Thursday, August 21, 2014

Don't Drink the Water (1994)

IMDb plot summary: Somewhere behind the early 1960s cold-war iron curtain, the Hollander family cause an international spying incident when Walter photographs a sunset in a sensitive region. In order to stay out of jail, the Hollanders take refuge in the American Embassy, which is temporarily being run by the absent Ambassador's diplomatically incompetent son, Axel.
Directed by Woody Allen. Starring Michael J. Fox, Woody Allen, Julie Kavner, and Mayim Bialik.

Oh, I do love Woody Allen comedies quite a lot. His writing is just so much fun, with a great combination of witty wordplay, clever aphorisms, and just outrageous absurdity. While this wasn't my favorite thing he's ever done, I got plenty of laughs out of it. Even though it was filmed in the later part of his career, it was based on a play he wrote in the 1960s, and you can tell -- its comedic style is much more along the lines of his earlier, goofier movies. Dom DeLuise was possibly my favorite character, though, as the well-intentioned priest who likes to do magic but is very bad at it. It's not going to go down in history as a great movie, but I enjoyed it and I'd happily watch it again someday.

3.5 stars.

Flickchart: #590 out of 2209, below The Glass Menagerie and above Is It Fall Yet?

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