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Harry Block (Allen) is a loathsome little worm of a successful
writer who turns his misery and philandering into the subjects
for his stories. Understandably, this becomes a sore point for
the ex-wives and ex-lovers who populate his work as thinly-disguised
analogs; it's bad enough dealing with harry in real life without
being subjected to further indignities in fictional form.
Comedy - Few film makers split viewers the way Woody Allen does. Woody Allen fans are likely to enjoy the self-deprecating humor offered by DECONSTRUCTING HARRY. Those who dislike Allen (either for his movies or his off-screen exploits) aren't likely to enjoy his latest movie. DECONSTRUCTING HARRY is easily the most profane and vulgar comedy Allen has done to date, but it's
also among his funniest.
It seems clear that director Woody Allen is doing a little more with DECONSTRUCTING HARRY than simply telling a funny story. If the movie has an overriding theme, it's that the man and the artist can be separated, and, even if the man is a despicable person, his art can redeem him. Of course, this makes DECONSTRUCTING HARRY sound like a deeply philosophical movie,
which it isn't, and the seemingly-pretentious title only adds to the confusion. But the film is appropriately named. DECONSTRUCTING HARRY doesn't tell a straightforward or linear story. Instead, it uses a fairly unremarkable plot as a springboard for comic vignettes that gradually answer questions about Harry's identity.