August 25, 2011 Rejected Book Plot #147
New York I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down
In Woody Allen’s 48th directorial showing comes a look at one man and his unashamed love for New York and women old enough to be his step-daughter (Hey-Oh!). Woody plays a man much like himself- genius, dry, witty- the typical Woody (Annie Hall Woody not Antz Woody). Scarlett plays a woman with deep-rooted daddy issues (Is it just me or does Woody make her a good actress and everything else she’s in kind of blows?). When they come together magic ensues.
George (Allen) is a failing playwright with three ex-wives and one last shot to make it in the city so nice they named it twice. Helen (Johansson) is a wanna be actress who gets casts in George’s latest fiasco. Can George and Helen take Broadway by storm or will this be just another disappointing write up on Page 6? As the two work together to make the play a hit, they fall for each other despite being in separate, age-appropriate relationships. When the line of professionalism and personalism blur can the audience believe Helen would ever fall for an old man like George no matter how genius he is?
New York I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down is another in a long line of Woody Allen films in which he is too old to land the leading lady but that is so brilliantly written that I will see it no matter how unbelievable I find it.