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Café Society by Woody Allen (2016)

Woody Allen’s yearly film is out and it is good, though not great. I love the period, and the acting is top notch. It is basically a love story for people that should have been together, but aren’t by their own choices. A film for fans of Woody Allen films.


In 1930’s Los Angeles Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg doing a spot on Woody Allen) has just moved here from New York. He keeps calling his agent uncle Phil Stern (Steve Carell again proving he isn’t just a comedian). Eventually Phil takes his nephew on as a gopher and has his secretary Veronica “Vonnie” Sybill (Kristen Stewart in one of her good roles) show him around LA. Bobby quickly falls for Vonnie, but she has a boyfriend, who is in fact the married Phil.


Phil won’t leave his wife, so he breaks it off with Vonnie, and Bobby moves right in. Bobby is soon asking her to move with him to New York, but Phil has left his wife to win Vonnie back, and she choses him.

Bobby is heartbroken, and moves back to New York, starting a nightclub with his gangster brother Ben (Corey Stoll). It becomes a famous hangout, and Bobby meets and marries Veronica Hayes (Blake Lively).

Phil and Vonnie come and visit the nightclub. They are happily married and have been world traveling, but Bobby and Vonnie start hanging and share a kiss.

Bobby and Ben’s sister Evelyn (Sari Lennick) get Ben to talk to their annoying neighbor, and he kills him, and soon is up for murder, and killed. The noteriety catapults the clubs sucess and Bobby heads to LA to se about opening a nightclub there.

Bobby and Vonnie hook up again, but end up deciding they shouldn’t see each other, and he decides not to open the club in LA.

That new years Bobby in New York and Vonnie in LA are both acting dreamily and seen by their significant others, as they dream of each other.

Enjoyable, but not amazing.


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