Play It Again, Sam (1972) - Comedy, Romance

Hohum Score

8

Engaging

A neurotic film critic obsessed with the movie Casablanca (1942) attempts to get over his wife leaving him by dating again with the help of a married couple and his illusory idol, Humphrey Bogart.

IMDB: 7.6
Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton
Length: 85 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 9 out of 90 found boring (10%)

One-line Reviews (35)

Allen plays his usual nebbish character, this time a film critic named Allan Felix, whose free-spirit wife leaves him for being a boring observer of life.

The slapstick is tedious and the scenes in which Bogart encourages Alan to seduce Linda do not work.

Allen's real talent is his ability at voicing humorous perceptions of life in pithy terms and applying it to the most mundane social activity in real affective ways.

I detest slapstick and even as a child I could never understand why an audience laughed when people got poked in the eye (the unspeakable Three Stooges), fell down (the mawkish, tiresome Charlie Chaplin), or ran into and destroyed things (the ineffable Ritz Brothers).

In San Francisco, the neurotic, awkward and clumsy film critic Allan (Woody Allen) that is a fan of "Casablanca" is left by his wife Nancy (Susan Anspach) that is tired of their boring life.

It's a fascinating idea and maybe one for the romantic in all of us, possibly too "old school" for the average viewer who is more sophisticated than one in the 70s.

When Woody asks the stunning gal if she wants to dance and she says get lost creep and his answer to Linda is she'd rather not has to crack up any one who ever saw this movie.

She looks stunning and her performance is excellently natural.

Allen has stuffed his screenplay with one-liners and repetitive jokes that tend to run together, some making an impact and all the rest bombing out.

The positive aspects are mostly the decision not to allow Keaton and Allen to walk into the sunset together though God knows Tony Roberts was all but shouting to her 'give yourself a break and leave me; I'm dull, boring and predictable and probably scooping dog doo of the pavement is higher in my priorities than you'.

A Lesser, But Still Enjoyable, Woody Allen Film .

The Bogey-ghost friend is very entertaining, giving absurd advice to Allan.

On the whole, this is an intelligent, entertaining and hilarious movie from one of cinema's best comedians.

Being only 85 minutes long Play it again Sam is one easiest watches ,and just nice at ease enjoyable craft to take you where ever it pleases.

While I like the extreme silliness of these earlier starring films, I also see this as a welcome change and his most personally engaging film--it really has a lot of heart.

While they do indeed do that they are in addition important characters, real, deep, interesting, believable, relevant, and engrossing.

I watched this movie shortly after watching "Annie Hall" and I enjoyed it a bit more than the more celebrated later movie.

Much of the humour is improvised, and on several occasions Ross' camera catches the unscripted cracking-up of characters as they laugh at Woody's unexpected, improvised antics.

But I found it fast, funny and very entertaining.

The characters are likable and the story is highly engaging and entertaining.

That can be so subjective, melancholic and boring movie about ending up in a nightmare.

Before his films became too self-indulgent and self-aware, Woody Allen used to infuse a bumbling sweetness into his roles that even cynics were hard pressed not to relate to.

Being so much alike, I get bored by them.

This is Nancy, Allan's ex-wife speaking, and such a fascinatingly intriguing line that it totally distracted me from the break-up, the belittling comments on Allan's sexual merits, and all the pathos plunging Allan in the seminal state that forged the legend of Allen's characters, hence the merely disguised similitude between the two names.

Tedious slapstick .

Herbert Ross directed, with Librium-slow changes in tempo (the movie pokes along from low-keyed slapstick to dazed romantic comedy).

A little slow at first, but once I got into this movie I really enjoyed it.

His jokes and mannerism were still fresh and entertaining.

What makes the predictable premise unique is the way Allen celebrates classic movies, mainly Warner Brothers melodramas, and has the characters reenact famous scenes to move the story along.

Not always hilarious, and with a couple of cheesy, even dated duds, but it's worth the watch for anyone interested in getting into the star/writer's films.

Between them the banter is both lively and engaging.

Most enjoyable.

But you laugh a lot watching this film, a nice vehicle for Woody's observational humor and for seeing the game of love played in its most ineptly enjoyable form.

Very enjoyable and well crafted.

Woody's fantasy conversations with "Bogart" were especially enjoyable, and lead to some of the funnier lines/scenes in the movie.