Bananas

1971

Bananas (1971)

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The sharply satirical, uneven and often bizarre Bananas comes from Woody Allen's zany period and tells the story of New York nebbish Fielding Mellish (Allen) who ends up El Presidente of San Marcos, a tiny war-torn Central American banana republic after he falls in love with a radical political activist (Louise Lasser) who is more interested in making revolution than love.

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (4)

It is a funny picture - not too consistently, and certainly not too coherently, but when it hits, it hits.

Mar 18, 2010 | Full Review…

Bananas is chockfull of sight gags, one-liners and swiftly executed unnecessary excursions into vulgarity whose humor for the most part can't make up for content.

Sep 4, 2008 | Full Review…
Variety
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Wonderfully incoherent.

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Allen's view of the world is fraught with everything except pathos, and it's a view I happen to find very funny.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Rapid-fire gags and some inspired one-liners qualify this as an early classic from Allen.

May 10, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

One of the early, funny films that a more mature Allen would dismiss later in his career, but nevertheless worth seeing again and again.

May 10, 2013 | Full Review…

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½

At one point, Woody Allen's character says to Louise Lasser's: "I fail to see the humor of this," which is exactly how I felt watching this terribly unfunny comedy that is more like random scenes and sketches sloppily put together - some of them so irritating they are nearly unbearable.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

Before Woody Allen shifted into serious character dramedies with his revolutionary film "Annie Hall" he made satires and screwball comedies like this one. Over the edge hilarious and completely absurd, "Bananas" is one of the best political satires of the seventies. Playing off of the South American revolutions of the time, and their cyclical nature, Allen stars as a nebbish version of himself who tries to be politically relevant just to get laid. Screwball in its entirety, the film speaks on the complications of foreign policy while also being absolutely ridiculous and funny. If you love the likes of Mel Brooks or the Zucker Brothers, this is going to be a film you will fall for easily.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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woody's second feature as a director is very clever, very funny. i laughed a lot, and as usual the dialogue was witty and entertaining. i felt that the film lost a lot of steam by the end, which says a lot considering the movie is already very short, but it is entertaining and really uses its ideas well, especially the opening assassination sequence.

danny d
danny d

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A surrealist political comedy, Woody Allen's Bananas is entertaining and gonna make you laugh a lot. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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