Often, when we envision a damsel in distress we imagine characters like the protagonist of the 1914 silent film serial entitled The Perils of Pauline, Lois Lane hoping to be rescued by Superman, or the beefy Belle Rosen demonstrating her swimming technique in 1972's The Poseidon Adventure.
Woody Allen has managed to tell a juicy, colorful social tale rife with undertones that speak volumes of the dark times we are living in. He manages to make the characters' lives not only theirs, but ours -- whichever side of the dollar we have found ourselves on.
It's no surprise that every season, award shows completely overlook deserving actors, films or shows, and these glaring omissions don't simply startle fans who want their favorite actors, films and shows to be embraced.
The film is not overly complex, but hits the requisite emotional notes. When you find a group of, often cynical, critics applauding at the end of a screening, you know you've stumbled upon a film whose verve and charm are contagious.