A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)
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It's funny and sweet in spots, though the light moments get lost in the haze of imitation and ambitiousness.
A pleasant disappointment, pleasant because he gets all the laughs he goes for in a visually charming, sweetly paced picture, a disappointment because he doesn't go for more.
There doesn't seem to be a driving idea behind it, a confident tone to give us the sure notion that Allen knows what he wants to do here.
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Not Woody Allen's best - rather witty, but a little on the dull side.
Andrew: He's a wonderful guy and a terrific doctor. Never lost a patient. Got a couple of them pregnant, but never lost one.†
"Six characters in search for love."
Halfway through this movie, I didn't believe there was any way I was going to like it at all. I did, however, warm up to it, but still just couldn't find myself really liking the movie. The cinematography was beautiful, the performances were strong, but I didn't like the movie. For having the word Comedy in its title, it sure wasn't that comedic.
The characters were extremely wacky and that lead to an extremely wacky and annoying ending. Woody Allen plays Woody Allen as an inventor. †Mary Steenburger is her usual annoying self, but she does give a good performance by her standards. The others were all good, but I didn't find myself liking any of the characters, which is weird for a Woody Allen movie because I normally like the women characters in his movies.
This falls towards the lower half of Allen's movies, when it comes to quality. His movies are really hit and miss for me. I've loved a lot of his movies and I've disliked many of them. Some of them just seem like he couldn't think of anything else, so he made a short little comedy just so he could get his movie out for that year. He's obviously a great director with movies like Hannah and Her Sisters and Manhattan, but sometimes I wonder how I've ever liked a movie from him when I see one like this. Then I go watch Hannah and Her Sisters over again and he's a god of filmmaking once again.
More or less Woody Allen playing himself in a Bergman film. Good for a few laughs, far from him best, far from his worst.
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy Quotes
|Andrew:||Sex alleviates tension. Love causes it.|
|Andrew:||Sex alleviates tension and love causes it.|
|Adrian:||Why does a beautiful day like today give me such a sad feeling?|
|Maxwell:||Did you not know that I've had my eyes set on you these last two weeks?|
|Dulcy:||I've only been working here for five days.|
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