She's Funny That Way

She's Funny That Way

Peter Bogdanovich (2014)

89min
12A Certificate
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Review

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Veteran writer/director Peter Bogdanovich looks to the screwball comedies of the 1930s and 40s for inspiration in the tale of rising starlet Izzy (Imogen Poots) and neurotic director Albert (Owen Wilson) who makes the mistake of bedding her. In fact the story is scattered much wider and spread a lot thinner than that, to include Kathryn Hahn as Albert's wife, who is acting alongside Izzy in Albert's latest Broadway show, a typically louche Rhys Ifans as the co-star who is in love with Hahn and Jennifer Aniston, who could be in another movie entirely, playing the crotchety therapist whose husband (Will Forte) penned the play and has a crush on Izzy. Aniston is also treating Izzy, in one of many plot contrivances that are supposed to give the film an air of period farce, but which, in the context of modern-day New York, fall flat. The dialogue is often witty but when the characters are drawn in such rough strokes (Poots is especially broad with her Brookyln accent), it is impossible to invest in the overcomplicated dilemmas they're faced with. Viewers are more likely to find this funny in the sense of strange.

Summary

A married Broadway director pays for the attentions of a prostitute. His life is made very complicated indeed when she turns up at the auditions for his latest production and wins not only his heart, but that of the playwright as well. Comedy, starring Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Imogen Poots and Joanna Lumley.

Cast & Crew

Arnold Abertson Owen Wilson
Isabella Patterson / "Izzy" / "Glowstick" Imogen Poots
Jane Claremont Jennifer Aniston
Delta Simmons Kathryn Hahn
Joshua Fleet Will Forte
Seth Gilbert Rhys Ifans
Kandi Lucy Punch
Vivian Claremont Joanna Lumley
Nettie Finkelstein Cybill Shepherd
Judy Illeana Douglas
Al Finkelstein Richard Lewis
Judge Prendergast Austin Pendleton
Miriam Tovah Feldshuh
Quentin Tarantino Quentin Tarantino
Director Peter Bogdanovich
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: Swearing, sexual references.Released on: 26 Jun 2015
Comedy