly listens in on her therapy sessions.
"Everyone Says I Love You" features a strong cast, solid performances (an especially great one by Tim Roth, who shows up as a hilarious felon eager for Drew's affection), and wonderful, nostalgic songs from the '30s and '40s (think Marx Brothers). As always, Allen's loving relationship with NYC shines through, and scenes filmed in Venice and Paris are breathtaking. Did I mention this film is magical? Expect singing ghosts, a levitating Goldie Hawn, and a Marx fest at the end. Don't let the weirdness dissuade you - it takes awhile to get into, but the end result is satisfying. If only all films could be as creative and dazzling as this one....more info
- Woody Allen does a Musical. Great Jokes, Poor Singing
`Everyone Says I Love You', written and directed by Woody Allen should have been entitled `Fickle, thy name is Woman', as it seem to be about one romantic change of mind after another by the leading female characters in the story.
Woody has parodied virtually every other genre of movie and play, so it was only a matter of time until he got to doing a parody of a musical. Thankfully, the Woodman did not try to write his own original songs for the story. Instead, as he almost always does, he borrowed songs from other Broadway and Hollywood musicals, mostly, I believe, from the Twenties and Thirties. I could have sworn that most of them were written by Cole Porter, but only one was. There was also one song from Rodgers and Hart, but anonymous songwriters from what was once known as Tin Pan Alley composed most others.
What was less fortunate was that all cast members, including the multi-talented Mr. Allen did all their own singing. And, with the possible exception of Drew Barrymore, not one of them seemed to be able to effectively carry a tune. It wasn't that they were off key so much as all their voices were incredibly thin. One expected them to crack under the strain on every line. There are a few numbers done by a standard Broadway type chorus that both work and are immensely funny.
As usual, Allen has his cast of thousands, headed by the likes of Julia Roberts, Goldie Hawn, Alan Alda, Edward Norton and Natalie Portman (in a very young, pre-Star Wars role). Particularly clever was the casting of Tim Roth as an ex-con, playing a role stolen whole from a Quentin Tarantino script.
The story has a sense of being a first draft of `The Royal Tennenbaums', although I confess it is not as good as this dark comedy.
Oddly, very few of Allen's usual subjects and themes make it into this movie. It seems as if he was committed to making the film as lighthearted as possible and he certainly succeeds in that. The danger is that unlike some of his other seriocomic family dramas such as `Crimes and Misdemeanors' and `Hannah and Her Sisters', this movie threatens to float away for lack of substance.
What is going for it mostly are the performances of actors who seem to really be enjoying themselves and the lovely scenery in Manhattan, Paris, and Venice, lovingly photographed by Carlo DiPalma.
This is a movie primarily for Woody Allen fans and Goldie Hawn fans. Fans of musicals will probably be disappointed. The best thing about it is that it succeeds in being funny.
- A surprisingly delightful film
I must admit I really did not think I would enjoy this film, as I am not really a big Woody Allen fan. However, it was a rainy Saturday afternoon, it was on television, and I was bored and sick. I was captivated from the get-go. The dancing and singing give this film an older-fashioned quality that you really can't find in films from recent years, (including the time this film was made) but it dealt with modern themes. I recommend this film to anyone who needs a chuckle, or who loves musicals....more info
- Very pleasant nostalgia-fest
It's difficult to know what to make of the modern musical, something that has suddenly become a whole lot more popular given the success of movies such as Moulin Rouge and Chicago. Everyone Says I Love You is a musical of a different kind, evoking the same style of the musicals of the 30's and 40's to produce a nostalgic look back not only at such movies but also at the way they treated love and comedy.
Allen plays a guy who can't find a suitable partner until his daughter's spying at the psychiatrist allows him to recreate all of Julia Roberts' fantasies. Alongside that we have his ex-wife's (Hawn) typically disfunctional family with daughter Barrymore leaving fianc¨¦ Norton for ex-con Roth whilst other daughter Portman is infatuated with a boy across town. All the while husband Alda is trying to keep a tight reign over his children's exploits. So basically there's plenty of room fo broad farcical comedy, most of which is very effectively done, although typically most of this comes from a sterling cast's excellent performances. Barrymore is as illuminous as ever when we see her choking on her own wedding ring. Norton adds another diverse role to his already formidable resum¨¦ of fantastic turns. Hawn, Alda and Allen play their respective parts to perfection, managing to subtly suggest the strains that children and work have on their personal lives whilst still portraying plenty of comedy. It's also more than interesting to see Natalie Portman in a role post-Leon but pre-Star Wars.
