John Cusack (David Shayne), Jack Warden (Julian
Marx), Chazz Palminteri (Cheech), Joe Viterelli (Nick Valenti), Jennifer Tilly (Olive Neal), Rob Reiner (Sheldon Flender), Mary Louise Parker
(Ellen), Dianne Wiest (Helen Sinclair), Jim Broadbent (Warner Purcell), Harvey Fierstein (Sid Loomis)
In 1920's New York, a neurotic playwright has his new play
funded by a gangster on the condition that his moll can perform in it. However , her acting skills are absolutely atrocious and she can't remember her lines, putting the entire production in
peril. That is, until her surprisingly smart bodyguard steps in to rewrite the dialogue, much to the annoyance of the original writer.
This is possibly Woody Allen's finest and funniest film
since Annie Hall, the screenplay hits all the right notes, while Dianne Wiest, Jennifer Tilly and Chazz Palminteri all try their utmost to scene-steal with brilliantly over-the-top
performances, particularly Tilly as the dumb-as-a-rock gangster's moll.