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New York City Serenade (2007)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 15 August 2008 (UK)
Two down on their luck childhood friends struggle to figure out their lives. Ray a drummer in a rock and roll band, and Owen an aspiring film maker spend most of their time working menial ... See full summary »

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Frank Whaley

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Frank Whaley
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Cast

Credited cast:
Freddie Prinze Jr. ... Owen
Chris Klein ... Ray
Jamie-Lynn Sigler ... Lynn
Ben Schwartz ... Russ
Christopher DeBlasio ... Ben
Jeff Skowron ... Matt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Todd Barry ... Smark
Kate Bayley Kate Bayley ... Condiments Girl
Emma Bell ... Lindsay
Alexander Chaplin ... Terry
Joanna Chilcoat Joanna Chilcoat ... Girl #1 (Dawn)
Chase Coleman ... Jock 1
Raymond De Felitta ... Chuck P. Solizo
Nada Despotovich Nada Despotovich ... Miss Lormph
Tony Devon ... Glenn
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Two down on their luck childhood friends struggle to figure out their lives. Ray a drummer in a rock and roll band, and Owen an aspiring film maker spend most of their time working menial jobs and drinking. When Owen's fiancé Lynn breaks off their engagement he finds himself spiraling, and allows Ray to come along with him to a two bit film festival he has been invited to in Kansas. There Owen makes several attempts to patch up his relationship, while Ray scams them into a deluxe suite at the local Four Seasons hotel by posing as Wally Shawn's son (who happens to be receiving a lifetime achievement award) and generally causes a major ruckus. By the end, Owen decides to make some changes in their relationship and in his life. Written by F. Whaley

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Good friends are hard to find.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, brief sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Apaixonados em Nova York See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,509
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IKM Productions See more »
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Dolby

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Color
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Trivia

The title is originally a Bruce Springsteen song off his 1974 album, "The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle". The song is about a young boy struggling to make it in the underbelly of New York. See more »

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References The Princess Bride (1987) See more »

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Performed By The Skull Snaps
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A road movie without roads, a coming-of-age movie for grownups
5 October 2010 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

I knew nothing about this movie, wasn't familiar with the director, and didn't recognize any of the actors except for Wallace Shawn (Princess Bride) who makes a brief cameo. I was really impressed at how entertaining it was and how it so accurately & honestly portrayed a 'bromance' (close friendship between hetero guys).

There isn't a lot of plot. This is much like a road movie where the story unfolds as randomly as real life. Seemingly disconnected events occur--a party, a funeral, a plane trip, a hotel jaunt--and these events uncover the friendship between two buddies who are rapidly passing the age of immaturity (20-something) and entering the so-called serious phase of life (30-something). The problem is that one of them (Chris Klein) is not so ready to embrace that life, and his unerring capacity to get his buddy (Freddy Prinze Jr.) into trouble causes some friction.

In a weird way, this movie is almost like a romantic comedy between 2 guys but without any romance.

The two actors did a great job, particularly Chris Klein who plays the clown but in a very laid back & believable way. Freddy plays the straight man who, in an unusual twist, is more neurotic & spazzy than the clown. It's a lot of fun to watch.

The pace of this film is a bit slower than most mainstream flicks. The director is not afraid to dwell on some scenes & images for the sake of establishing a mood, and I liked that. Also the director resisted the temptation to hit us with a predictable Hollywood ending, and I also liked that.

I can't think of many films I'd compare this to (which says a lot for the movie). But the films that come to mind are "Grand Theft Parsons" and maybe a very laid-back version of "Planes, Trains & Automobiles".


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