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Deconstructing Harry

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Released 1997

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Deconstructing Harry

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Director:
Woody Allen
Released:
1997
Rating:
R
Deconstructing Harry is a comedic satirical film directed by Woody Allen that focuses on Harry Block (Woody Allen), a successful writer whose penchant for drawing his stories from the inspiration of his real life ends up causing major rifts amongst his friends. Harry's life seems to have turned upside down. His latest young girlfriend Fay (Elisabeth Shue) left him for his best friend Larry (Bill Crystal). A former affair (Judy Davis) threatened him at gunpoint for having used their story in his latest novel just as his ex-wife Joan (Kirstie Alley) is refusing to let him to take their son (Eric Lloyd) on a trip to his old university; and it seems each person he meets has an issue with him and his writing. As he takes the trip anyway with his kidnapped son, a prostitute (Hazelle Goodman), and his ailing old friend Richard (Bob Balaban), Harry's decisions and feelings on each situation all play out with his fictional characters appearing before his eyes. Deconstructing Harry is considered a reimagining of Allen's earlier film, Stardust Memories, as well as a nod to Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries.moreless

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  • 90

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    This poisonous, brazenly autobiographical comedy shows off the best of Mr. Allen's misanthropic humor.

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A bravura act of self-revelation, its vivid portrait of one man's fears, fantasies and neuroses uses a mixture of reality, imagination and comedy to create one of the writer-direct...

  • 80

    Variety David Stratton

    A tremendous, stellar cast is mostly confined to minor roles, but all shine under Allen's assured direction.

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