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The 100




Everyone Says I Love You
(1996)
Reviewed by Chris Bjuland
Rating: 2 Beans

his lighthearted musical comedy is a lovely torturous delight at 101 minutes. The story of Joe (Woody Allen), a man in search of a woman who won't dump him is contrasted against the (mostly) happy lives of everyone around him. Played out in typical Hollywood/Broadway fashion, it's a song and dance spectacular. Only there is no show-stopping musical number, the songs are forgettable and the characters are as deep as an undug well.

While the plight of Joe is the main story element (and told by his daughter, DJ), there are numerous sub-stories to keep us rivited and entertained. There is the tragedy of Bob, who married Joe's ex-wife, as he gets sick on Christmas Eve in Paris. There is the mental confusion of Skylar (Drew Barrymoore) as she nips out and is torn between her stable fiance Holden (Edward Norton II) and hard ex-con murderer Charles Ferry (Tim Roth). The love triangle between sisters Lane and Laura (Gabby Hoffman and Natalie Portman) and some guy who's name I can't remember is dramatically filmed on the beach in teen-agnst bikikis and on the streets in pale blue school uniforms.

You have to remember that these people are all rich. They want for nothing except someone to love them. And isn't that what we all want, even if real life doesn't contain a soundtrack?






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