Anything Else

September 19th, 2003


Anything Else

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A contemporary romantic comedy set in New York city about the relationship between an older guy and his younger protege. The older guy guides the younger through a messy and hilarious love story.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 6.3/10 (15,851 voted)

Critic's Score: 43/100

Director: Woody Allen

Stars: Woody Allen, Jason Biggs, Christina Ricci

In medias res: narrator Jerry Falk, a fledgling comedy writer with an inept agent, is about to celebrate an anniversary with his girlfriend Amanda. There's trouble in paradise: she's late (and has already eaten), she's been uninterested in sex for months, and her quixotic mother is moving in with them. Jerry looks back to meeting Amanda and dumping Brooke. A constant is his friendship with another wannabe comedy writer, a 60 year old teacher named David, prone to long walks and advice filled talks. As Amanda and Jerry's relationship founders and her mom's noisy presence makes writing difficult for him, he and David plan something different. Wouldn't anything else be better?

Woody Allen - David Dobel
Jason Biggs - Jerry Falk
Fisher Stevens - Manager
Anthony Arkin - Pip's Comic
Danny DeVito - Harvey Wexler
Christina Ricci - Amanda Chase
KaDee Strickland - Brooke
Jimmy Fallon - Bob
Diana Krall - Herself
William Hill - Psychiatrist
Stockard Channing - Paula Chase
Maurice Sonnenberg - Movie Theater Patron
Kenneth Edelson - Hotel Desk Clerk
David Conrad - Dr. Phil Reed
Joseph Lyle Taylor - Bill

Taglines: In any relationship, one person always does the heavy lifting


Official Website: Bac Films [France] | Official site [Spain] |

Release Date: 19 September 2003

Filming Locations: Astoria, Queens, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $1,673,125 (USA) (21 September 2003) (1033 Screens)

Gross: $3,203,044 (USA) (12 October 2003)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

This is loosely based on Woody Allen's experiences of being a young comedy writer, he married young, and met an older man who taught him a lot about life, comedy, philosophy, and was institutionalized.

Factual errors: Jerry Falk refers to a baked cannoli when in fact cannoli shells are deep fried not baked. Perhaps, Woody Allen was thinking of cannelloni.

[first lines]
David Dobel: You know, there's great wisdom in jokes, Falk, really. There's an old joke about a prizefighter who's in the ring, and he's getting killed, he's getting his brains beat out; and his mother's in the audience, and she's watching him getting beaten up in the ring...

User Review

Some reviews are so predictable

Rating: 10/10

The predictability of the reviews on this database is hilarious. Every Woody Allen film gets...'it's not as good as Annie Hall'. Over and over and over again. As though Woody Allen has committed a heinous crime in making a supposedly lesser film. Just as every Martin Scorsese film gets a run of 'It's not Raging Bull or Goodfellas'. Over and over and over again. I think that sometimes people sit down intent on wallowing in gloom, specifically to compare a film negatively with a director or actor's previous works. Probably the sort of irritating people who go back to the same place on holiday every year and complain that it was cheaper last year, much more fun and friendly and the place has become too commercialised.

Quite frankly I don't care if Anything Else is as good as Annie Hall. I loved it. From start to finish I laughed out loud at the fantastic dialogue, and unlike others I thought the acting was superb. Having heard next to nothing about it on release, this was one of the most unexpectedly funny, heart warming and intelligent films I have seen for some time.


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