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"Deconstructing Harry"

When you can gather the multiple talents of Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry" you have to be some kind of genius. Where have you seen recently, a group like these luminaries, starting with the real star, Woody Allen, Billy Crystal, Mariel Hemingway, Demi Moore, Robin Williams, Richard Benjamin, Judy Davis, Amy Irving, Elisabeth Shue, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kirstie Alley, Eric Bogosian , Hazelle Goodman, Julie Kavner, Stanley Tucci, Bob Balaban Caroline Aaron, and Toey Maguire, this is just to name a few.

The story is simple enough Allen as a book writer has written a novel about all his best friends and they are all on the warpath to get even for his solicitous writings. The big thing with "Deconstructing Harry" is that it literally destroys and demolishes the Woody Allen mystique. He puts himself on the grill and almost burns all of his soul. His Jewish angst is at its zenith and no one is harder on himself than he is. His tortured soul lets it all hang out. If the stories he tells sound so familiar, it is because we have read all the headlines and indiscretions of this brilliant man. It is hard to pick the individual performances, but certainly Kirstie Alley redeems herself with a performance that stays with you long after you leave the theatre (After that bomb, "For Richer or for Poorer"). Robin Williams, in so many bad movies lately, should look deeply into his performance in this, in which he plays an out of focus actor, it is stunning. The women really get their outing with Demi Moore. How Jewish can you get? Mariel Hemingway and Billy Crystal, all they want is a blessing, we have the Catholic Guilt. Richard Benjamin, we should see more of him in other movies, ad infinitum with so many classy performances. Hazelle Goodman as a joyous prostitute, too delicious to uncover anymore data.

The vicious fun is truly adult and if you are easily offended, please try to remember that it is rated R, for rapacious reality. GET THEE TO A SHRINK!

Deconstructing Harry
FineLine Features
Produced by: Jean Doumanian
Written and directed by: Woody Allen
With: Caroline Aaron, Bob Balaban, Billy Crystal, Mariel Hemingway, Eric Lloyd, Demi Moore, Robin Williams, Woody Allen, Richard Benjamin, Judy Davis, Amy Irving, Julia Louis-Drefus, Elisabeth Shue, Kirstie Alley, Eric Bogosian, Hazelle Goodman, Julie Kavner, Tobey Maguire, Stanley Tucci
Casting by: Juliet Taylor
Co-executive producers: Jack Rollins, Charles H. Joffe, Letty Aronson
Executive producer: J. E. Beaucaire
Co-producer: Richard Brick
Edited by: Susan E. Morse
Customer designer: Suzy Benzinger
Production designer: Santo Loquasto
Director of photography: Carlo DiPalma
Rated: R
Limited Release

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Original Date Sunday 28 December 1997
Updated Sunday 28 December 1997