Fifth about The Seventh

Play It Again, Sam

Play It Again, Sam: in many ways, Herbert Ross’ romantic comedy is a typical entry to the genre’s annals, but it’s tempered by the love of films in general (and, of course, one in particular) and the fact it’s based on a play by Woody Allen. Allen mastered the bumbling, insecure type, and he is great with the witty one-liners. The problem, however, is that the character is just not charming enough, also hard to root for; that crashes down the foundation of the genre, making this a short movie that feels very long. Diane Keaton is lovely as his best friend, as neurotic as he is; Tony Roberts is good as the neglectful husband in love with his phone service; Jerry Lacy makes a credible Bogart impersonation.

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