Everyone Says I Love You (Woody Allen) - 1996

This is Woody's musical.  It's another all-star cast and everyone must sing.  Woody (really can't sing) is a writer living in Paris.  His ex-wife, Goldie Hawn (great singer and dancer) lives in New York with her second husband, Alan Alda (not a bad singer).  The movie is narrated by Natasha Lyonne who plays the daughter of Woody & Goldie.  Natasha has several flings including a short one with Billy Crudup in his second movie role..  Alda & Hawn have four kids.  The oldest, Drew Barrymore (not her singing) is engaged to Edward Norton (can't dance) but then has a fling with an ex-con, Tim Roth (good singer).  Drew has the best line in the movie: "I've never been kissed by a sociopath."  The son, Lukas Haas is the conservative Republican in a house full of liberals until he is diagnosed with a blood clot that was restricting the flow of blood to his brain [Thanks, Woody].  The twin daughters are played by Gaby Hoffman and 14-year-old Natalie Portman (who can sing a little).  Natalie loses the first guy to Gaby but later meets a "guy named Guy."  Woody goes to Venice where he wins but then loses Julia Roberts (can't sing either).  The grand finale is the Groucho party in Paris on Christmas Eve where the Groucho dancers perform "Hooray for Captain Spaulding."  There really is not much of a story here but it's all about the music.  [JAM 7/5/2010]

["It never occurred to me to tell anyone (about singing) because I wanted to do a musical paying no regard to whether people could sing or not." Conversations with Woody Allen - January 2000]

["There are people who adore and revere voices like Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand.  These are miraculous voices of our time.  But there are other people like myself who get a kick out of Jimmy Durante's voice and Jerry Lewis singing.  And then there are people who walk down the street singing or who sing in the shower, and it's perfectly fine listening to them - for me.  Someone else can hate it but I don't, so I made a film of that.  It fulfilled the desire that keeps me working." Conversations with Woody Allen - April 2006]