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One of Woody Allen's earlier, more slapstick-oriented efforts, Bananas tells the story of Fielding Mellish (Allen), a neurotic New Yorker who follows the object of his affections, Nancy (Louise Lasser), to the fictional Central American country of San Marcos, where she is involved in a revolution. Nancy wants nothing to do with Fielding, but he soon becomes a guest of the country's dictator (Carlos Montalban), before accidentally becoming the leader of San Marcos himself. Fielding is eventually shipped back to the US and tried as a subversive, but being that this is a comedy, and an… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"It is a funny picture - not too consistently, and certainly not too coherently, but when it hits, it hits."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Allen's view of the world is fraught with everything except pathos, and it's a view I happen to find very funny."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Although some of the humor falls flat in this early Allen comedy, his satire of revolutions and revolutionaries is perpetually topical; subsequent events in Central America have only enhanced the film's appeal."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An attempt to capture the same zaniness the Marx Brothers had in Duck Soup."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A severely overrated Allen project. This campy string of unfunny gags does not hold up."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Bananas is chockfull of sight gags, one-liners and swiftly executed unnecessary excursions into vulgarity whose humor for the most part can't make up for content."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Rapid-fire gags and some inspired one-liners qualify this as an early classic from Allen."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"A study of the Cuban Revolution by way of Freedonia"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"I still love Woody's masked parents."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"One of Woody's earliest, silliest, and funniest flicks."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Wonderfully incoherent."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"One of the early, funny films that a more mature Allen would dismiss later in his career, but nevertheless worth seeing again and again."
‑ , Film4
"Inspired by the Marx Brothers comedies (specifically Duck Soup), Woody Allen made a leap forward as filmmaker in his second feature, a zany satire composed of riotous sketches and incoherent but funny one-liners."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Yes, Allen has made better movies -- lots of them -- but I'm not sure he ever made anything funnier."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"...inspired zaniness."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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