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She's Funny That Way

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Screwball comedy about prostitute aims for farce but misses.

Movie R 2015 93 minutes
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SHE'S FUNNY THAT WAY is a great movie masquerading as a mediocre one. It should have been funnier than it is, given its bona fides: Peter Bogdanovich in the director's chair, and a fine cast that includes Wilson, Hahn, Ifans, Forte, Poots, and Aniston. But somehow, the parts don't add up to a princely sum. Wilson's Arnold is reminiscent of his daydreaming writer in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, but has little of the previous character's charm. Aniston, while perfect in timing, seems out of place. And Poots makes a hearty attempt, but her Izzy (not to mention her accent) doesn't persuade.

Most important, this screwball comedy lacks the energy and quick pace (including rat-tat-tat dialogue delivery), that the genre demands. Though it's entertaining enough, watch the movie for what might have been, not what it is.

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