映画『僕のニューヨークライフ』

ウディ・アレンの新作『僕のニューヨークライフ』鑑賞。
最近のウディ・アレン出演の作品といえば、80年代そのままのキャラであの風貌でやられるもんだから若干痛々しさが感じられてちょっと苦手だったりもしたのだけれど、今回はその役回りを7割ぐらい若手(ジェイソン・ビッグス)に引き受けさせて、まるで21世紀版の『アニー・ホール』みたいな気の利いた作品になっていたのでした。

ちょっと神経質で、ガールフレンドのことばかりを考えていて、周りから振り回されっぱなしでストレスフルになり、セラピーに通い詰め。いつのもアレンお馴染みのキャラクターがアレンでなくジェイソン・ビッグスが演じる。ジェイソン・ビッグスといえば『アメリカン・パイ』のカレで、その「人に振り回されっぱなし人生な演技」はお見事。

彼を振り回す元凶となるガールフレンドはクリスティーナ・リッチ。彼女は「エキセントリックかつ神経過敏な女の子役」では右に出るものはいないんじゃ?と勝手に思っているのですが、やはり貫禄のキレ演技に圧倒。アレン自身はヘンテコで過激な老作家を演じていてそれがまた物凄い影響力をもつキャラクタで、主人公のジェリーはすっかり感化されてしまうのが見もの。
これよく考えるといわゆる現代人の悩みやストレスをけっこうシビアに描いていたりするのだけれどそれをあえて「痛々しいけれど可笑しくて、苦みばしった笑い」に出来るウディの職人技には感服です。
「ウディ、もう出なくてもいいよ」と思った時期もあるのですが、これでちょっと考えなおしましたです。

僕のニューヨークライフ Comedy, Romance | 108min | January 21, 2006 (Japan) 6.3
Director: Woody AllenWriter: Woody AllenStars: Woody Allen, Jason Biggs, Christina RicciSummary: Jerry Falk (Jason Biggs) and David Dobel (Woody Allen), who meet at a business meeting, become fast friends. Their commonality is that they are both fledgling New York City based comedy writers, largely writing material for stand-ups, are Jewish (although David is an atheist), and are each of bundle of different neuroses. Their big difference is that Jerry is twenty-one, while David is sixty, with forty more years worth of life experience, knowledge, and neuroses. While Jerry writes full time - he is also working on a novel - David has kept his day job as a public school teacher just in case. In their relationship, David becomes somewhat of Jerry's mentor, providing advice on Jerry's life issues, most which revolve around the fact that Jerry is a product of inertia, having trouble leaving anyone. That's why Jerry's still with the only manager he's ever had, Harvey Wexler (Danny DeVito). Jerry not only being Harvey's only client (which is a testament to his effectiveness in the job), Harvey also has a twenty-five percent take as stipulated in their contract, which he wants to extend for another seven years. That's why Jerry is still in therapy with a psychiatrist who has done him no good, and who advised Jerry to stay in therapy with him as opposed to taking a job in Los Angeles, California. But that not being able to leave largely applies to his love life. Jerry already has one divorce. He is having problems with his current girlfriend Amanda (Christina Ricci), who he believes is the love of his life. He fell in love with her at first sight, when he was already in a cohabitational relationship with Brooke (KaDee Strickland), and Amanda dating Jerry's friend, Bob Stiles (Jimmy Fallon). Even after Jerry began sleeping with Amanda, he could not be up front with Brooke about the situation, leaving her to figure out his lies. What Jerry is unable or unwilling to see is that Amanda not only manipulates him, but that he focuses on the things between them that make them truly compatible, while disregarding those many more things which make them incompatible. What has made their relationship more difficult of late is that her mother, who is trying to find herself, has moved in with them in their small apartment. Despite David's unique view of life, he may be able to see Jerry and Amanda's relationship more clearly as an objective bystander. The question becomes how much of David's advice Jerry will take in its entirety. —Huggo

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  1. [映画]僕のニューヨークライフ…

    これよく考えるといわゆる現代人の悩みやストレスをけっこうシビアに描いていたりするのだけれどそれをあえて「痛々しいけれど可笑しくて、苦みばしった笑い」に出来るウディの職人 (more…)

  2. 僕のニューヨークライフ…

    映画館で見た、今年6本目。

    前に一度行った映画館だけど、今年は初めてだ。

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