Monday, January 23, 2012

Radio Days (1987)

Synopsis: Woody Allen fondly remembers those wonderful, golden years of the Great Depression and the Second World War.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “An excellent ensemble cast populates Woody Allen’s highly imaginative remembrance of the bygone era when radio reigned supreme.”

What Did I Learn?: Even as a little kid, Woody Allen was a dirty old man.

Really?: 1) I had a good deal of trouble believing that young Joe could grow up without the slightest idea that his father drives a cab. 2) How many burglars would answer a phone call in a targeted house, let alone win prizes for their victims by participating in a quiz show?

Rating: Radio Days is a warm and funny series of character-driven vignettes (there isn’t much of a plot to this semi-autobiographical film) about a nice family in Rockaway and the radio shows they enjoy. It’s a good movie, but Woody Allen clearly made Radio Days more for himself than for the public, so it sometimes feels a bit self-indulgent. (BTW: the protagonist is played by a very young Seth Green) 8/10 stars.

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