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Everyone Says I Love You (1996)

Cast: Alan Alda, Alan Alda, Edward Norton, more...
Director: Woody Allen, Woody Allen
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Studio: Miramax
Genre: Comedies, Romantic Comedy, Dysfunctional Families, Musicals
Running Time: 101 min.
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Featuring a soundtrack filled with beloved "standard" songs such as "Just You, Just Me" and "My Baby Just Cares for Me," this musical comedy by Woody Allen concerns a polite and comfortably well-off group of people and their romantic difficulties. DJ (Natasha Lyonne), who narrates the picture, is the daughter of divorced couple Steffi (Goldie Hawn) and Joe (Woody Allen). Since the break-up, Steffi has married Bob (Alan Alda); their children, DJ's half-sister and half-brother, are Skyler (Drew Barrymore) and Scott (Lukas Haas). Skyler is about to be married to a likeable chap named Holden (Edward Norton). However, her mother Steffi, a wealthy liberal, cultivates people as "projects." Her latest project is ex-con Charles (Tim Roth), an extremely rude and crude customer. At family gatherings, everyone politely ignores his lapses in manners and good taste until Skyler postpones her wedding to have an affair with him. In a parallel storyline, we see that DJ is convinced that her unremarried dad would find a perfect mate in Von (Julia Roberts), and she contrives an elaborate (and successful) scheme to bring them together. In a fashion typical of '30s musicals, this movie completely transcends its fluffy story, using a cavalcade of ballads to send the characters on a chaotic, romantic merry-go-round from New York to Paris. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Gloriously Impossible by dwhudson March 22, 2002 - 2:04 AM PST
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
As a Woody Allen fan, I'm naturally glad that he manages to pump out a movie a year. On the other hand, though, it's a shame that that constant, clockwork production keeps knocking minor little gems like this one off the map.

Not only would no one ever say, "Everybody Says I Love Youis my favorite Woody Allen movie," but a lot of people, fans included, might forget he ever made it. If I had to recite the man's filmography, I'd be a dozen or so titles into the list before I even remembered this one.

But, as Andrew Sarris once wrote of Manhattan, the movie that finally changed his verdict on Woody Allen, "'Swonderful." What a lovely, absurd juxtaposition: Allen's nervous realism of surfaces and minor neuroses slapped up against the raw emotional exposure of a good old-fashioned musical number. It's no coincidence that when these non-singers (Allen included!) break out into song, they're almost always alone.

Oh, and then there's Venice, probably Allen's second-favorite city in the world. The perfect setting for him to take Goldie Hawn's hand and do something utterly yet gloriously impossible with her.

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