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At Theaters: 1/2/1998 On Video: 5/26/1998
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 35 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 129708
Studio: Fine Line Features
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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.

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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.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Director: Woody Allen (Everyone Says I Love You)
Woody Allen (Everyone Says I Love You)
Kirstie Alley (For Richer or Poorer)
Billy Crystal (Father's Day, City Slickers)
Mariel Hemingway (Manhatten, Star 80)
Amy Irving (I'm Not Rappaport)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (TV's "Seinfeld", Father's Day)
Demi Moore (G.I.Jane, Striptease)
Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas, The Saint)
Robin Williams (Father's Day, Mrs. Doubtfire)
Producer: Jean Doumanian (Everyone Says I Love You)
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Extreme and frequent.
SEX/NUDITY: Some of both.
VIOLENCE: Almost none.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent drinking, smoking, and pill popping.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Frequent.
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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.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 118 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
6
Fairly High
100%%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
4
Fairly Low
100%%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
11
High
82%%
30+Adults (M)
43
Fairly Low
72%%
30+Adults (F)
54
Fairly Low
57%%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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