Woody Allen: Everyone Says I Love You

(USA, 1996, 101 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
CAST Edward Norton, Drew Barrymore, Alan Alda, Goldie Hawn, Julia Roberts, Woody Allen, Natalie Portman, Tim Roth, Natasha Lyonne, Gaby Hoffmann, Lukas Haas


Edward Norton and Drew Barrymore stroll hand in hand around a fountain, then burst into a deliciously sloppy rendition of ’Just You, Just Me’, and immediately we’re right into it, and you can’t imagine why it’s taken Woody Allen so long to get round to reviving the musical.

Romantic, nostalgic and decadent as Fred Astaire, this might as well be an old movie, for all its relevance to here and now. The plot - a frippery about the affairs of an extended upper-class family - transports us from Manhattan to Venice and Paris, a sneak preview of the itchy foot Allen would indulge over the next decade. Yet unlike some of the cosmopolitan films that followed this one never feels cynical or self-serving; indeed, it feels like the work of a younger, more open-hearted man. The musical standards are beautifully orchestrated, staged with wit and invention, and enthusiastically performed, particularly by Norton, Tim Roth and Goldie Hawn, three stand-outs in a charming, sweet-natured divertissement. Enjoy yourself (it’s later than you think).

"A delightful and witty compendium of the film maker’s favorite things." Janet Maslin, New York Times

"It would take a heart of stone to resist this movie." Roger Ebert