If this doesn't click quite as well as it maybe should it's probably because the musical has become such a spectacular event in recent years to make Allen's film virtually incomparable to something as passionate as Moulin Rouge. At the end of the day this is just a diversion, but it's a very pleasing diversion whilst it lasts and the cast really do fire on all cannons....more info
- Movie is great, but won't play on dvd
Love the movie, however the audio will not play on Pioneer 400-Series DVDs or my Pioneer DVL-919. One of the 500-Series players in a store was able to get the audio. Check it out before buying. If you like musicals, you'll probably enjoy this movie. Fun and interesting hearing this group of stars attempt to sing (except Drew Barrymore) - some are quite good....more info
- I loved this movie, it made me laugh so hard...
It is a musical, and it is not a musical. There are songs in the movie, but it is not distracting from the movie, and the songs do not take up too much time. The movie is hallarious. The first time I saw this movie I was laughing for days. There is a scene where the girl is in the kitchen of her fathers house, heartbroken, singing a song about how she is "done with love". In the middle of the song it switches from the upper class white teenager and her tears to a black rapper who uses some of the same lyrics, but delevers it in a completely different manner. I had beer comming out of my nose I laughed so hard. This is a must see!...more info
- No good deed goes unpunished
This lovely-to-look-at and amazing-to-listen-to film was a major departure from the typical angsty Allen film....and because of that, it's unappreciated....Amazingly, it's unavailable on DVD...I hope that changes soon!...more info
- Everyone, Including Me
In Woody Allen's film Everyone Says I Love You, one of the century's great filmmakers gets to make his own dream come true. Just take a listen to the soundtracks for Manhattan or Radio Days and you realize that all the Woodman's ever wanted to do was make a musical.
He's finally found a way. And by taking those timeless songs of Gershwin and Porter and placing them in the context of modern family life, Allen has created one of his most innovative comedies ever.
By its very nature, musicals showcase fabulous singers who are able to stop the world and belt out a tune. Not exactly in the realm of the possible. But by filling his scenery with non-singers, or actors who aren't known for their singing, Allen creates the possibility of song in everyday real life.
Take Holden (Edward Norton), for example. What he lacks in fashion sense, he makes up for in heart. When he goes to buy a rock for his lady love Skylar (Drew Barrymore), the jewelry store becomes a Gene Kelly musical, except Holden's no hoofer. He stumbles awkwardly through the dance number while the jewelry store employees play to the camera.
If it sounds fun, it is. But the two young lovebirds are but a minor diversion. Skylar's mom Steffi and husband Bob (Goldie Hawn and Alan Alda) are trying to keep their family together. Grandpa's gone daffy, their teenage son has up and joined the young Republican's (ick!), and Goldie's ex, Joe (Allen), is living in Paris and wooing an art historian (Julia Roberts).
Even the worst singing, that of Allen (a mouse squeak) and Roberts (can you say tone deaf?), works somehow. In Everyone Says I Love You the commonplace collides with the extraordinary in an alternate universe that's just this side of heaven....more info
- Spare Me
Allen's first all out 100% dud. Alas, not the last. The last ten years have shown a marked decline in Allen's interest in his own craft. The idea is to have a bunch of famous actors sing corny old romantic standards any time something romantic happens. Allen tries and fails to send up the romantic comedy and musicals genres in this irritating one-joke flop. Also, this is one of the few Allen movies where the acting is uniformly subpar. Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore and Edward Norton are just the most glaring of the nonactor filmstars herein. Be wary of Allen's movies where he packs the stars in with a shoehorn. Shows he knows the material is weak and he's overcompensating....more info
- One of Allen's All-Time Best
Rewatched "Everyone Says I love you" for the umpteenth time and it still manages to evoke a great sense of appreciation and enjoyment. This is truly Woody Allen at his late-stage/post-1990's best (along with "The Manhattan Murder Mystery" and "Curse of the Jade Scorpion") - impeccably interwined sub-plots showcasing a first-rate ensemble cast. While most viewers have voted the Captian Spalding's number as their personal favorite, my fave is the magical and superly choreographed song & dance by River Seine featuring Goldie Hawn as quite a dancer! Absolutely a must-have for not only Allen's fans but collectors of great musicals and movies alike! ...more info
- ONE OF WOODYS BEST
EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU. I can not believe I never saw this movie before. A musical comedy. It's now one of my favorite Woody pictures. Right up there with Love and Death, A Midsummer Nights Sex Comedy, Bloodhounds of Broadway, Manhattan and those other ones that I like. It was worth the price of admission just for the Hurray for Capt. Spaulding in FRENCH number ! Ooo LA LA . A party in Paris Xmas eve and EVERYONE as Groucho Marx. Woody Goldie Ed Drew ect... everyone EXCEPT for Allen Alda, how sweetly ironic that the man who did BAD Groucho imitations all thru MASH was sick in the hotel. NICE touch Woody....more info
- Who's the Crazy one?
