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Broadway Therapy

Broadway Therapy

USA/Deutschland 2014 - mit Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Rhys Ifans, Jennifer Aniston, Kathryn Hahn, Will Forte ...

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Originaltitel:She`s funny that way
Regie:Peter Bogdanovitch
Produktionsland:USA/Deutschland 2014
Laufzeit:Ca. 94 min.
FSK:From 0 years
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Izzy (Imogen Poots) would love to be an actress. But so far she has been waiting in vain for the big breakthrough. Therefore the beautiful Brooklyn girl as Ecort lady has to secure her financial survival. But when she is booked by the charming Broadway director Arnold (Owen Wilson), this chapter of her life could soon be a thing of the past. After a really pleasant night, he gives her $30,000 so that she can make her dreams come true. Said, done: Izzy quits as an escort girl and takes part in an audition for a Broadway play. Too bad that the director is just Arnold, whose wife Delta (Kathryn Hahn) will also play the leading role. But that's not all: Joshua (Will Forte), the author of the play, is immediately enchanted by Izzy and very obviously makes the court of her. But he's in a relationship with Jane (Jennifer Aniston), who is Izzy's psychotherapist of all people. And this is only the beginning of the turbulent emotional chaos that will befall all those involved in the next few days and turn many a life upside down...

1972 director Peter Bogdanovitch delivered one of the classics of screwball comedy with "Is was, Doc? The comedy with Barbra Streisand and Ryan O`Neal still works wonderfully today. Now, 43 years later, Bogdanovitch again tries his hand at the actually extinct genre. "Broadway Therapy" has the right ingredients to work well: a turbulent story with countless entanglements and mistakes, a great, cheerful cast and a lot of wonderfully over-excited slapstick. In addition, the production is filled with a nostalgic charm, which should be well received by viewers of the 40+ generation. And fans of "Is was, Doc?" can be happy that two supporting actors are also here again.

It's really fun to watch the confused romantic and neurotic hustle and bustle of the characters. Jennifer Aniston is a wonderful biting psychotherapist who needs therapy more than most of her patients, while Imogen Poots is simply charming to fall in love with. Will Forte ("Nebraska") is perfect as a shy scriptwriter and Rhys Ifans as a (self)in love actor is a real joy to behold. Owen Wilson doesn't really surprise, as his portrayal is very reminiscent of the one from "Moonlight Mile" - although that's really nothing negative.

Despite all these positive aspects, at the end of the film there remains the feeling that the movie somehow seems to be a little bit too hard. The timing is good in itself, but it simply lacks the certain lightness that "Is was, Doc?" has distinguished. The actors' play, the dialogues, the gags - all this is fun, but somehow it seems artificial and not as "real" as it was forty years ago. As a result, some scenes seem a bit overwinding and annoying, especially towards the end, which tarnishes the movie's fun factor a bit. Especially those viewers, who can't do much with old school humor, won't be very enthusiastic about such moments.

Beyond that "Broadway Therapy" is a really nice, even if harmless fun with a lot of engaging flair and wonderfully good-humored actors. Even if not every punch line is right and sometimes it gets a bit too turbulent, it is almost impossible not to sit here with a permanent smile in the cinema. A delightfully old-fashioned pleasure that lovers of classic screwball comedy should not miss. Worth seeing

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