New York City Serenade (2007)
Average Rating: 3.3/10
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Average Rating: 2.8/10
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Two lifelong pals living in New York City discover that sometimes the only way to remain friends is to grow apart in this semi-autobiographical drama from screenwriter/director Frank Whaley. Owen (Freddie Prinze, Jr. is an aspiring filmmaker who frequently spends the early hours of the evening with his girlfriend Lynn (Jamie-Lynn Siegler) before ducking out to watch best-friend Ray (Chris Klein)'s provide the beats for his popular bar band. By day Owen may work at the local photomat, but when
Sep 13, 2007 Wide
Mar 24, 2009
Anchor Bay Entertainment
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One of those pointless indies that you'll have forgotten before the credits roll.
The overgrown boys at its center are so unappealing that the setting certainly won't make their trials worth your time.
The movie is a character study about two underachieving dullards scarcely worth contemplating.
The reason this 2007 drama has languished for so long could be that it's a bromance whose moment has only now arrived; more likely, it's because Frank Whaley's lightweight slice of life is so crashingly ordinary.
This ersatz Swingers attempts to tap into the male psyche as represented by a pair of one-note losers (played by Freddie Prinze Jr. and Chris Klein), but the self-absorbed film keeps playing the same, talky refrain.
The contrast is inviting, the emotional momentum is there, and the dramatic situations are ripe with potential...and then the viewer is faced with Klein, Prinze Jr., and Sigler doing all the heavy lifting. How deflating.
Uninspired performances and a lack of chemistry fail to project whatever has brought and kept the film's odd couple together.
Suffers from mediocre performances and a contrived and silly screenplay that, ultimately, makes it falls flat as a drama, comedy and satire.
Possesses a poorly explored but fecund meta-analysis of juvenile semi-stardom that demands a more sensitive treatment.
Prinze's limited range as an actor drags down a spirited performance by Klein, but the script is too awful to give either of them much hope.
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