Woody Allen plays an obsessed lover spying on Julia Roberts who is in therapy. I think Woody Allen's character is the one who really needs the therapy....more info
- Woody Allen loses his mind--to the audience's advantage
Watching "Everyone Says I Love You," it is possible to conclude that Woody Allen has gone insane--charmingly and endearingly, but completely, bonkers. A typical Allen-esque New York comedy of love and romance is given a special charge by turning the film into a musical; though Allen has often used classic jazz and show tunes effectively in his other works (especially the Gershwin score of "Manhattan" and the lovely big band tunes in "Hannah and Her Sisters"), this is his first full-out musical with actors bursting into song to (more or less) further the plot. Some, like an endearingly game Edward Norton, shine almost in spite of themselves; some, like Julia Roberts, try valiantly but still go down fighting. (Score at the final: Roberts 6, song 2, audience 0.) And some, like Goldie Hawn, positively glow given the chance to show off all of her formidable comedic, singing, and dancing gifts in one package again. Bits of the plot are cribbed from other Allen films (the romances are from "Manhattan," a thread involving a "reformed" criminal echoes "Take the Money and Run"), but the actors--especially Tim Roth as the aforementioned criminal--seem to be having a ball. When Norton and a never-dewier Drew Barrymore are loose in a springtime New York so enchanting that even the store window mannequins have to strike a special pose for them, you get a happy, fizzy glow. And when a set of dancing ghosts causes a conga line at a memorial service, all bets are off; Allen may have officially crossed over from neurotic to delusional, but this adorably addle-pated film is never less than endearing....more info
- Living in the midrange
This film has only one really funny scene in it. The "everyone sings" gag just doesn't work. Lucky for Allen he can keep doing a movie a year and lose money 80 per cent of the time. This one has an army of "names" in the cast, which is a growing trend in Woody's films. This one is a rental at best I think, particularly since it's $9 more than "Manhattan"....more info
- Satirical Musical
I taped this movie a couple of months ago and didn't watch it right away because I read that it was a musical. I wasn't coming up with any good images of Woody Allen doing song and dance. Boredom prompted me to take a look and I liked what I saw.
The plot of the movie is standard Woody Allen; Relationships and their discontents. Whether drama or comedy, Woody does these very well and this movie is no exception. There is a particular farcical relationship that involves an ex-con that is hilarious. However, what makes this Woody Allen movie stand on its' own is the song and dance routines. The cast is not, to my knowledge, known for their musical talent but they all do a good to very good job. Check that; Woody's singing in the lone (thankfully) song he sang was dreadful. Apparently he knew this as well because he politely sang in a whisper. Three numbers in particular stood out for me. The best was a hospital scene that broke into a chorus of "Makin Whoopee". The dancing of the patients (in various states of immobility and/or injury) was a great spoof of song and dance routines. The funeral home was the scene of "It's later than you Think" preformed, if you will, as a spiritual. The final number worth citing was the Groucho ensemble dancing to "Hooray for Captain Spaulding". Someone put a LOT of time into the choreography for these numbers.
Woody has amazed me before on several occassions so I'm stingy with my "5 Star" ratings when it comes to his movies. "Everyone Says I Love You" doesn't quite reach that level but it's only a notch below. ...more info
Awesome baby! I prefer this movie over "Sweet and Lowdown" Any day!...more info
- i cannot speak english...
but it is very funny! i love it...more info
- 3 stars out of 4
The Bottom Line:
The singing angle doesn't always work, but Everyone Says I Love You is an enjoyable (if slight) comedy by Allen that will probably put a smile on your face, if not make you laugh uproariously. ...more info
- This movie shows why Woody Allen is a cinema genuis!
Woody Allen is a Genuis. This movie was Released theatrically in the USA Christmas Day December 25, 1996 when musicals were not popular...But woody Allen had the moxy to do a musical when they weren't in and he did it well.
This movie is set in Manhattan and Paris. It shows all the seasons of New york and Paris. But the winter season of the movie is the most incredible parts of the film. This is one of the things i love about mr. allen he uses new york and his surroundings and shows them in a incredible way.
This movie centers around various members of a madcap Manhattan wealthy- very high society, democratic family, who attempts by turns to find romance. Allen returns to his improvisational comic vein, reportedly springing the musical numbers on his nonmusical stars--only Barrymore was dubbed--shortly before production began.
