She's Funny That Way is a screwball comedy featuring the interconnected personal lives of the cast and crew of a Broadway production. When established director Arnold Albertson (Owen Wilson) casts his call girl-turned-actress Isabella "Izzy" Patterson (Imogen Poots) in a new play to star alongside his wife Delta (Kathryn Hahn) and her ex-lover Seth Gilbert (Rhys Ifans), a zany love tangle forms with hilarious twists. Jennifer Aniston plays Izzy's therapist Jane, who is consumed with her own failing relationship with Arnold's playwright Joshua Fleet (Will Forte), who is also developing a crush on Izzy.Wikipedia
She's Funny That Way Reviews
Wilson is repetitive and tiresome, Poots grossly inadequate, Hahn again underused, the dialogues flat and the punch-lines absent.
One of the breeziest romps of the year, She’s Funny That Way marks the big-screen directorial comeback of the Hollywood historian-critic Peter Bogdanovich. Blending his own comic sensibilities with a touch of Ernst Lubitsch, the old-school maestro whose final completed film Cluny Brown (1946) provides the inspiration for a running gag involving squirrels and nuts, this is Bogdanovich’s valentine to the classic screwball comedies of the 1930s and ’40s.
As Bogdanovich takes us for a carousel trip after 13 years, it is heartening to lay back and let the frothy amusing chaos entertain you.
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.
This film is not your typical romcom and that sets it apart. Watch it to see a contemporary screwball comedy from a master of many.
Peter Bogdanovich’s romantic situational comedy is a blend of the conversational sparkle mastered by Woody Allen, the texture of Wes Anderson’s quirky characterization and a throwback to the Hollywood films of the 1930s and 1940s. She’s Funny That Way is similar to Bogdanovich’s earlier works, like Noises Off and Paper Moon, in its theatricality.