For some strange reason this movie was left off of my best of list of 2011 and I really cannot tell you why. I also left off 50/50 which was my favorite comedy of the year because I failed to think of it when I was making my list. Own Wilson gives a great performance in Woody Allen's return to the top of Hollywood. This is the type of movie that Woody Allen needs to stick to, a light heartfelt comedy with witty dialogue. The dramas he attempted to do over the last decade mostly fell flat because everything in those movies felt very forced. This movie solidifies Wilson's place among the best comedic actors in Hollywood because he is genuinely funny in this movie and carries most of the movie on his back. The guy they got to play Ernest Hemingway had the best scene stealing role of the year, there is a part where he wants to fight someone that had me almost crying in laughter, you really have to see it. On a side note, Adrien Brody gets one of the top bills in this movie for being in the movie for 5 minutes and gives maybe the worst performance that I have ever witnessed. He is just fucking terrible in his role as Dali, he is not a comedic actor and this movie did nothing to help him break into that type of movie. Michael Sheen and Rachel McAdams also do a great job of playing the film's antagonists and also play them to their douchiest potential. Their characters are those type of people that feel they know everything and will never listen to anyone else because they are so wrapped up in their own bullshit.
This is the type of light comedy that Hollywood needs from time to time. Woody Allen is the best director for these types of movies because he has extensive experience with them and they come almost natural to him. Owen Wilson should stop doing crap like Marley and Me and focus on making quality films like this from now on. This movie deserves a 8.5/10 or if you are going by the MovieBoozers scale, a 2 Beer Movie.