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A fun romantic comedy with lots of plot twists and plenty of humor, as a young couple comes to NYC for a weekend that becomes anything but what they expected. Elle Fanning is charming as the enthusiastic and slightly clueless Ashleigh, a budding journalist excited about a once-in-a-lifetime interview opportunity. I was less enthused by the character of her boyfriend, Gatsby, portrayed by Timothee Chalamet. His character didn't ring true for me. He just didn't come across as believable with the lines he is given: dialogue that seemed way too old for him and pretentious. I could picture Woody Allen delivering the lines himself and I think that was the issue: lines more suitable for an older, more jaded man. That being said, Chalamet did the best with what he was given and I was usually able to roll with it and enjoyed the rest of the movie.
For fun, I am not reading the other people's reviews before I write this.
I definitely enjoyed this film. It is not a very deep film, but it touched on being true to yourself, opening yourself up to your potential - although this has a heavy touch of irony!
The actors were all quite good, although the material isn't very deep, so it was not likely a great challenge.
I had difficulty believing in the mother of Gatsby - the scene in which she reveals her shocking true past is a little too surreal. She doesn't seem like a mother to me. Pretty over the top?
I have some difficulty believing that Gatsby can fall out of love with Ashleigh and in love with Selena Gomez' character in such a short period of time, especially as I can't really find myself seeing where or how he really starts to fall in love with Selena' character..........
And is Gatsby the character's given name?? Why? How is this character the same as Jay Gatsby in F Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby"? I find myself looking for depth in the story that isn't actually there, but oh well. It's fun.
This movie has a good cast, but I was starting to snooze while watching this. The plot doesn't keep you on the edge of your seat that's for sure. It IS romantic with a classic Woody Allen-type soundtrack in the background. This Woody Allen film gives me déjà-vu: I didn't feel it was anything original from him.
Nothing new here -- a rom-com set in NYC with neurotic characters and a ton of witty dialog. Not "Annie Hall" or "Deconstructing Harry," but a lot of fun nonetheless.
As a bonus, Woody apparently thinks Scottsdale is part of Tucson: one of the characters is supposedly from Tucson, but was "miss congeniality" at Scottsdale High. Yeesh!
Light but fun. Recommended.
I couldn't watch this - it was as if Woody Allen wrote it for himself & Dianne Keaton - and these actors are doing their impressions of how Woody & Dianne would make this movie - directed by Woody Allan. Ugh. I didn't even bother fast forwarding to see how this shitty movie ends.
Woody Allens last few films have flopped with me. We found this disappointing and unnecessarily filled with drug usage and tawdry sex scenes. He should not need to dumb down his talent, unless of course he wants to.
My wife and I were really looking forward to this movie. Instead, we couldn't stomach more than 15 minutes of this utter drivel. A beautiful college girl reporter from a small college gets a once in a lifetime opportunity to interview a famous celebrity and can't think of a single question to ask him. So she asks her lamebrain pseudo sophisticate boyfriend what questions she should ask. His only suggestion is to ask him which of two obscure authors inspired his love life. When she finally gets to the interview, she never asks a question, but instead, lets the celebrity interview HER. After way too much of that nonsense, he asks this reporter if she wants a scoop. EVERY reporter wants a scoop. But Woody Allen put these amazingly stupid words into her mouth: "A scoop of what?" When he tells her his big news story, she doesn't seem the least bit interested, or even understand the magnitude of what he was telling her.
There were a number of other insanely worthless lines and scenes up to this point, but that sort of sealed the deal that this movie stinks to high heaven. Nothing redeeming whatsoever.