New York City Serenade (2007)
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Critic Reviews for New York City Serenade
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.
Audience Reviews for New York City Serenade
Frank Whaley has written and directed a true Rotten Tomato. All i can say is wow. I only finished watching because the acting was so bad it was quite funny. You don't buy any of the emotions these characters are supposedly feeling. The ending scene is like a fifty pound block of cheese. This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. If you enjoy laughing at terrible performances.New York City Serenade will give you some laughs.
A bit of a downer of a movie and the characters lack likability. Good try, but the film just doesn't have an interesting enough story and it takes too long to redeem itself. Decent acting.
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.
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