She's Funny That Way directed by Peter Bogdanovich's is an old fashioned farce where people who apparently have no connection at all find that their paths
eventually cross in the most comedic of situations. Well that's the theory at least unfortunately She's Funny That Way is not half as funny as it thinks it
The story begins with Isabella Patterson (Imogen Poots), a successful actress, telling a reporter how from being an escort girl she went on to become a
major star. The film then cuts back four years to when Isabella is still a call girl and an aspiring actress. One night she is called to attend a client
(Owen Wilson) knowing him only by his first name the couple hit it off and spend a romantic few hours in each other's company.
The following morning Isabella turns up for a Broadway audition only to find that the director is the same person that she had spent the previous evening
with. To make matters worse the person that she is auditioning to perform opposite is nothing other than the director’s wife and the leading man (Rhys
Ifans) is the ex of the director’s wife and he still has the hots for her.
As if this wasn't silly enough Jennifer Aniston pops up as a psychiatrist who is treating various clients of Isabella and whose boyfriends in the show that
Isabella's auditioning for.
If it all sounds confusing I can put your mind and rest and tell you that it is. Bogdanovich is the director who was responsible for the classic Barbara
Streisand, Ryan O'Neil film What's Up, Doc and watching She's Funny That Way you can't help feel that Bogdanovich is trying to relive past glories.
Unfortunately for Bogdanovich cinema has moved on since the 70s and it's hard to see where this old fashioned screwball comedy will find its audience.