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- Commentary by director/star Edward Burns
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Burns loves New York and that much is readily clear in Looking for Kitty, a reflection of two lost and lonely men that if not quite an "odd couple" are different and idiosyncratic enough to create a nice contrast set against the big city. Burns plays Jack Stanton, a small-time detective hired by Abe, a Peekskill softball coach whose wife has run out on him. Jack is a misanthrope who doesn't eat in restaurants and as we discover, is still profoundly affected by the death of his wife. Abe is slightly goofy, but kind-hearted, avoiding coffee and "international foods" of all kinds (except Italian.) The picture is rounded out by a supporting cast of characters that underscore themes of loneliness and isolation. Without every going too dark or depressing, Looking for Kitty is bittersweet and ultimately hopeful, and a film worth returning to time and again.
As with all of Burns' own pictures, the commentary track is great, insightful and lively, and demonstrates why his films are as good as they are -- he's interesting and he's full of interesting ideas. Can't say I agree with all of them, however.Read more ›
Burns may never make a masterpiece, but I find his films since NO LOOKING BACK honest explorations of working-class people in New York, who aren't always treated any more three-dimensionally in film than any other groups (I actually find his two most successful films, McMULLEN and SHE'S THE ONE, his weakest!). He attracts good casts and gets good performances out of them.
KITTYis a bit more of a "chamber piece" than the ensemble-based GROOMSMEN; shot on digital video, focusing largely on two guys, and running roughly 80 minutes, KITTY is a quiet character study, and not wholly succesful at that -- Burns as an actor, writer and director generally "underplays" -- there are many times in his two recent films that you feel he's on the verge of something really special, but never quite gets over the edge. But if you like New York cinema, Ed Burns, David Krumholz, or dramatic comedy charactery-type films, you certainly could give this a view, and won't regret it.
To this reviewer's way of thinking, Burns' unique gifts that many folks began to appreciate with his 1995 debut, "The Brothers McMullen," are still on display--and have naturally matured. Some of the music in "Looking for Kitty" reminded me of that debut, and the writer/director/actor's charm is still there. Plus, there is something nearly noble these days about a comedy that actually contains serious, reflective themes as well. With this movie, you may well chuckle, laugh out loud--and even be reminded of the pleasures, suffering, and mysteries of life. The characters are believable and recognizable--and the story is a bittersweet one.
For a fellow not quite 40, Mr. Burns has given us some highlights in the last decade or so--and "Looking for Kitty" may turn out to be one of the darkhorses.
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A buddy man's movie with a new york back drop. I appreciate movies that show the true ambiance of a town or city on location. Read morePublished 18 days ago by pattk77
Eddie B is da best in the buisness! A workin class mans woody allen. Ive got all of his indy movies and have watched em dozens of times,the commentaries are golden. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Billy .E. Jones
A lovely, well-written, and understated film by Edward Burns. I hate to fall into the cliche of "there are two types of people in the world... Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Jrobby
great writer, director, actor. his films are so true to life. wonderful artist - great new yorker - you can see he loves his statePublished on July 19, 2013 by stardustsara
I don't know why this is called a "comedy" on the box, nor do I see the Woody Allen aspect of this film. Bittersweet is a very apt description for this slow paced movie. Read morePublished on July 9, 2012 by The Movie Guy
i puchased this movie because i love the panasonic dvx100b camcorder and this film was shot with that camera, i am a digital filmmaker myself meaning that i only shoot on digital... Read morePublished on January 31, 2008 by Alexandra Bunch
If you love New York...and love the craziness that goes along with daily life in NY....then you will absolutely adore this movie. I have watched it so many times now. Read morePublished on May 8, 2007 by Diane Offutt