Anything Else (2003)



Critic Consensus: Too many elements from better Woody Allen films are being recycled here.

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Jerry Falk is an aspiring writer in New York, who falls in love at first sight with a free-spirited young woman named Amanda. Jerry has heard the phrase that life is like "anything else," but he soon finds that life with the unpredictable Amanda isn't like anything else at all.
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Jason Biggs
as Jerry Falk
Woody Allen
as David Dobel
Danny DeVito
as Harvey
David Conrad
as Dr. Reed
William Hill
as Psychiatrist
Diana Krall
as Herself
Fisher Stevens
as Manager
Adrian Grenier
as Ray Polito
Anthony Arkin
as Pip's Comic
Maurice Sonnenberg
as Movie Theater Patron
Kenneth Edelson
as Hotel Desk Clerk
Ray Garvey
as Car Thug
Ralph Pope
as Cab Driver
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Critic Reviews for Anything Else

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (37)

None of this adds up to much of a movie; it's more like a filmed hodgepodge of not-fully- thought-out ideas and one-liners and small shards of jaundiced polemic.

Full Review… | October 16, 2003
New York Observer
Top Critic

Curiously, Jason Biggs and Christina Ricci come out better than I imagined after being compelled to play out the movie's sadomasochistic tag line.

Full Review… | October 9, 2003
New York Observer
Top Critic

I didn't laugh once.

Full Review… | September 27, 2003
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Who knows what sense an American Pie-digging, Woodman-ignorant undergrad might make of the canned rhythms, the trilobite-era one-liners, the awkward declarative dialogue, the Catskills-resort frames of reference, the freshman philosophy.

September 23, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

There is nothing to set this work apart from any number of mediocre Allen films.

September 21, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

There's a lot of truth in the screenplay, and, combined with Ricci's top-notch, can't-take-your- eyes-off-her-when- she's-on-screen performance, this gives the movie a strong spine.

Full Review… | September 20, 2003
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Anything Else

This wasn't very good. The story was bleah and the actors didn't seem to put out performances at all. I didn't care what happened to any of these people halfway through.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

I dislike movies about seasoned pros imparting advice to wide-eyed proteges. In terms of Woody's oeuvre, there was too much didacticism and not enough heart...

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

it was kind of eerie to see american pie jason biggs emulate woody allen so accurately. christina ricci was uneven but she's completely gorgeous and i can understand why jason biggs is obsessed with her. evokes classic woody allen humor and falters at times but generally it's all good fun. i wouldn't consider it one of the better woody allen films but this is a movie where woody is thoroughly comfortable with his style and i think, in the later years, creates some variations. i want to hurt people who are all annie hall BLAH BLAH this and that. allen's not going to make another annie hall, but his style has always be the same. get over yourselves! all allen films are inherently the same and different.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

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