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A Novel Romance (2011)



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Nate Shepherd, late 40's, and Jenny Sparks, early 30's, meet in a fancy New York eatery. Complete strangers who have had a rotten day, waiting for their better halves, they reveal to one another that they are going to meet new people tonight. They quickly realize they are waiting for each other. When Nate loses his girlfriend (after getting fired from his cushy job at an ad agency) and Jenny loses her boyfriend to a drug overdose, Nate's girlfriend suggests that they should move in together as friends to split the rent and ease each others pain. As their friendship grows into something more, their relationship becomes a loving but complicated experience.

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Steve Guttenberg
as Nate Shepard
Milena Govich
as Jenny Sparks
Shannon Elizabeth
as Adi Schwartz
Matthew Del Negro
as Buddy Andrews
Jeffrey Ross
as Douglas Silver
Kelly Bishop
as Lily Sparks
Jay O Sanders
as Walter Evans
Doug E. Doug
as Barry Humfries
Maddie Corman
as Alexandra Dumar
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Critic Reviews for A Novel Romance

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (5)

"A Novel Romance" supplies a response to the question, "Is Steve Guttenberg still working?" but leaves unanswered the natural follow-up: "Why?"

Full Review… | November 11, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

Steve Guttenberg is probably supposed to be a lovable loser in "A Novel Romance," a drab, clumsy film by Allie Dvorin, but he can manage to be merely annoying.

Full Review… | November 10, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

The literary conceit [adds] tired self-deprecating narration and arch chapter titles to the romantic-comedy mix.

Full Review… | November 10, 2011
Top Critic

Cohabitation "commandments" and talk of "chick flicks" further send the material into a cutesy tailspin, with the script's low point an egregious scene featuring Nate sneaking a peek at a silhouette of Jenny undressing behind a curtain.

Full Review… | November 8, 2011
Village Voice
Top Critic

The film looks good, at least. But look past that, and there's not much there.

November 4, 2011
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

As a showcase for Steve Guttenberg's 52-years-young pecs, A Novel Romance might have been better served as a workout video.

Full Review… | November 8, 2011
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for A Novel Romance


Not great, but not as bad as the critic reviews would have you believe. If you can look past a few VERY awkward scenes, which are due more to bad script/editing/directing than acting, this isn't that bad. Steve Guttenberg isn't the world's greatest actor, but he gets a bad rap. There's a lot more to him than Carey Mahoney. Unfortunately, he didn't have a lot to work with here. I still enjoyed it for what it is, a mediocre romcom with the happy and the sad.

Gaspar Oot
Gaspar Oot

Steve Guttenberg is getting too old to play the lead in a romantic comedy like this. The story was not even that well thought out as it was not even remotely realistic. Who is their right mind would just randomly stay at someone's house because their ex died and you had met once before? It's super strange and not even the side story of his writings makes it make any sense.

Sarah Helwig
Sarah Helwig

"A Novel Romance" supplies a response to the question, "Is Steve Guttenberg still working?" but leaves unanswered the natural follow-up: "Why?"

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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