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With: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, John Buckwalter, Patrick Horgan, Susan Sontag, Saul Bellow, Irving Howe
Written by: Woody Allen
Directed by: Woody Allen
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 79
Date: 07/15/1983

Zelig (1983)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Loose Change

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Woody Allen's Zelig (1983) perfected the fake documentary a year before This Is Spinal Tap. Allen plays Leonard Zelig, the changing man: a man so insecure with his own persona that he physically morphs to match whomever he's with. I loved this movie the first time I saw it, but it's a one-joke idea stretched to 79 minutes, and it doesn't hold up more than once.

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