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What does "You have the charm of Woody Allen" mean?

Asked by minnie19 (435points) July 12th, 2012
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Is it an insult or a compliment.

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Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

It would depend upon the opinion of the person making the statement. To some, Woody Allen is brilliant and clever when it comes to comedy. For others, his charm is limited. Then there are those who are disgusted by the way he took up with his step-daughter and left his wife. The best way to find out is to ask the person who said it.

cazzie's avatar

I like a lot of Woody Allen’s work, but I do not think he is charming at all. I would think it an insult. I think the movie ‘What Ever Works’ is somewhat autobiographical for him and I think that the character Larry David plays is based on himself. Very uncharming in a 24/7 way, but quirky enough to be interesting in small doses, perhaps.

minnie19's avatar

I was wearing big glasses at the time he said that.

Harold's avatar

It means you have the potential to shack up with your stepdaughter who is one quarter of your age…...........

Bellatrix's avatar

Given the additional information about the glasses, it sounds as though they were referring to your looks. This is Woody Allen. Do you find him to be a charming looking man? I think the person was being insulting.

minnie19's avatar

Hahah I look nothing like him. Yes, he was probably insulting then…

josie's avatar

Insult or compliment.
Can’t see how it would be a compliment.
What’s left?

bookish1's avatar

Sure sounds like an insult to me !

ucme's avatar

It means you used to be funny, but now you’re just boring & mainstream…at least it could do.

Trillian's avatar

I’d consider it to mean that you were a self absorbed hack.

Sunny2's avatar

I think it was just a passing comment because of the glasses. Don’t take iit to heart.

gailcalled's avatar

You hang out with interesting people?

Kardamom's avatar

Back in the old days, it used to mean that a man was funny, but not physically attractive.

Today, it usually means that someone thinks the guy is a pervert. If you will recall he was in a “common law” marriage with Mia Farrow for 10 years. Mia Farrow adopted a bunch of children of her own, including a girl named Soon Yi Previn (Mia Farrow had been married to Andre Previn, so Mia Farrow and Andre Previn are Soon Yi’s legal adoptive parents) and then Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, who had been together for many years had a biological son, Satchel, together, and Woody and Mia adopted 2 other kids together Moshe and Dylan. So basically, for all intents and purposes, Woody Allen was the father figure, if not the legal step-father for all of Mia Farrow’s adopted children, as well as being the biological/legal father of Satchel and legal adoptive father for Moshe and Dylan.

For those of you keeping score, Soon-Yi Previn is the legal sister of Satchel, Moshe and Dylan, but because she was adopted, they are not blood related.

Anyoo, when Soon-Yi was 20 years old, and Woody Allen was in his late 40’s, it was discovered that he had been having a secret sexcual affair with her, even though he was still with (but not legally married to) Mia Farrow. Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn ultimately married each other.

Because he wasn’t married to Mia Farrow, apparently it was not technically considered to be incest, but because of the actual familial situation, and the fact that Allen’s 3 children with Farrow, are the legal siblings of Soon-Yi, it’s pretty gross and disgusting. (Hey look, Daddy’s having sex with our sister!) And the fact that he was sleeping with his girlfriend’s daughter is pretty disgusting too. And the fact that no one knows how long the sexual affair with Soon-Yi was going on before it was discovered, she might have been under-age when it started, and he was old enough to be her grandfather, which is kind of disgusting in it’s own sweet little way.

So either way, it’s not considered to be a compliment, but the first example is not nearly as bad as the second example.

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