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Anything Else

MPA Rating: R-Rating (MPA) for a scene of drug use and some sexual references.
Moral Rating: not reviewed
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Primary Audience: Adults
Genre: Comedy and Romance
Length: 1 hr. 48 min.
Year of Release: 2003
USA Release:
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Featuring Woody Allen, Jason Biggs, Stockard Channing, Glenn Close, Danny DeVito
Director Woody Allen
Producer Letty Aronson
Distributor: Dreamworks. Trademark logo.
DreamWorks Pictures
, aka DreamWorks Studios, a production label of Amblin Partners

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: Jason Biggs (“American Pie,” “American Wedding”) and Christina Ricci (“The Opposite of Sex,” “Sleepy Hollow”) pair up in the romantic comedy “Anything Else.”

Jason Biggs stars as Jerry Falk, an aspiring writer in New York, who falls in love at first sight with a free-spirited young woman named Amanda (Christina Ricci). Jerry has heard the phrase that life is like “anything else,” but he soon finds that life with the unpredictable Amanda isn’t like anything else at all.

The comedy also stars Oscar(r) nominee and Emmy winner Stockard Channing (“Six Degrees of Separation,” TV’s “The West Wing”), Danny DeVito and Jimmy Fallon.

“Anything Else” is written and directed by Woody Allen and produced by Letty Aronson, with Helen Robin serving as co-producer. Stephen Tenenbaum is the executive producer, and Jack Rollins and Charles H. Joffe are the co-executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar(r)-nominated director of photography Darius Khondji (“Evita”), three-time Academy Award(r)-nominated production designer Santo Loquasto (“Zelig,” “Radio Days,” “Bullets Over Broadway”), editor Alisa Lepselter, and costume designer Laura Jean Shannon.

Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Negative—Movie about a young nihilistic writer (Biggs), and his atheist life coach (Woody Allen), and a girlfriend, for whom he leave another girl for, which can have sexual intercourse with anyone except him. Vengeance is glorified as courage with positive remarks from the young about, after Dobel broke all glasses of a car in a rage, because two guys stole his parking. Also, isn’t it strange that a movie with an atheist worldview uses the word “God” eleven times, “Jesus” four times, “Christ” two times and that a character shouts “Jesus-Christ” once? We see the true atheist nature of Woody Allen in this movie. Very offensive!
My Ratings: [Very Offensive/2]
Eric, age 24
Movie Critics
…a test of patience …It’s asking a lot of audiences to spend nearly two hours with characters as screen-unfriendly as the ones played by Biggs and Ricci, …Their misery, however, isn’t tempered by laughs…
Mike Clark, USA Today
…It boasts some of the meanest, most elegant sexual humor and cruelest, funniest topical gags since Billy Wilder’s heyday… It’s an uncomfortable movie to watch
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
…there is nothing to set this work apart from any number of mediocre Allen films. …With few positive personality attributes to counter all the negative ones, it has become increasingly difficult to muster much sympathy or even interest in any of his characters…
Jean Oppenheimer, The Hollywood Reporter
…Many instances of sexually related dialogue are present (including talk of affairs, orgasm and masturbation)… Sex/Nudity: Heavy | Profanity: Moderate | Violence: Mild…
…atheistic world view, several sexual encounters, crude humor, and bad language and profanity…
Preview Family Movie and TV Review
…Woody’s newest offering is merely a pale shadow of what once was…
Michael Elliott, Movie Parables
…There’s little nudity, but there are several explicit conversations about sex. …A man describes an erotic fantasy, and two men talk about masturbation.” (etc.)