woody allen poses a fundamental, and very interesting, question with this picture: is life drama or comedy? is it just a matter of interpretation? he sets the scene with a group of people talking over dinner (my dinner with andre’s wallace shawn makes an apt appearance in these scenes) about this very question. one of the people at the table lays down some basic plot points (which allen skips over) in a story and asks his friends to judge whether it’s a comedy or a drama. shawn and his counterpart each tell the story in their vision – one comic and one dramatic – while keeping the basic plot the same. the rest of the film is allen’s postmodern exercise.