New Line/1997/96m/ANA,WS 1.85.FS1.33
| Many felt this was a film that harked back
to the best of Woody Allen, but it seemed to me that it was the grossest example of
Allen's fascination with himself. Deconstructing Harry is like an extended session
on the couch for the actor/writer/director with audience serving as a therapeutic conduit.
The clever elements to the film don't take the sting out of this sixtyish actor's unrelenting lament about his sexual problems. Weaving between characters representing aspects of the main character's personality with different actors serving as his alter ego is a clever device, albeit somewhat confusing until you get the hang of Allen's angst alleviator.
As usual, Allen has recruited a host of
well-known actors to form an ensemble army in support of his vision. From Robin Williams
to Demi Moore to Kirstie Alley and Elisabeth Shue, the Allen magnet draws actors. The film
is well photographed with high level production values.
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