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These themes of blocked-up libido, cross-generational romance and existentialist neuroses have all been covered in previous films of Allen's, which makes his latest seem destined to fade into the background of his crowded oeuvre like so many others.
An amusing and skewed situation played for laughs even though the horror of murder is real. It's fun watching Abe sneak around the Main Street in pursuit of his rejuvenating compulsion, shot wide to underline the ridiculousness of it all.
Admittedly, this does run out of steam in the second half but the film channels Dostoevsky amusingly, has echoes of both Michael Douglas's Wonder Boys and Allen's own Crimes And Misdemeanours -- and saves up a neat twist for the end.
As is often the case with Allen's narratives, the morality issues at work here reflect what seems to be the director's own conviction -- that conventional standards of good and evil should not be imposed on brilliant people like Abe... or himself.