Play It Again, Sam (1972)

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A neurotic film critic with an obsession with Humphrey Bogart is divorced by his wife and so spends all of his time with friends who unsuccessfully try to set him up with a variety of women.

A long, long time ago – we’re talking geological time scales here – before he became a morally suspect and unbearably pretentious narcissist, Woody Allen was a very funny man. Play It Again, Sam is easily his most charming and funny film in my opinion, using the simple premise of a terminally self-conscious guy who has to come to terms with the ups and downs of the dating scene while comparing the celluloid image of “masculinity” with its realities. Its genuinely witty script is full of really nicely observed comedy and very funny one liners and always makes me wonder how it all went wrong.

I really enjoyed this film and considering my personal loathing of the man, that’s quite a statement.

7/10

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