'She's Funny That Way'
Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Rhys Ifans
A decade after he ventured forth from his self-imposed seclusion with 'The Cat's Meow' veteran filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich( 'The Last picture Show', 'Paper Moon', 'What's Up Doc?') attempts a comeback with 'She's Funny That Way'- a screwball comedy that has some of his trademark touches but misses out on freshness and bite.
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Not so much a memorable outing, this film has a bunch of friends playing getting sexually close and inter-personal without the others finding out. The actors appear to be enjoying themselves but for the viewer it's not that happy an occasion. Bogdanovich assembles together a series of riffs from some of his favorite movies while his cast gets fancy and showy in that all get out way one would expect at a party.
A hooker Izzy(Imogen Poots) beds a Broadway Director Arnold Albertson(Owen Wilson) setting off a series of oft-kilter moves that involve several forgettable characters. The story winds back four years, to tell us about Albert's and popular actor Seth Gilbert (Rhys Ifans)'s irredeemably addiction to call girls. After a wonderful night of sex with Izzy, Arnold gets charitable, offering her 30 thousand dollars with a condition that she must change her career to focus on her dream job- that of becoming an actress. A few days down the line, they meet again, this time at an audition for a play. Arnold's wife Delta is unaware of Arnold's bed-hopping shenanigans but she in turn has her own secret liaison with Seth. Needless to say everyone's got the hots for Izzy including a dirty Judge, Pandergast and neurotic and judgemental therapist, Dr Jane Clermont(Jennifer Aniston)'s quiet unassuming husband playwright Josh(Will Forte). With so many intersextions along the crazy go around was to be expected.
The situations thereof are whacky enough but the humor is a little too obvious and mitigating. There's no originality in the screenplay either. Clichés abound while cloaked rambunctiousness can only keep you tickled for a brief while.
Neither intimate nor empathy driven, the characters exists merely as a shell to showcase famous names. Talented performers like Kathryn Hahn, Jennifer Aniston, Lucy Punch, Owen Wilson have precious little to do other than look good and shower their starry glow on the production. Imogen Poots is hopelessly miscast. She just doesn't manage to get her act right-either in accent or dramatic heft. Hers is a performance so vacuous it's just insufferable.