“This is a movie I gotta remember for the Kevin Bacon game: Woody Allen, Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore, Natasha Lyonne, Alan Alda, Gaby Hoffman, Tim, Roth, Goldie Hawn, Natalie Portman, Lukas Haas, and of course, Edward Norton. When I first watched this, I remember it being the first Woody Allen film I actually enjoyed. I’m sure I’ve said this before but I knew someone in high school who was to Woody Allen what I am to Quentin Tarantino. He subjected me to many of his films and I never really liked them. But then I watched this one out of my own free will, but why I mean I was still on my quest to see all of Edward Norton’s work.
This was just before I started to get into musical theatre, so I think I still found the musical set up kinda strange. Certainly something I have more of an appreciation for now. Actually watching this now, and after IMDB trivia told me that Edward Norton was asked to sing a little less good (Woody Allen wanted very real sounding voices) I kinda wanna see him in a legit musical. That’d be kind of amazing.
Here he plays the love-ably doofy, Holden, which is prolly his sweetest performance. It’s also a side we haven’t seen as much in recent years, but it looks absolutely adorable on him as a young’un.
But yeah this movie def has a very Woody Allen vibe, plus jazz hands!! Which I certainly have a new appreciation for that I didnt have ten years ago.”