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Overall Rating
3.65

Awesome34.62%
Worth A Look: 30.77%
Average: 3.85%
Pretty Bad: 26.92%
Total Crap: 3.85%

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Bananas
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Slippery, but not funny."
2 stars

Early Woody Allen entry about a loser product-tester who is sent to a South American country and turned into the country’s dictator.

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Bananas. Early Woody Allen entry about a loser product-tester who is sent to a South American country and turned into the country’s dictator. Scripted by Allen and Mickey Rose, Bananas is actually pretty empty, amounting to little more than a redundancy of pranks and pratfalls. It is easy to see how Allen established himself from the beginning as the gagmeister, but the format of interweaving what little storytelling there is along with stand-up routines, is an unfulfilling one. There are some glimpses of what Allen is capable of—his own cross-examination, the play-by-play newscast of the consummation coitus—but the overwhelming majority of the gags fall flat after slipping on the peel, leaving this quickie-comedy laying suppine on the floor.

With the enjoyable Louise Lasser and a cameo by Sylvester Stallone.

Final Verdict: D-.

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User Comments

7/06/12 will the 1970's were woody's best period by a mile and this might be his funniest. 5 stars
2/02/08 MP Bartley As Tatum says, it's a mess...but funny and inventive. 4 stars
1/30/06 tatum A mess...but a funny mess 4 stars
4/26/05 Indrid Cold A great example of subliminal humor, not really "ha ha" funny. 4 stars
6/01/04 Mike terrific, if you people can't spot subtext and political stire, i pity you 5 stars
6/22/03 John Aster Habig classic political satire the court room scene is a top ten moment 5 stars
6/18/03 Andrew Callaway Incredibly funny, although not Woody Allen, although not an incredible intellecual film. 4 stars
5/16/03 mr. Pink Very funny. One of Allen's early funny ones. 4 stars
11/23/01 Will Diamond Very very zany- but rarely amusing. See take the Money and run instead! 2 stars
11/14/01 Zizzerzazzerzuzz You'll laugh out loud - what more do you want from a comedy? 4 stars
11/12/01 daniboy hillarious 5 stars
10/15/01 Andrew Carden So-So Comedy, That Wears Off Quickly, Although Charlotte Rae Gives A Super Performance. 3 stars
8/02/01 R.W. Welch From the days when Allen was going strictly for laughs; he gets quite a few. 4 stars
9/17/00 Djt888 Some very funny stuff, but overall lacking in depth 4 stars
9/13/00 JoMamma sucked ass 1 stars
9/04/00 The Extreaminizer Starts the MGM Years.............One of Woody's Best...Food Order Scene is the Best Part... 5 stars
2/14/00 Reed McEwen Excellent film 5 stars
1/12/00 Rogue Librarian (Okay, Paul Wartenberg) Howard Cosell as himself. J. Edgar Hoover in disguise. Ordering out for cole slaw. Yes! 5 stars
7/19/99 Scott Ryan I challenge you to see the crucifix scene without laughing! 5 stars
4/28/99 Vick Di Brecci Dinner with the president.Dinner with the president? Dinner with the president! 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  28-Apr-1971 (PG-13)
  DVD: 05-Jul-2000

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Australia
  28-Apr-1971 (M)




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