DVD review: She’s Funny That Way (7 out of 10)

Imogen Poots and Owen Wilson
Imogen Poots and Owen Wilson

From renowned director Peter Bogdanovich (What’s Up Doc?, Paper Moon) comes this modern take on those screwball comedies that were very popular in the 60s and 70s.

They had simple but often strange plots, with unusual characters getting involved in all manner of bizarre mix-ups.

She’s Funny That Way centres on a Broadway play production and those closely involved with it.

The whole story is told via a call-girl, Isabella Patterson, played by British actress Imogen Poots sporting a strong Brooklyn accent.

She meets the play’s director Arnold Albertson (Owen Wilson) who likes to give ladies in Isabella’s profession enough money to start a new life.

However she’s trying for a part in Albertson’s play, unbeknown to the director.

To add confusion, Arnold’s wife, who is a leading actress in the play, is being pursued by her co-star Seth Gilbert, played by Rhys Ifans, who spots Isabella and Arnold together.

Throw in a judge in love with Isabella, an ageing private eye, and a psychiatrist (Jennifer Aniston) with more problems than her clients and you have a recipe for some very funny scenes.

The movie starts a bit slowly as we get introduced to the various characters but picks up for the second and third acts.

And watch out for a final cameo that is quite superb.

The performances are excellent with Aniston and Wilson revelling in roles that offer something a bit different.

So, as the rain pours down on another summer’s day this is a great way to pass the time.

Film details: She’s Funny That Way (12A) 93mins

Director: Peter Bogdanovich

Starring: Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Jennifer Aniston

Out now on DVD and Blu-Ray