Film Fridays: Baseless Canards
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Film Fridays: Baseless Canards

melinda-ferrell.gifWe’re apprehensive to even broach the subject of late period Woody Allen, but we up and saw Melinda and Melinda last night, and lived to tell the tale. What’s more, we giggled. Frequently. Sure, some of the giggles derived from glaringly silly detours into Woodywords, like when the hack actor (hacktor?) played angrily by Johnny Lee Miller calls something a ‘baseless canard.’ Or when the same charactor invites a grade 12 student over to his house for an acting session, and we had flashbacks of that awful Mariel Hemingway character in Manhattan. But all in all, both Melinda tales (the film is spliced into two stories – one comic, one tragic) are modestly amusing, as is the combined comedic force of Will Ferrell and Steve Carrell playing nerdy straight men in a Woody Allen caper.
Are there inconsistencies? Yes. For example, Amanda Peet’s character, a commercial production manager, wears spike heels to stand on her feet all day.
Are there too many characters who wear preppy clothes? But of course, and all is not right in the world when it’s Chloe Sevigny who is wearing them. We don’t like it when she forsakes leg warmers and a mini-skirt.
Should you see it? Well, Allen may die soon, and do you really want to remember Small Time Crooks, Hollywood Ending, Anything Else or Curse of the Jade Scorpion as his last work? Goodness no. And at least Melinda and Melinda doesn’t have Jason Biggs in it.

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