Cinema: Advice to the Loveworn

PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM

Directed by HERBERT ROSS

Screenplay by WOODY ALLEN

The joke here, as frequently with Woody Allen, is Woody and women. It remains a fairly fertile field of inquiry. But although there are some random laughs in Play It Again, Sam, there are also signs of strain and thinness. Allen's tilting matches with the opposite sex, for all their manic frenzy, are becoming mechanical and familiar. Sam isn't the only one who plays it again.

The source of the somewhat dispirited fun is Allen's play of the same title: standard long-running Broadway...

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