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Did Woody Allen Rip Off 'The Flintstones'?

by Eric Kohn
June 15, 2012 4:45 PM
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As I have already made clear on the main site, I am no great fan of the new Woody Allen movie, "To Rome With Love." I would, however, like to defend one sequence: A climactic gag that finds Allen's retired manager convincing a mortician to perform opera in the shower before a live audience. Enjoyably surreal, it has the kind of inspired lunacy Allen hasn't truly indulged in for years. 

Sadly, even this bit has a familiar ring to it. As a friend pointed out to me today, the onstage shower singing directly echoes an episode of "The Flintstones" in which a televised Barney sings in the bathtub. 

Did Woody Allen rip off "The Flinstones"? Not intentionally, I'm guessing, but the precedent for this gag does reflect the overall staleness of the humor in his latest effort. Better luck next year?


  • DeLuxe Rotterdam | September 14, 2012 2:20 PMReply

    The 1999 movie "Xizao" by Chinese director Zhang Yang was released internationally under the name "Shower".
    You may guess why...

  • Benjamin | September 7, 2012 7:24 PMReply

    "Directly Echoes"?... So, according to you, every drama "echoes" Greek tragedy, and every aircraft scene will "echo" Wings (1927)...oh sure! What a convincing argument you have laid there my friend! Don't forget to say that The Avengers Hulk resembles Frankenstein or Iron man "Directly Echoes" 'Rocketeer'

    Your assertion is so idiotic it "Directly echoes" Rush Limbaugh's lovely "Bane vs Bain" gag. This is just another example of mediocre journalism, lack of investigation and pure ignorance. Please, earn your pay. Work a little.

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  • Nathan | April 2, 2014 8:25 PM

    Is this some new marketing gimmick or is this guy out of his mind on 'shrooms?

  • Lorne | July 9, 2012 2:43 AMReply

    I had the exact same thought when I saw it today!

    Edward - in regards to your last sentence, I thought the film version of August: Osage County would have been perfect for Allen to direct given how great he is at directing actresses. When it was announced that Jean Doumanian had acquired the film rights I knew that would never be a reality.

  • Edward Copeland | June 16, 2012 3:17 PMReply

    It's so sad to hear this about To Rome With Love. After so many years of people building up false expectations for his latest work, it was such a joy to see that Woody still had it with Midnight in Paris last year but I feared that it could be a case of one step forward, two steps back. I still wish he'd truly try something different such as adapting a novel or play that wasn't his or directing a script that wasn't his.

  • Eric | June 21, 2012 11:42 AM

    There was some good buzz about the opera he directed last year.

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