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Paul Rudd Loves ‘Annie Hall’

Woody Allen’s 1976 flick is the Jewish actor’s favorite romantic comedy

by
Stephanie Butnick
June 25, 2014
Paul Rudd arrives at the 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' Australian premiere on November 24, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Caroline McCredie/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International)

Paul Rudd arrives at the ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ Australian premiere on November 24, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Caroline McCredie/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International)

Paul Rudd, lovable staple of the Apatovian canon and star of the occasional quirky romantic comedy, is back on the big screen with They Came Together, a comedy written by Michael Showalter and David Wain out this week. Vulture describes the parody film, which skewers the romantic comedy genre, as “Borrowing heavily from Nora Ephron, Woody Allen, and Jane Austen”—which is a nearly foolproof way to get us to see a movie.

The pop culture site asked Rudd and co-star Amy Poehler what their favorite romantic comedies were, and Rudd’s answer was entirely unsurprising for a Jewish boy from New Jersey.

Annie Hall is pretty amazing. A lot of the Woody Allen ones are pretty great, but I also love Defending Your Life. Lost in America. Albert Brooks has some — Albert Brooks had a series of movies back-to-back that rivaled just about anything.

Here’s the trailer for the new film, where Rudd references his bubbe. Plus, Max Greenfield!

Stephanie Butnick is deputy editor of Tablet Magazine and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.

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