--> "Who are you?"
--> "It's me, Ken!"
--> "... Ken?"
--> "Look at this guy! You created me, now you doesn't recognize me?"

Successful author [[MeaningfulName Harry Block]] has been [[MuseAbuse routinely mining his real life for material]]. After his latest divorce, he's been dating a young fan of his work - who just left him. Now he has to deal with an upcoming trip to his alma mater, and some of his characters start checking up on him in real life. A pretty poignant case of FamilyUnfriendlyAesop follows.


%%* AChatWithSatan
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: The Devil.]]
--> "To Evil! It keeps things hummin'."
** Arguably, the main character himself.
* AuthorAvatar: To some degree, each and every main character from Harry's stories resembles him.
* BlackComedy: One of Harry's stories, "Max's Dark Secret". [[spoiler: Max butchered his family with an axe, then ate them. PlayedForLaughs.]]
-->'''Elsie:''' Whatever you do, first hear Max's side.\\
'''Dolly:''' Max has a side?! [[spoiler: He killed his family and eats them up,]] the man has a side?!
* BrickJoke: One of Harry's (perhaps unfinished) short stories deals with an actor (Mel) going out of focus as he's shooting what appears to be a TV commercial. Later on, [[spoiler: the same thing happens to Harry, in lieu of a panic attack.]]
* TheCameo: Creator/RobinWilliams as the out-of-focus actor, Tobey Maguire as a young AuthorAvatar,
* CanonSue: In-universe: "Ken", the main character in Harry's last novel, comes off as a charming, laidback guy, all too happy to explain what went wrong in Harry's life. He's right every time.
--> '''Harry''': How do you know so much?
--> '''Ken''': Well... I'm just you. Thinly disguised. You gave me a little more maturity. And a different name.
* ClusterFBomb: Everyone in the film.
* CriticalPsychoanalysisFailure: Joan might have needed a lot of help after [[spoiler: being cheated on with one of her patients]] and getting divorced; we know she [[PunctuatedForEmphasis didn't]] [[ClusterFBomb take it well]].
* DeathByChildbirth: Happened to Harry's mom; his father never quite forgave him for that.
* DrivenToSuicide: "My brains on your fucking carpet!" [[spoiler: Averted in that she thinks she shouldn't kill herself, but Harry.]]
* FollowTheLeader: Woody Allen's DarkerAndEdgier version of his idol Creator/IngmarBergman's ''Film/WildStrawberries''.
* FunctionalAddict: Harry sees himself as one, as far as booze and anti-anxiety pills are concerned. Other characters don't agree.
* TheFundamentalist: Played with, twice:
** In one of Harry's stories, this is the reason his marriage to [[FlorenceNightingaleEffect his former psychoanalyst]] failed: after the birth of their son, she rediscovered her Jewish roots, became obsessed with faith and tradition, and ended up leaving Harry for a dashing Israeli patient. In real life, though, [[spoiler: Harry cheated on Joan with one of her patients.]]
** Then there's Bert, Harry's brother-in-law; an observant Jew who Harry despises to the point of becoming estranged from his sister. [[spoiler: They later briefly reconnect.]]
--->'''Harry:''' And there he is, direct from the Wailing Wall!
* GilliganCut:
-->'''The Devil:''' And one thing you're not, is a kidnapper.
-->''(cut to)''
-->'''Joan:''' '''''KIDNAPPER!!!'''''
* HighClassCallGirl: The Asian prostitute in one of the stories-within-a-story.
* HollywoodAtheist: Mostly played for laughs, of the smug variety.
%%* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Cookie.
* IAmAHumanitarian: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9wnNQ1zNB4 "Some bury, some burn, I ate!"]]
%%* IronicHell
* JumpCut: Used during the film [[spoiler: and a clue that the entire film is one of Harry Block's stories.]]
%%* TheLancer: Larry.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Borrow a sick friend's apartment, pretend it's your bachelor pad, use his name to introduce yourself to a HighClassCallGirl... hey, that's TheGrimReaper at the door. And he won't believe you're not the guy.
* MayDecemberRomance: Applied twice. Fay, Harry's last girlfriend, [[spoiler: left him for Larry, who's older than her as well: the key difference here is Larry's positive outlook on life. They're married by the end of the movie.]]
* MeaningfulName: Harry Block, although WritersBlock is just a symptom of his depression.
* MoralityPet: Played with. Harry's very fond of his young son Hilliard, who he enjoys spending time with; too bad all his life lessons to the kid are variations on GoodIsBoring.
* {{Motormouth}}: Harry, naturally, but the Woody Allen yappy character type is deconstructed (naturally!) by a character as being cowardly tap dancing instead of being a man.
%%* MuseAbuse
* PygmalionPlot: Seems to have played a major role in Harry and Fay's romantic relationship; he considered her "a fan, then a pupil", but in the end he fell in love and she didn't truly reciprocate his feelings.
* RecycledInSpace: ''Film/WildStrawberries'' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: only Darker And Edgier ]]
* ShowWithinAShow: Harry's stories within the film - and then TheReveal that [[spoiler: the entire movie is the new story by Harry about himself.]]
* TheShrink: Joan and her fictional counterpart.
* {{Sidekick}}: Harry's friend and colleague Richard.
* TakeThatMe: Harry's imagination tells him he's a fuckup who misjudges everyone he knows, including his own sister.
* ThereIsAGod: Creator/WoodyAllen's character, an atheist, uses this in reference to Bobby Thomson's game-winning home run in the 1951 National League playoffs. "When he hit that home run it was the only hint I had that there may be a God."
* UncomfortableElevatorMoment: Joan's poor patient deals with her going batshit insane, screaming at Harry in the next room with {{Cluster F Bomb}}s.
* UnproblematicProstitution: Played with: Cookie comes off as a self-assured, reasonably content sex worker, who acceps Harry's offer of [[spoiler: money in exchange for accompanying him to his old college]] even if she met him a couple hours before (and therefore has no idea whether he could posit a danger to her). She's also treated far more nicely than any other female character in-universe.
--> '''Harry''': Every hooker I ever speak to tells me that it beats the hell out of waitressing. Waitressing's gotta be the worst fucking job in the world.
* VillainousBSOD: Once the group arrive at Harry's alma mater, [[spoiler: they find out his friend Richard - who they thought was simply dozing off - has died in his sleep, presumably of a heart attack; Harry panics and briefly goes out of focus.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Happens at least twice, with characters from Harry's stories ("Ken" and "Helen", the latter being a mix between his ex-wife and his sister) lecturing him on the mistakes he made in his personal life.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: [[invoked]] With almost no exception, Harry's characters are thinly-veiled versions of people he knows; considering in real life he's a bit of a MagnificentBastard, every time he's got a new novel out, at least one of his personal relationships goes ''very'' sour.
--> "And of course there's Jane, or, as you pathetically disguised her... ''Janet''."
** Even he occasionally can't tell the difference between real life and fiction.
--> '''Lucy''': Oh big fucking deal, you gave her large breasts!
--> '''Harry''': Leslie, please...
--> '''Lucy''': ''Lucy''. I'm Lucy, motherfucker. ''Not'' Leslie.
* YourCheatingHeart: In his own words, Harry's cheated on each and every one of his wives.