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   HANNAH AND HER SISTERS (1986) 

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CAST
Michael Caine
Barbara Hershey
Mia Farrow
Dianne Wiest
Woody Allen
Carrie Fisher
Maureen O'Sullivan
Lloyd Nolan
Max von Sydow
John Turturro

DIRECTED BY
Woody Allen

PURCHASE


DVD




Time: 103 mins.
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy/Romance/Drama

Won Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Caine), Supporting Actress (Wiest) and Original Screenplay. Nominations for Best Art Direction, Director, Film Editing and Best Picture.


SYNOPSIS: Between two Thanksgivings, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.

BOTTOM LINE: I've just never been able to understand the allure of Woody Allen's work. Maybe if he didn't act in his own films I would like them more, but he's always the same neurotic New Yorker who somehow manages to win the beautiful girl. Don't buy it and at least for me, it's getting a little tiresome. The only reason I chose to finally watch this movie was the rest of the cast and it's critical acclaim. It's an interesting tale about three sisters and their romantic woes, but I found myself more bored than entertained. Mainly because I just couldn't relate to any of these women... except for the boozing, outspoken mother. They are all passive, obsessive, needy creatures that just didn't inspire my solidarity.

Caine, as the husband who cheats on his loving wife (Farrow) with her artsy sister (Hershey), is the most interesting character in the movie, but he's also a despicable pig, so that doesn't really leave you with anyone to actually care about. Also had a hard time relating to a woman who would deliberately cause her sister so much pain. There are plenty of fish in the sea, especially in New York, without sleeping with your brother-in-law. I know if happens, but I don't have to like it.

After much angst and turmoil, the sisters each manage to find the perfect man for them, which is nice, but by then I didn't really care. The film is well-written and has some unique and amusing moments, but there are just too many characters to get wrapped up in any one story. Woody himself garners the most laughs as he searches for the meaning of life. Like New York itself, this film is a fun place to visit, it's just not a place I'd want to live for long.




"I can only hope that she was mine! With you as her mother, her father could be anybody in Actor's Equity!"

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