Saturday, 28 May 2016

Everyone Says I Love You (1996)

Genre

Comedy | Musical | Romance

Director


Country

USA

Cast

Woody Allen, Alan Alda, Drew Barrymore, Lukas Haas, Goldie Hawn, Gaby Hoffmann, Natasha Lyonne, Edward Norton, Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Tim Roth, David Ogden Stiers, Itzhak Perlman, John Griffin, Patrick Cranshaw, Billy Crudup, Robert Knepper, Scotty Bloch, Isiah Whitlock, Kevin Hagan, Navah Perlman, Waltrudis Buck, Liv Tyler, Christy Carlson Romano, Frank Pietri, Andrea Piedimonte

Storyline

A New York girl (Natasha Lyonne) sets her father (Woody Allen) up with a beautiful woman (Julia Roberts) in a troubled marriage while her step sister (Drew Barrymore) gets engaged.

Opinion

How do you make the same film over and over again without people getting bored? You make it into a musical which is basically what Woody Allen did with "Everyone Says I Love You", pretty much the typical comedy of his that manages to be entertaining - and to be remembered - because of the music.

Allen draws us into this light comedy without many pretentions. The plot isn't anything special, just a lot of love-related stories tied together by family connections, but it's a wonderfully funny kind of story, and even though none of the stories have any great significance, they are made charming with some beautiful songs and dance numbers that sometimes seem to parody old musicals.

"Everyone Says I Love You" certainly isn't "Annie Hall" or "Manhattan", but it still has a typical , obvious Allen theme: getting everything you ever wanted but realizing that doesn't make you happy and therefore wanting to go back to the life you previously had.

The music and singing is great. Itzhak Perlman's violin music is wonderful, but the actors as well show great singing skills, and the acting performances are good overall - and it was wonderful to see Edward Norton, Natalie Portman and Tim Roth all in the same film.

Just like most of Allen's films, the comical situations are a must, as well as the neurotic characters that I have come to love. 

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