Everyone Says I Love You is a 1996 musical comedy written and directed by Woody Allen and starring a large Ensemble Cast.Like a lot of Woody Allen movies, the film is set in New York and features Loads and Loads of Characters. This particular film distinguishes itself by having the characters randomly break into song. The musical numbers, and the entire tone of the film are a Shout-Out to the musicals of the 1920s and 1930s.Characters include:
DJ Berlin- The Narrator of the film, daughter of Joe and Steffie
Amicable Exes: Joe and Steffie. Helped by Joe getting along well with Bob.
Arc Words: The song "I'm Through With Love" is repeated by every character, leading up to the climactic dance between Steffie and Joe by the Seine. Ends up being a Brick Joke when DJ's umpteenth love interest gangsta raps it on stage.
DJ: We're not the typical family from a musical comedy.
When Bob starts singing "I'm Through With Love" when Schuyler reveals she dumped Holden, Steffie quizzically asks, "What are you singing about? You're not in love with Holden!"
The Cast Showoff: Averted mostly, as the only members of the main cast with musical experience were Alan Alda and Goldie Hawn. Woody Allen had to instruct Hawn and Edward Norton to sound worse when they sang, not wanting the main cast to sound like professional singers.
Applies to the dancing in the film too- while the dancers in the 'My Baby Just Cares for Me' scene dance like professionals, Edward Norton's dancing is deliberately clumsy and awkward in comparison.
Drew Barrymore flatly refused to sing, which is why she is the only cast member who is dubbed. A pity, as Music and Lyrics later proved she was as good a singer as other cast members.
Show Within a Show: Implied by DJ at the end that the entire movie is a musical. She states she was told that if it were made into a movie, no one would believe the incredible coincidences unless it was a musical.
Steffie's "limousine liberalism" is also very much a political stereotype. Lampshaded when she says to Schuyler that Charles Ferry is fine to treat as just a "social project" but not as an actual human being.