Play It Again, Sam | Chicago Reader

Play It Again, Sam

The nebbishness of Woody Allen's Bogart-worshiping film buff has started to date badly, revealing an uncomfortable strain of narcissism beneath the fumbling charm, but this is still one of his most appealing performances, perhaps because Herbert Ross's pedestrian direction reins in some of Allen's ego excesses (1972). But the dramatic center of the material—Allen falling in love with his best friend's neglected wife (Diane Keaton)—is glossed over a little too blithely; the film ultimately lacks even the moral maturity of Allen's source, Casablanca. With Tony Roberts, Susan Anspach, and Jerry Lacy as Bogart. 87 min.

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