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Anything Else

Released: 2003

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 1 hr 48 min

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Woody Allen

Starring: Woody Allen, Jason Biggs, Fisher Stevens, Anthony Arkin, Danny DeVito, Christina Ricci

A young romantic takes questionable advice from a much older mentor.

Perfectly pleasant.

Review by: MiamiMovieCritic

Added: 7 years ago

I’m writing this on the opening day of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. In feverish anticipation of finally getting to see that, I’ve been browsing through some related materials online today. I came across a cool YouTube video in which Tarantino discusses the best movies that have come out since he started making movies himself in 1992. Here they are (the first one is listed in order of preference, while the rest are listed alphabetically)…

Battle Royale

Anything Else

Audition

Tsui Hark's The Blade

Boogie Nights

Dazed & Confused

Dogville

Fight Club

Friday

The Host

The Insider

Joint Security Area

Lost In Translation

The Matrix

Memories of Murder

Supercop (Police Story 3)

Shaun of the Dead

Speed

Team America: World Police

Unbreakable

My first thought is: “Friday”, really? My second thought is: By “Anything Else” do you mean that Woody Allen movie I saw when I was in grad school, the one with Jason Biggs and Christina Ricci? You do? WTF?!

Don’t get me wrong, the film is perfectly pleasant. But it’s also completely forgettable fluff. Just in terms of Woody Allen films released since 1992, I’d say it falls way behind Husbands and Wives, Bullets Over Broadway, Deconstructing Harry, Match Point and Vicky Cristina Barcelona. But to say Anything Else is one of the top twenty films of the last two decades is truly something else. Unfortunately, Tarantino doesn’t explain himself in the video. Maybe he’ll elaborate on this surprising choice in future interviews.