Deconstructing Harry (1997)

WOODY ALLEN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1997.  Sweetland Films, Jean Doumanian Productions.  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1997.  

 

Billy Crystal, Elisabeth Shue and Woody Allen in Deconstructing Harry.

plays a popular scribe with writer’s block who spends two days re-examining his life and his past (bad) relationships, using his stories as his guide.  Mr. Dalloway it sure ain’t, nor is it among Allen’s best work, and some dire fans might be put off by the constant harsh language and the switch from Allen’s usual bittersweet tone to a much angrier one.  The casting of famous Hollywood actors as characters in his stories ( being a standout among these) is entertaining, with other favourites including as one of Allen’s neurotic ex-wives,  as a wisecracking prostitute and  as Allen’s religiously fanatic but compassionate and wise half-sister.

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