I watched Anything Else last night, since it was the latest thing to arrive from dvdflix.ca. The movie had been totally hyped as a Jason Biggs movie (think American Pie), and I really can’t stand Christina Ricci – so I didn’t have huge hopes for it.
Someone neglected to mention along the way, however, that it’s a Woody Allen film, so I was delightfully surprised at the quirkiness – that is, once I figured out what the hell was going on.
The whole premise of the title for the movie is that Jason Biggs’ character is really codependent, and is going through a life changing period. At the end of the movie, he condenses his story into one really profound sentence to a cab driver, and the driver responds “It’s like Anything Else” – meaning as traumatic as life seems, it’s really quite ordinary, and it just keeps going on.
I found that to be a powerful message at this point, considering I’m going through my own changes (though without the painful codependence thing) – and really, it reminded me that I have been here before, and will probably make it back again, and it is like anything else. A day is really just another day.
My question to you: do you find that message promising or defeatist? Discuss.