In this film, director Woody Allen mixes song-and-dance with his usual array of neurotic, upscale New Yorkers suffering romantic woes.
Allen's character's daughter DJ-(Natasha Lyonne) is the narrator telling stories about her crazy, multi-layered extended family and their love lives.
Her family includes :
her step-father Bob -(Alan Alda)
her mother Steffi-(Goldie Hawn)
her sister Skylar-(Drew Barrymore),
her sister's fiance Holden-(Edward Norton)
her brother scott (Lukas Haas)
her half sister laura-(Natalie Portman)
ex-convict James Ferry-(Tim Roth)
and the object of her father's obsession Von-(Julia Roberts).
While the impending wedding of young lovers Holden and Skylar is the centerpiece of the film, we also get to know various members of Skylar's family -- and their dysfunctional love lives.
Sklyar( Barrymore) and Holden (Norton) are to get married but things are soon shaken by the fact that her mother invites a just released convict by the name of James Ferry ( Roth) skylar falls for mr. perry and decides to call off the wedding.
that's when the hijinxs begin. But will Skylar choose Holden or Perry ?
Woody allen's character Joe is also in love with Von(Julia Roberts) who just so happens to attend therapy session with Joe's daughter Dj's step sister's friend's mother dj knows everything
about Von and tutors her father about her likes and dislikes.
Laura (portman) on ther hand is competing with her best friend(Gaby hoffman) for the heart of a rich teenage boy.
DJ(Lyonne) while evryone is looking for love for DJ love comes to her and she falls in love with numerous of men thru out this movie...a italian artist, a man she shares a cab with, a man dressed as one of the marxs brothers at a party.
The only person in the film who isn't in love is lukas haas who plays alan alda's son scott they are sort of butting heads with each other cause they can't see eye to eye cause his father is democrat and scott is a republican.
The characters often express their feelings through
such classic tunes as "Just You, Just Me" and "My Baby Just Cares for Me,", " If I had you" making this one of the more unique movies in Allen's oeuvre.
Everyone in the movie looks for love in all the wrong places- whether it be in the form of a criminal or neurotic married woman. Three of the best characters is the grandfather- both before and after he dies and the ex convict James Perry- Tim Roth who has a very good singing voice, and drew barrymore who plays a virginal very proper woman ( something we haven't seen drew play) but she shines in this movie.
The cast really makes this movie special. Allen has made a extraordinary modern musical that still has the old-fashion feel to it, a diffucult thing to do in this day and age.
I give it *****5 Stars! and two thumbs way up!...more info
Another whimsical Woody Allen. This time, he trots out another of his semi plot-less epics set in and around upper-crust Manhattan where everybody's lives are perpetually under threat of not being happy enough. Joe (Allen) loved but divorced Steffi (Goldie Hawn). Steffi re-married Bob, here played by Alan Alda as another of the guys who is either stealing or has stolen love from Woody's alter ego (he nabbed Mia Farrow in "Crimes and Misdemeanors" and remained a wife-grasping presence in "Manhattan Murder Mystery"). This time, Allen's on better terms with his extended and disrupted family, which treats him much as the favorite, if befuddled Uncle. The teenage children of this privileged family conspire with their like-privileged and private-school-educated friends to find love for Allen's pathetic Joe. Quickly, they settle on Julia Roberts, who receives psychotherapy from the mother of one of these conspirators. Having an inner window into Roberts' characters' deepest desires allows Joe a romantic opportunity he can't turn down. Meanwhile, Steffi's eldest daughter, Skylar (Drew Barrymore) is engaged to the ernest and loving, if boring Holden (Ed Burns). Although they share love, Skylar can't help looking elsewhere. Meanwhile, Skylar's brother, Scott (Lukas Haas) has suddenly developed into a prudish, right-wing conservative, countering the typically left-wing attitudes of just about everybody else in the surrounding parsec of upper Manhattan. The efforts of Bob and Steffi to make themselves better liberals by rehabilitating a convicted criminal throw their family into comedic chaos when that criminal is revealed to be played by Tim Roth.
Oh yeah, this is also the Woody Allen movie where everybody sings. Much of the music is clearly patterned on Allen's love for old films and musicals, and tilts to the whimsical. The plot is light, but the characters are game. Because there's little more story than the interactions and duets of the characters, the film is somewhat open-ended. Still, the film is something of a love song for Manhattan as seen through children (who keep things rolling with their romantic plotting). The film ends with Hawn and Allen dancing along the Seine - Steffi flying through the air because the laws of gravity have been suspended for her as they have been for the plot....more info