EIFF 2015: She's Funny That Way

Film Review by Jamie Dunn | 19 Jun 2015
Film title: She's Funny That Way
Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Starring: Imogen Poots, Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Austin Pendleton, Rhys Ifans, Kathryn Hahn, Will Forte
Release date: 26 Jun
Certificate: 12A

Peter Bogdanovich’s movies come marinaded in his love of Hollywood's Golden Age. In this dizzy soufflé he’s channelling Lubitsch, Sturges and Hawks. Like them, he creates an off-kilter comic world that’s hermitically sealed but airy. The setting is New York, but it’s the New York of the movies, a city of eight million where everyone's connected by a single degree of separation.

The outlandish plot takes the form of intertwined romantic imbroglios centred around Brooklyn call girl Izzy (Poots). A theatre director with a Pretty Woman-complex (Wilson) has just given her 30 grand to give up turning tricks and pursue acting. This sends her number one John (Austin Pendleton) into meltdown. A belligerent therapist (Jennifer Aniston), her put-upon playwright husband (Will Forte) and the world’s most conspicuous private-eye (George Morfogen) pile on the comic complications. Like the 40s screwballs it pinches from, it's daft and often hilarious – particularly angry Aniston. What's missing, however, is the romance; the heat. We're left with a delicious and frothy cappuccino, but without any of the espresso hit. [Jamie Dunn]

She's Funny That Way is release 26 Jun by Lionsgate and screens at EIFF 2015:

19 June, 6pm, Filmhouse

20 June, 3.50pm, Cineworld