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Take the Money and Run

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Generous laughs in satirical early Woody Allen escapade.

Movie PG 1969 85 minutes
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It's funny, even if the loose storyline just sort of stops in the end. Word is that the original script was such a disorganized bag of sketches that Allen's collaborators invented the wonderful fake-documentary framework as the only way to pull it together. TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN was technically Woody Allen's first feature (he had previously orchestrated What's Up Tiger Lily?, a cinematic prank in which he rewrote all the dubbed dialog for an entire Japanese spy thriller to make it a goof about a secret-formula egg-salad recipe). The filmmaker had already established himself as a self-deprecating stand-up comic with a hilarious hangdog persona, and this plugs the popular comedian Allen and his sense of misfit absurdity and helplessness into a deadpan crime drama.

Crook biopics had cracked the 1960s box-office thanks to the ultraviolent Bonnie and Clyde, and Allen here mocks the Hollywood attitude dictating a big-screen robber has to be a matinee idol like Warren Beatty or James Cagney; Virgil's a stumblebum nebbish who can't even work in a prison laundry without accidents (Allen's slapstick physical humor is on-target throughout).

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