A New Leaf (1971)
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as Henry Graham
as Henrietta Lowell
as Andy McPherson
as Uncle Harry
as Harold Henry, Graham's Butler
as Mrs. Traggert
as Gloria Cunliffe
as Sally Hart
as Mrs. Heinrich
as Mr. Van Rensaeller
as Girl at Charity Ball
Critic Reviews for A New Leaf
A film of such wit and comic invention that it belongs among the great American comedies.
Henry's attempted seduction of Henrietta is a masterpiece of slow-burn hilarity - just wait till you hear the way Matthau rolls his tongue around the horrors of 'Mogen David's extra heavy Malaga wine... with lime juice'.
A screwball-oddball comedy that deserves far more attention than it gets...
It's great fun to watch Walter Matthau play against type as a spoilt trust fund kid, but it's the versatile and inventive May that he (and the audience) fall for.
Elaine May's directorial debut, a beautifully refined exposition of screwball comedy's brackish side
Audience Reviews for A New Leaf
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.
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