I Missed Him Again?!?!: Annie Hall and Why Jeff Goldblum is my Polkaroo

According to IMDB and the closing credits of Annie Hall, Jeff Goldblum appears in the film’s LA party scene and I always forget to watch out for him. Watching the credits about twenty minutes later, I always throw up my hands in frustration thinking “I missed him again?!?!”

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Annie Hall has a lot of moments like that. It’s another movie that I make a point of revisiting about once a year and, unlike Citizen Kane, I rarely look forward to it. I seem to keep remembering Woody Allen’s examination of a relationship that’s run its course as more depressing than it actually is. I remember Alvy’s anxieties, Annie’s depression, and how sad it is to watch these two inevitably grow apart. Sure, this is 1977 Woody Allen (long before his movies started becoming no fun at all) so there are lots of laughs throughout to make it all go down easier but surely I must see all those coming by now.

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What I keep forgetting, besides that I’m supposed to be on Goldblum watch, is how many funny moments Allen works in. Some are funny because they’re true, others because they’re outrageous, but nearly every scene hsa something to laugh about. So many of them still catch me off guard after all these years. This time it was “You’re what my Grammy would call a real Jew” that really got me. I even somehow forgot all about Christopher Walken’s scene. There really are a lot of gifts for the audience in this movie and, watching itย  today, I realize what a positive note it ends on. I’m already looking forward to next year.

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You won’t get away from me next time, Jeff Goldblum!

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15 thoughts on “I Missed Him Again?!?!: Annie Hall and Why Jeff Goldblum is my Polkaroo

  1. reocochran

    It has been years since I have watched this. I like his films and watched many of his more contemporary ones, too. Diane Keaton is funny and still wonderful in her combination roles. I still think she should have not chosen Jack Nicholson in “As Good as it Gets.” I like Keanu Reeves as a potential suitor and doctor. The Bill Murray and Scarlet Johansson film was great. Shoot. Title escapes my brain. Staying at Mom’s means I lose a few of my own marbles ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. mattasshole Post author

    The only contemporary Woody Allen I like without reservations is Midnight in Paris. Mostly I feel like, while he once had a really unique voice, he now just seems like someone who’s ran out of things to say.
    Haha I can’t say I blame you for picking Keanu Reeves over a womanizing Jack Nicholson.
    I believe the Bill Murray film you mentioned is Lost in Translation. I like it too.
    Thanks for your comment!

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  3. Sherise

    I saw part of it on TV just a few days ago and I saw Jeff Goldblum! I was like shit, I had no idea…. lol ๐Ÿ˜› I strongly dislike Woody Allen and his films, but I will grudgingly admit Annie Hall is good, the ending is kind of depressing. I also actually really like Mighty Aphrodite, it took me by surprise how much I enjoyed it.

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    1. mattasshole Post author

      Oh now I feel even more embarassed knowing that you spotted him without knowing that you were supposed to be watching for him. lol
      I dislike so many of Woody Allen’s movies and he’s not an easy guy to like. I can never decide whether or not I consider myself a fan, if my love of Annie Hall and Hannah and Her Sisters is enough to qualify me as someone who actually likes Woody Allen. Although I have never seen Mighty Aphrodite so I will have to check that one out.

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  4. fragglerocking

    crap, another classic I missed out as I just don’t like Woody Allen, not a bit even. But Christopher Walken is mint, is he in it for long? If so I might try and watch it, I can always mute the Woody bits.

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    1. mattasshole Post author

      Christopher Walken’s scene is one of his most iconic but it really is one scene. Probably not worth your time if you dislike Woody that much. I’ll bet you can youTube that one scene. Definitely worth checking out.

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    1. mattasshole Post author

      Sigourney weaver also has a blink and you’ll miss it cameo in her first ever screen performance I believe. I always forget to watch for that. Just as I always forget that Harold Ramis does not play the actor in the play at the end and every year I go running back to IMDB to relearn what I should have already known.

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  5. SLIP/THROUGH - Dan

    Good article! I love Annie Hall too. I agree with your comment about current Allen films. My fav latest is Paris as well.

    Annie Hall just has so many laughs. It’s worth watching every year or so. Very few film deserve a “roster spot”, but Hall definitely deserves its spot in the rotation.

    Thanks for reminding me… about Goldblum too ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. mattasshole Post author

      His line is “I forgot my mantra”.
      It’s nice to get some support on my complaint about Woody’s recent work. Movies like Match Point, Vicky Christina barcelona, and Blue Jasmine have gotten a lot of attention that I’ll never udnerstand.
      Thanks for stopping by, Dan.

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      1. SLIP/THROUGH - Dan

        I know. His movies started put cynical, but hope is seeping in nowadays.
        I liked Vicky Cristina more so for concept and acting. I’ve been a big fan of Cruz and Bardem since Almodovar.

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  6. Christopher

    I never miss him, but it always takes me by surprise. A guy on a phone says, “Hi. I forgot my mantra,” or something like that and I think, holy shit, that’s Jeff Goldblum.
    Christopher Walken’s scene always stuck with me because I felt like Allen was the first person to recognize that Walken was a weirdly funny guy.

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  7. fernandorafael

    An absolute classic. Last time I watched it, I could totally see myself in Alvy and my boyfriend in Annie, which wasn’t very fun then and I’m sure wouldn’t be fun now that we’ve broken up.

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