New York City Serenade (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

New York City Serenade (2007)



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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 night falls he strives to forget about his dead end job by drinking the town dry and raising hell with Owen and company. The late night hours, when Owen and Ray inevitably end up at raucous parties with uninhibited women and plenty of booze, are usually when things get really interesting though. One day, after Owen receives word that his latest film has been invited to screen in a popular festival, the lives of these two best friends begin to travel down divergent paths. Now Ray begins to see himself in competition with Lynn for Owens attentions, and the death of a friend's father prompts both friends to stand back and take stock of their lives. Later, after Owen and Ray meet actor Wallace Shawn at the airport, the unlikely trio strikes up an amiable friendship. Trouble soon arises, however, when Owen discovers that Ray has been posing as Shawn's son and the two part ways on unfriendly terms. But as with most lifelong friends it's only a matter of time before Owen and Ray find their way back into one another's company, and eighteen months apart can work wonders for healing old wounds.
R (for language, brief sexuality and drug use)
Comedy , Drama
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Critic Reviews for New York City Serenade

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6)

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

Full Review… | March 6, 2009
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.

Full Review… | March 6, 2009
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.

Full Review… | March 4, 2009
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | September 17, 2007
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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.

Courtney Lacey
Courtney Lacey

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.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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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