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New York City Serenade

New York City Serenade (2007)



Average Rating: 2.8/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 6

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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


Drama, Comedy

Mar 24, 2009

Anchor Bay Entertainment

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (12) | DVD (1)

One of those pointless indies that you'll have forgotten before the credits roll.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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The overgrown boys at its center are so unappealing that the setting certainly won't make their trials worth your time.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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The movie is a character study about two underachieving dullards scarcely worth contemplating.

March 6, 2009
New York Times
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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.

March 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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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.

September 19, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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A series of sour notes.

September 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

March 16, 2009 Full Review Source:

Uninspired performances and a lack of chemistry fail to project whatever has brought and kept the film's odd couple together.

March 12, 2009 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Suffers from mediocre performances and a contrived and silly screenplay that, ultimately, makes it falls flat as a drama, comedy and satire.

March 7, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Possesses a poorly explored but fecund meta-analysis of juvenile semi-stardom that demands a more sensitive treatment.

March 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

...a well-intentioned effort...

October 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

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.

October 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Doesn't break enough rules of the mid-1990's Sundance coming-of-age buddy template to bring any new insights to the bonds of male friendship.

September 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Audience Reviews for New York City Serenade

A smart, compelling and wickedly enteraining movie. A brilliant, sharp, very funny and very moving drama that shows sheer realism in the lives and emotions of these characters. A great mix of comedy in drama that actually blend in well together. Freddie rince Jr. and Chris Klein are outstanding, giving honest, enduring and flat-out wonderful performances that truly shine. A wonderful film from the begining to it's very powerful and realising conclusion.
June 27, 2009

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Chris Klein is very good at playing an as$hole in this comedy-drama co-starring Freddie Prinze Jr. [good performance by him as well]. In some ways it's very cliche... they're best friends that are so different that they make you wonder why they're even friends with each other, and they're both in a rut working menial jobs. Chris Klein's character Ray is a slick-talking loser, band member, and alcoholic...who happens to be a father to a little girl [whose mother seems to hate his guts]. Freddie Prinze Jr.'s character Owen is an aspiring filmmaker who gets a good opportunity to make some minor connections when his short film is nominated in a film festival in Kansas. Owen wants to share this experience with his fiance before he screws things up with her. Owen invites Ray to go with him to the film festival and Ray takes this as an opportunity to have some fun and act like a big shot. Ray is the type of friend who constantly gets you into trouble; this leads to a showdown between him and Owen which makes them question why they were ever friends to begin with. At this turning point they take steps toward making changes in their lives [That's all I'll say without ruining the ending]. Overall this is a compelling independent film with good performances and a realistic ending.
February 9, 2010

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