A New Leaf 1971

A New Leaf

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A spoiled and self-absorbed man who has squandered his inheritance, Henry Graham (Walter Matthau) is desperate to find a way to maintain his lavish lifestyle. Henry sees an opportunity when he meets Henrietta Lowell (Elaine May), an awkward and bookish heiress. Though Henry courts Henrietta, he has no intention of remaining with her, and he develops a surprisingly sinister scheme. As Henry attempts to execute his plan, he finds that seeing it through may not be as easy as he had thought.

Cast

Walter Matthau
as Henry Graham
Elaine May
as Henrietta Lowell
Jack Weston
as Andy McPherson
James Coco
as Uncle Harry
George Rose
as Harold Henry, Graham's Butler
Doris Roberts
as Mrs. Traggert
Rose Arrick
as Gloria Cunliffe
Renée Taylor
as Sally Hart
Mildred Clinton
as Mrs. Heinrich
Fred Stewart
as Mr. Van Rensaeller
Carol Morley
as Girl at Charity Ball
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Critic Reviews for A New Leaf

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (35)

  • Reveals the essence of marital love more brutally than many confrontational melodramas.

    February 6, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A film of such wit and comic invention that it belongs among the great American comedies.

    December 13, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • It's sophisticated and funny, adroitly put together for the most part.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • Elaine May's directorial debut still makes for cherishable comedy viewing precisely because she eschewed the modish flash her former cabaret partner Mike Nichols brought to his movie-making.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Paul Taylor

    Time Out
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  • The movie being shown at the Music Hall is so nutty and so funny, so happily reminiscent of the screwball comedies people aren't supposed to be able to make any more, I'm quite satisfied to let things stand.

    May 9, 2005 | Full Review…
  • One of the funniest movies of our unfunny age.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A New Leaf

  • Oct 29, 2018
    The ending is a bit hard to buy (which is a flaw that should be attributed to the producer who re-cut the film against Elaine May's wishes), but still this is a refreshing and extremely funny comedy that benefits from an excellent script and Matthau's hilarious performance.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 08, 2014
    Its a shame we never have and probably never will see May's original three hour cut because as wonderfully weird and funny as the current version is, the film's energy does fizzle out towards the end. Perhaps with the darker subplots restored this could change, but since that is unlikely I'll take the sweet, oddball romantic comedy we got instead.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 15, 2010
    Why have I not heard of this movie before?! Walther Matthau was great as a scheming playboy & I only just found out here that Elaine May directed & starred.A VERY good movie & a great ending.I loved it
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2007
    It's great--unique, funny, bizarre.
    Morris N Super Reviewer

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