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Crimes and Misdemeanors

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dark Woody Allen comedy-drama about adultery, murder.

Movie PG-13 1989 104 minutes
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The writing, editing, and seamless storytelling make this one of Woody Allen's best films. Few others would think to showcase the human tendency to compare different degrees of immorality through comedy. Two intersecting stories loosely weave together. The one about adultery and murder is riveting. In comparison, the one featuring Allen as an unrealistic documentary maker who longs for an unattainable woman seems a bit slapstick in its comic effort to lighten the darkness. Yet the comedy may, in fact, be a stroke of directorial genius, making the murder story more palatable than it would be on its own. Note that the era of the cinematic antihero probably ended with the worldwide economic downturn, thus no longer affording the privileged, whiny stock characters Allen usually plays their former likability.

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