Beside Themselves
All of Me
Review by Ross Anthony

Steve Martin gives a performance and a half (half the time he's animating his body for Lily Tomlin while she voices over.) After several very funny disjointed, loosely structured comedies, "All of Me" marks one of the first films in Martin's career that actually feels like a normal picture. That's not to say his previous works stink -- oh no, I loved them. I eagerly awaited each one. "The Jerk" has cinematic problems -- but it also has some of the best belly-laugh sequences in all of film.

These days (2004), Steve Martin's comedy has lost some of it's luster -- but in the old days, he could just walk up to the microphone and the crowd would crack up uncontrollably.

"All of me" is very funny, but not too outlandish, risque (at times) but not disgusting. A quality comedy with a heart that the whole family can enjoy. Torn between his jazz music and a real job (estate lawyer for his fiancee's father), Steve bumps into Lily, a dying woman intent on cheating death by transplanting her soul into a younger prettier vixen. Of course, her clever little plan has a few hiccups.



  • All of Me. Copyright © 1984.
  • Starring Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, Victoria Tennant, Richard Libertini, Dana Elcar, Selma Diamond.
  • Directed by Carl Reiner.
  • Screenplay by Phil Alden Robinson.



Grade..........................A (3.5/4)



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