Parents' Guide to

Annie Hall

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Classic comedy about relationships has mature themes.

Movie PG 1977 99 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

The best part about this film is Keaton's portrayal and her fashion

I am not a fan of Allen. This film has all of the trappings of Allen that I dislike, basically his neurosis front and center and on display for everyone to fawn over. I don't find it very funny, nor do I find his work generous or insightful. The two stars are both for Diane Keaton, who is irrepressible as Hall...and her fashion...yep...it's stellar.
age 16+

Stupidest movie ever!

TONS of sex and sex talk drugs drinking language.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (9 ):

This skillfully crafted film beat out the original Star Wars for the Best Picture Oscar. Do a thousand martyred Obi-Wan Kenobi action figures cry out for revenge? No, because ANNIE HALL really is a masterwork and an even more impressive one when you consider it didn't trigger a flood of Lucas-esque copycats (except in a fad for Annie Hall-inspired mismatched-wardrobe ensembles). Woody Allen's sophisticated take on relationships is lively and fleet enough (complete with an animated interlude that parodies Disney) to amuse adolescents in particular. Doubtless, though, it would be PG-13 -- a rating that did not exist in 1977 -- were it to appear today.

Woody Allen's long career has had different stages. Around the time Annie Hall was made, Allen was transitioning from broad, slapstick-heavy spoofs such as Sleeper and Bananas toward more personal, introspective comedies and dramas. Annie Hall may not have giant chickens or silly robot costumes, but it retains a plethora of one-liners and hilarious, attention-getting narrative devices, such as flashbacks that allow the adult Woody to sit in on his elementary-school days and argue Freud with the exasperated kids in his old homeroom. As a moralist, Allen -- too obviously -- has few solutions. But he asks many pointed questions. In one of a series of person-on-the-street interviews Alvy asks a couple who are content with each other what their secret is. They declare that they're shallow and stupid.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 7, 1977
  • On DVD or streaming: March 7, 2000
  • Cast: Carol Kane , Diane Keaton , Woody Allen
  • Director: Woody Allen
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: MGM/UA
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 99 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG
  • MPAA explanation: sexual situations and discussions, mature themes, drug use, mild expletives
  • Last updated: November 28, 2023

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