The 1970s was a heyday for kooky New York characters name-checked in long-winded movie titles: Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?, Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basel E. Frankweiler. Surprisingly, Woody Allen didn’t take advantage of this trend; his only long-winded title was this anthology inspired by Dr. David Reuben’s book of the same title. Allen’s version is far less educational than Reuben’s; it takes the form of several unrelated sketches, each of which purports to answer a question posed in Reuben’s book. The funniest bits are the first and last. The opener, “Do Aphrodisiacs Work?,” is a medieval farce featuring Allen as a court jester and Lynn Redgrave as a queen trapped in a chastity belt. The climactic sketch, “What Happens During Ejaculation?,” stars Allen as a sperm. The rest are hit-and-miss and awfully dated but still pretty hilarious. Allen’s $2 million picture scored $18 million at the box office, proving that, when it comes to titles, size doesn’t matter.
Movies with Long Titles
- Glut’s in a Name
- Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx
- The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain
- Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
- To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar
- Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
- The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!?
- Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?
- Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama’s Hung You in the Closet, and I’m Feeling So Sad
- Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)