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Radio Days

Movie Commentary by Scott Ventura


Scott's Rating:
4 / 5
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Viewing Date:
June 1999
IMDB Name:
Radio Days (1987)
Woody Allen
MPAA Rating:

Dreamy Nostalgia

There is a certain amount of irony in a filmmaker celebrating radio. Of course, imagination is a commodity these days, and radio's requirement of visual imagination on the part of the listener makes such a film completely understandable. I missed the golden age of radio myself, but my love of Prairie Home Companion gives me a clue to the wonders of old time radio. Allen uses characters with distinctive voices to make the connection complete.

Oz! Scott!

Most Woody Allen movies star Woody Allen as Woody Allen. Some of his movies, like the recent Celebrity, feature seomone else playing Woody Allen. Seth Green gets the honor of playing a young Allen in Radio Days. The name may sound vaguely familiar to you in the same way that the face was vaguely familiar for me when I watched the movie. Why, it's Scott Evil from Austin Powers! It's Oz from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"! It's that teenager from the second episode of "The X Files"! (I admit, I went to the IMDB for that one.) And he's a little kid!

But enough of him. Radio Days is packed with great acting talent, even though you might not remember all of it afterward. I missed William H. Macy, Kenneth Mars ( The Producers) Mercedes Ruehl ( The Fisher King), and "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David.

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