Review: Irrational Man and the incredible shrinking worldview of Woody Allen

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Maybe people are so willing to read latter-day Woody Allen movies as backhanded personal reflections on his life because it’s so hard to know how to read them otherwise. Films like Whatever Works, Magic In The Moonlight, and When In Rome are arch but not particularly funny, and straight-faced but not particularly serious. They’re packed with philosophical quotations, references, and blather, but seem to lack an actual philosophy. There’s a sense that Allen isn’t playing tongue-in-cheek, so much as wedging his tongue randomly and experimentally into every other cranial orifice, just to see what happens.

That mixture of self-importance and self-dismissing fluff is particularly pronounced in Allen’s latest film, the grating shaggy-dog…

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