Ahh... A Woody Allen film where everyone sings. If you've ever seen a Woody Allen film, you know how, let's say, different his films are from the mainstream. Ecelctic is a good word to use. Generally brilliantly written and with some of the best acting jobs of the year. This one is no different, with the exception that sometimes the characters break into song. The cast is huge and talented, as most Allen films are. Alan Alda, Goldie Hawn, Drew Barrymore, Julia Roberts, Edward Norton, Natalie Portman, and Tim Roth are just some of the names (well, most of the names) that are in the movie. It's billed as a romantic comedy, but there are a few romances. Drew Barrymore and Edward Norton are supposed to get married, but then she meets a released convict (Tim Roth) and wonders what might be. Woody is looking for a woman, and meets Julia Roberts, and with the help of one of his daughters, makes Julia's fantasies come alive. Woody's daughter (played by newcomer Natasha Lyonne) falls in love with every other guy she meets. And lastly Alan Alda's daughters, Gaby Hoffman and Natalie Portman both fall for the same guy. It's the acting that carries this movie. Watching such big stars break out into song out of nowhere is funny, but they're good at it. And the song-and-dance sequences are incredible. Many of the shots in each scene last for over a minute, and if you watch any other film, this isn't normal. Usually there are a lot of quick cuts back and forth, but Woody holds each scene which makes it harder to act, but somehow he always gets the best out of his cast. If you've never seen a Woody Allen film before, this may be a good way to get acquainted to his style of filmmaking. It's different from most of the other movies out there, but to tell you the truth, that's a good thing these days.