Vicky Cristina Barcelona

D: Woody Allen
MGM/Mediapro/The Weinstein Company (Letty Aronson, Gareth Wiley & Stephen Tenenbaum)
US/Spain 2008
96 mins


W: Woody Allen
DP: Javier Aguirresarobe 
Ed: Alisa Lepselter

Javier Bardem (Juan Antonio Gonzalo), Rebecca Hall (Vicky), Scarlett Johansson (Cristina), Penelope Cruz (Maria Elena), Patricia Clarkson (Judy Nash), Kevin Dunn (Mark Nash)

Javier Bardem plays El Douchebag, who wants to fuck Scarlet Johansson and Rebecca Hall at the same time (it's hard to envy him that) but the problem is that I found his character unbelievably slimy, the female characters were completely scatty & unlikeable and the story was incredibly pretentious.

Woody Allen movies can be very hit and miss with me. I enjoy the neurotic comedies (Annie Hall, Bullets Over Broadway) and don't mind some of his more self-indulgent movies (Midnight In Paris, The Purple Rose Of Cairo), but this ranks alongside his movies which I find grotesquely overrated (Hannah & Her Sisters, Mighty Aphrodite)

I know what Woody Allen is trying to say with these movies. He's trying to preach his bohemian-esque belief that it's okay to fuck whoever you want, including your adopted daughter. Creepy.

For big fans of the filmmaker only.


Javier Bardem & Scarlett Johansson in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Javier Bardem & Scarlett Johansson in Vicky Cristina Barcelona