Starring: Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll, Ken Stott, Paul Schneider, Jeannie Berlin
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Story: Romantic comedy written and directed by Woody Allen, set in the 1930’s the story centers on, Bobby (Jesse Eisenberg), a young man who arrives in Hollywood hoping to work in the film industry. Whilst there, he falls in love, and finds himself swept up in the vibrant café society that defined the spirit of the age.
Verdict: Woody Allens offers here a dark comedy with superficial characters where the story feels generic yet at the same time is a beautiful period piece. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart have a good chemistry and it’s well acted, but there’s nothing compelling about the story to make it feel like a classic Woody Allen movie. However there’s some great Woody Allen comedy peppered throughout it which makes it worth a watch.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 19)
Phil Stern: I’m expecting a call from Ginger Rogers, she’s not happy with her representation, so, who knows.
[on the phone]
Rose Dorfman: Phil, it’s Rose.
Phil Stern: Rose?
Rose Dorfman: Your sister. My son, he’s coming to Hollywood.
Rose Dorfman: The man eats with Fred Astaire and Gary Cooper.
Marty Dorfman: I’m impressed.
[talking on the phone as Bobby is sat in his office]
Phil Stern: Yeah, hi, Paul. Yeah, it’s a mess down there. Adolphe Menjou is threatening to walk off the picture. I’ll give you the details at Jack’s Friday. You’ll be at the poker game, right? Okay, we’ll talk then. Yeah. Yeah, I’m tied up right now. Great.
[he hangs up the phone]
Phil Stern: You can’t believe the last couple of weeks. Oh, Christ, man, it’s all about ego. This whole town runs on ego.
Bobby: Yeah, I’m Bobby. Ben is my brother though, so it’s understandable.
Phil Stern: So what the hell, what can I do for you?
[suddenly Vonnie’s voice buzzes through]
Vonnie: RKO calling.
Phil Stern: Hold on.
[Phil picks up the phone]
Phil Stern: Hello? Oh, Jesus, what?
[he pauses as he listens for a moment]
Phil Stern: Absolutely. Yes. Lunch on Friday at The Brown Derby. Yeah, and bring Harry because I agree Joel McCrea would be perfect to play the lead.
[he pauses again as he listens]
Phil Stern: Absolutely. See you Friday, and don’t disappoint me by cancelling because of some cockamamie excuse.
Phil Stern: Vonnie, this is my nephew Bobby.
Phil Stern: Two time Academy Award winner.
Bobby: Wow, congratulations.
Hollywood Writer: Thank you. You’ve never heard of me, I’m a writer.
[over the phone]
Ben Dorfman: Hey, pal, you bored already?
Bobby: I’m kind of half bored, half fascinated.
Bobby: [to Vonnie] My brother Ben owns a nightclub; he’s asked me to help him run it.
[takes out a wad of cash]
Ben Dorfman: Here, good pancakes. Buy yourself a hat.
[Rose takes the money]
Rose Dorfman: What’s this? Fifteen hundred dollars?
Ben Dorfman: Well, I’ve been in a Florida a few days.
Rose Dorfman: I don’t want this money if it came from anything fishy.
Ben Dorfman: My partner and I may be buying a nightclub, would it make you feel better if I was in the nightclub business?
Rose Dorfman: As long as all above board.
Marty Dorfman: When will you know?
Ben Dorfman: Well we have to see if the owner’s going to sell. We’re trying to persuade him.
[we his men throw a guy into a hole in the ground about to be cemented over]
Ben Dorfman: If you ask politely, people listen
[as his men throw a guy into a hole in the ground about to be cemented over]
Ben Dorfman: If you ask politely, people listen.
Bobby: Are there more beautiful girls in Hollywood or New York?
Rad: Why, is that how you’ll decide where you’ll live?
Bobby: You’re very beautiful.
Vonnie: Uh, I don’t think that’s a very good idea actually.
Vonnie: I’m seeing someone.
Bobby: Oh, I didn’t, what’s he like?
Vonnie: Doug is a journalist.
Bobby: Oh, I just thought since you had such free time on your hands.
Vonnie: He travels a lot, and I really like spending my time with you, I hope that’s okay. You know, you’re very sweet. Have you ever heard that before? You have this deer in the headlights quality.
Bobby: Thank you. Well, if I was your boyfriend I would not travel, or if I did I would take you with me. I hope he knows how to kiss you and all the rest.
Vonnie: That’s between us.
Party Guest: [to Bobby] Unrequired love kills more people in the year than tuberculosis.
Candy: Don’t you want to try me?
Bobby: Listen, I’m so lonely I would have been happy just to talk, but now I’m even too tired for that.
Bobby: You like jazz music?
Veronica: I do in the morning.
Bobby: At anytime in the morning.
Party Guest: Love is not rational. You fall in love, you lose control.
Rose Dorfman: [to her husband] No answer is also an answer!
Night Club Guest: Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” But the examined one is no bargain.
Bobby: Life is a comedy written by a sadistic comedy writer.
Total Quotes: 19