Ben Oliver

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Play It Again, Sam

I wonder if she actually had an orgasm in the two years we were married, or did she fake it that night?
07 June 2021

A neurotic man (Woody Allen) is left reeling when his wife leaves him. Two friends of his try to set him up on various dates. Obsessed with movies, he is surprised to find himself in his own version of Casablanca.

Not Woody Allen’s most inspired screenplay, perhaps. However, Play It Again, Sam made me laugh more than most of his work does. It’s surprisingly sharp and comes at you from different angles, catching you off-guard with a shape-shifting sense of humour.

Short and sweet, this is a good film for Allen lovers and haters alike.