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Film: Play It Again Sam
Play It Again, Sam is a 1972 movie directed by Herbert Ross, based on Woody Allen's own Broadway play. It follows the romantic trials and life of a San Francisco movie buff and film critic Allan Felix (Woody Allen). He is neurotic, shy, fanatical about films, and obsessed over the film Casablanca. Allan tries to model his behavior after the personality of its tough-guy actor Humphrey Bogart.

This film includes examples of:

  • Book Ends: the movie begins with Allan watching the final scene of Casablanca. It ends with Allan reenacting that scene, with himself in the Rick role and Linda and Dick as Ilsa and Victor
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: A single sip of scotch puts Allan into a cartoonish flailing fit and a dead faint.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Allan, about his analyst:
    Allan: Even if I could reach him, what's the point? He'd just say it was a sexual problem. How could it be a sexual problem? [my ex-wife and I] weren't even having relations.
  • Gratuitous Italian: in one of Allan's fantasies about telling Dick he's in love with Linda, he imagines them in an Italian movie, complete with Italian dialogue (mostly cursing, in Dick's case)
  • Imaginary Friend: Humphrey Bogart.
  • Matchmaker Crush: Inverted, as Allan falls in love with Linda, his matchmaker. Played straight, in that she falls in love with him too
  • Running Gag: Dick calling people to tell them the phone number he can be reached at
  • Shout-Out: Allan is a huge Humphrey Bogart fan, so there are multiple references to Bogart movies, particularly the final scene, which is almost identical to the final scene of Casablanca. Most of Allan's dialogue is identical to Bogart's dialogue in that scene
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Dick's Running Gag wouldn't work after the existence of cellphones

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