Woody Allen was going through his off-screen scandal with Mia Farrow when Manhattan Murder Mystery was produced, so Diane Keaton was brought in to fill the role intended for Farrow. The reunion of Keaton and Allen only improves this already enjoyable Allen comedy, since they're so comfortable with each other's neuroses that they're delightfully convincing as a married couple who suspect their neighbor of murdering his wife. Actually, it's Keaton who obsesses about the possible foul play; Woody just wants them to mind their own business. But pretty soon they've recruited their friends (Alan Alda, Anjelica Huston) as amateur sleuths, and the movie turns into a Nancy Drew mystery for sophisticated Manhattanites. With a typical abundance of Woody Allen witticism and some memorable comic suspense, this engaging throwback to vintage Hollywood mysteries is guaranteed to please even the most noncommittal Woody Allen fans, and the Allen-Keaton chemistry is, as always, a genuine pleasure. --Jeff Shannon
Well, what do you buy a woman who has everything?
We already own twin cemetery plots.
I always think a Bentley is in good taste. Or, you could go the route I did and buy her a set of handkerchiefs.
Well, they were very nice though, and they had my initials.
Yeah, and I didn't even know her size.
I want to celebrate. You want to go see what Larry and Carol are doing?
I think they want to be alone.
Oh, right. Well, uh, what about you? Do you have plans?
You're taking me to dinner, right?
Right, absolutely! Only we can't sleep together, not tonight.
Well, because I already slept with Helen Moss once today, and I'm not young and active like I used to be.
You'll do anything to catch a murderer, won't you?
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