She's Funny That Way (2015)



Critic Consensus: She's Funny That Way is an affectionate, talent-filled throwback to screwball comedies of old -- which makes it even more frustrating that the laughs are disappointingly few and far between.

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From renowned director Peter Bogdanovich, SHE'S FUNNY THAT WAY is a screwball comedy featuring the interconnected personal lives of the cast and crew of a Broadway production. When established director Arnold Albertson (Owen Wilson) casts his call girl-turned-actress Isabella "Izzy" Patterson (Imogen Poots) in a new play to star alongside his wife Delta (Kathryn Hahn) and her ex-lover Seth Gilbert (Rhys Ifans), a zany love tangle forms with hilarious twists. Jennifer Aniston plays Izzy's therapist Jane, who is consumed with her own failing relationship with Arnold's playwright Joshua Fleet (Will Forte), who is also developing a crush on Izzy. (C) Lionsgate
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Imogen Poots
as Izzy Beatty
Kathryn Hahn
as Delta Simmons
Rhys Ifans
as Seth Gilbert
Owen Wilson
as Arnold Albertson
Joanna Lumley
as Vivian Claremont
Lucy Punch
as Kandi
Brian Donahue
as Wrestling Spectator #1
Nell Schaap
as Wrestling Spectator #2
Nur Khan
as Wrestler #1
Chazz Menendez
as Wrestler #2
Polly Adams
as Delta's Mother
Peter Cormican
as Delta's Father
Michael Shannon
as Macy's Policeman
Richard Lewis
as Al Finkelstein
Austin Pendleton
as Judge Pendergast
Tovah Feldshuh
as Miriam Pendergast
Will Forte
as Joshua Fleet
George Morfogen
as Harold Fleet
Debi Mazar
as Vickie
Besnik Shabani
as Limo Driver
Albert Jones
as Bernie's Secretary
Ren Croney
as Frankie
Poppy Delevingne
as Macy's Greeter
Megan Rosen
as Seth Fan
Dimitri Dimitrov
as Maitre'd
Jennifer Aniston
as Jane Claremont
Graydon Carter
as Limo Driver
Jake Hoffman
as Hotel Bellboy
Ahna O'Reilly
as Elizabeth
Jake Lucas
as David Albertson
Sydney Lucas
as Josie Albertson
Melanie Hill
as Hotel Receptionist
Nicole Kohut
as Auditioning Girl #1
Bergen Loren Sanderford
as Auditioning Girl #2
Tatum O'Neal
as Waitress
Scott Campbell
as Hotel Guest #1
Erin Heatherton
as Hotel Guest #2
Cybill Shepherd
as Nettie Finkelstein
David Francis Calderazzo
as Bernie's Floor Manager
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Critic Reviews for She's Funny That Way

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (23)

The actors do their best with a hit-and-miss screenplay.

August 27, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The giggly men's-magazine tone, especially in Bogdanovich's treatment of call girls, makes the movie seem weirdly anachronistic.

Full Review… | August 27, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The whole movie is tantrums and meltdowns and pitiful nostalgia... And yet every once in a while, something funny will happen.

Full Review… | August 26, 2015
Top Critic

She's Funny That Way often displays an old-school generosity and polish, and at least one breakout performance - but just as often, its moments of inspiration are tempered by miscasting and shrill attempts at humor.

Full Review… | August 23, 2015
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Too many times the characters in this movie sprint across the line separating quirky charm from know-somethingish affectation, and then stay on the wrong side of it.

Full Review… | August 21, 2015
Top Critic

So hopelessly nostalgic about the madcap fizz and fury of screwball pictures, it never works up a head of steam as a funny, in-this-moment comedy on its own.

Full Review… | August 20, 2015
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for She's Funny That Way


A sweet but louche playwright gifts young call girls with generous nest eggs to encourage them to stop hooking, but when one such ingénue gets cast in his play starring his wife, the show nearly goes dark. Peter Bogdanovich's philosophical romantic comedy is reminiscent of Woody Allen's show biz fables - full of mistaken identities, magical realism, and a star-making turn from real-life ingénue Imogen Poots. Her lurchy walk is so awkward yet purposeful.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


She's Funny That Way is a farcical comedy that delivers some good laughs. The film follows a rising young actress named Izzy Patterson who tells the story of how a chance meeting with a play producer turned into her big break. Starring Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Jennifer Aniston, and Rhys Ifans, the casting is pretty good, and they do quite well with this style of board comedy. Still, some of the jokes don't land and there are a few too many characters. Also, the frame story of the actress being interviewed seems rather contrived. Yet despite being somewhat clunky and disjointed, She's Funny That Way is entertaining and kind of fun.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


Didn't expect a whole lot, but this wasn't bad. It isn't the greatest movie ever, but it's an entertaining enough hour and a half. It felt very like a Woody Allen movie to me in its delivery and theme. Jennifer Aniston is the bitchiest I've ever seen her. Very amusing. Imogene Poots is also quite engaging as the call girl turned actress. Owen Wilson, sleazy as ever. I am immune to him, I don't see his appeal at all.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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