AWFJ Movie of the Week, Aug 10 – Aug. 16: SHE’S FUNNY THAT WAY

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she's funny that way poster copy Opening August 14, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is She’s Funny That Way, the new film from actor/writer/director Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show). Described as a screwball comedy in the same vein as Bogdanovich’s 1972 classic What’s Up Doc?, it follows the interconnected lives of the cast and crew of a Broadway show. Read on…

The ever dependable Owen Wilson plays established theatre director Arnold Albertson, whose decision to cast former call girl Isabella Petterson (Imogen Poots) in a new play alongside his wife Delta (Kathryn Hahn) and her ex-lover Seth (Rhys Ians) results in a romantic farce of theatrical proportions.

Jennifer Aniston and Will Forte also make an appearance, as a therapist and her love interest respectively, while What’s Up Doc? star Austin Pendleton can be found amongst the supporting cast.

With an eclectic career spanning almost five decades, Bogdanovich is one of cinema’s most enduring stalwarts and any new film is an anticipated event. That this is his first big-screen feature in over a decade, following 2004’s star-studded comedy The Cat’s Meow, only adds to the sense of expectation.

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:
Pam Grady: Forty-two years after making his first homage to screwball comedy, What’s Up Doc? , Peter Bogdanovich returns with She’s Funny That Way , a romantic farce set behind the scenes in a theater and starring Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Kathryn Hahn, Rhys Ifans, Jennifer Aniston, and Will Forte. What’s Up Doc? costar Austin Pendleton is among the supporting players in a film that dangles the promise of capturing some of that old Bogdanovich magic.

Film Details:
Title: She’s Funny That Way
Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Release Date: August 14, 2015
Running Time: 93 minutes
Language: English
Shooting Location(s): New York, USA
Principal Cast: Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Kathryn Hahn, Rhys Ifans, Jennifer Aniston, Will Forte
Screenwriter: Peter Bogdanovich
Production Companys: Lagniappe Films, Lailaps Pictures, Venture Forth
Distributor: Lionsgate Premiere
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AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, MaryAnn Johanson, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Maitland McDonagh, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Perri Nemiroff, Kristy Puchko, Sheila Roberts, Liz Whittemore, Jeanne Wolf.

Other Movies Opening the Week of August 10-16, 2015

August 10
And We Wait

August 11
One Stormy Night
O Que Se Move
The Man From The Rio Grande

August 12
Unity
The Lost Key
How To Smell a Rose
State of Deliquency
The Cornelius

August 13
A Curry On An American Plate
Fun Time

August 14
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Straight Outta Compton
Final Girl
Return to Sender
Fort Tilden
Ten Thousand Saints
Goodnight Mommy
Mistress America
Amnesiac
The Dreamer
The Unbeatables
Air
The Boy
Brothers
Tom At The Farm
People Places Things
Big Sky
One and Two
Meru
Prince
Once I Was a Beehive
We Come As Friends
Rosenwald
Point B
Tuff Luck
Love of Mass Destruction

Edited by Sandra Kraisirideja, AWFJ.org Associate Editor

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Nikki Baughan

Nikki Baughan is a London-based freelance film critic and features writer. Formerly editor of both Film Review and movieScope magazines, Nikki is currently contributes to various print and online publications, including Screen International, BFI, The List and Film Divider.