Be sure to try new things: Woody Allen's New York soul has voyaged to Europe before ("Love and Death," "Match Point," "Zelig" to name three) but never like this. Keep an eye on your stuff, and don't forget a map: The boyish American writer Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) loses his mojo and goes on a quest to find the Jazz Age spirit of Paris and the secret message in the diary of Picasso's mistress. Drink with the locals: Gil's adventure would never have happened if he didn't get drunk, ditch his casually cruel fiancée Inez (Rachel McAdams) and climb into an old-fashioned car with boozy people who travel through time. Bring a good book: You'll need a library card to get all the references in Allen's film, with supporting characters like Ernest Hemingway, Zelda Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot, and Gertrude Stein. Take lots of pictures: Woody just loves Paris at midnight... and at twilight...and in the sun... and in the rain.
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