Sidewalks of New York
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Stanley Tucci portrays the least sympathetic as a dentist who suffers from chronic infidelity no matter to whom he is currently married. I was glad to see Brittany Murphy in another role after seeing her play the psychiatric patient to Michael Douglas's psychiatrist in last year's thriller. She is an actress to watch as she is quite different here as Tucci's girlfriend who starts angling towards a New York doorman on the side. Heather Graham does a Mia Farrow like role as Annie, who becomes the Burns the love interest, although it is nip and tuck with the Rosario Dawson biracial teacher with Burns first. There is a scene stealer in this movie though and that actor is Dennis Farina as the older man who counsels Burns on seducing women throughout. He is an absolute lounge lizard creep, a complete turnoff to women everywhere, but I was laughing out loud and holding my sides every time he was on camera.Read more ›
All the characters were believeable, realistic and perfectly cast. Stanley Tucci was perfect as the pathological philandering husband to Heather Graham, who played up the 'highstrung-ness that is characteristic of Allen's leading ladies (Farrow, Keaton)to a 'T'. Meanwhile, Brittany Murphy was admirable as the young and impressionable, but still remarkably self-sufficient love interest to Tucci.
Ed Burns handled his roles as director/actor/writer superbly, as the hot leading man to both Graham and Rosario Dawson. Dawson plays Burns' flaky and indecisively sometimey love interest well; her scene with Burns, outside Burns's house never fails to annoy me, which I guess just goes to show how well Dawson plays her role.
My favorite part of this movie hands down though, is the scene where Burn's older man-friend, played by Dennis Farina, gives Burns 'dating advice'. The way in which Farina confidently insists that Burns "put some cologne on [his] balls" never fails to have me rolling with laughter. What a leech. And what makes it funnier is that Farina really does believe his own advice. Clearly both men come from different schools of 'how to be win over the ladies'. Guess which one Farina comes from?
That this movie isn't all laughs lends to the Allen-esque feel and makes it more endearing.Read more ›
I actually sort of vaguely remember maybe liking She's the One, but I barely remember that film at all, so I'm going to go ahead and say that he isn't a very good filmmaker. Life just isn't fair, is it?
Burns seems to have a reputation for being able to write good dialogue, but he really can't--no, what he does is write his approximation of how he thinks cool people ought to talk, peppered with his own allegedly clever commentary about love, which essentially boils down to shockers about how men and women are, you know, different, and relationships are, you know complicated--for a film that's meant to be a hip, irreverant view of relationships, there's precious little actual insight here. I'd go so far as to say there's none, actually.
Burns's characters are--let's not fool ourselves--shallow and dull. Not that shallow and dull characters can't be made to be interesting, but Burns, as previously noted, is no Woody Allen. And in any case, they're not MEANT to be that way here. They are annoying and artificial, with somewhat disturbingly one-tracked minds (sex, natch), frequently acting how Burns needs them to act to get a properly pat ending, rather than in any way that actual humans would behave. And on a side note, how is it that a movie about Modern Love has no gay characters?
Okay, so it's not all bad--I liked it when characters yelled at each other, (yelling's always fun), and Dennis Farina is somewhat amusing as a uber-Don Juan type, but honestly, people, is this what passes for clever nowadays? And so our standards continue to drop...
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Just buy it and watch it, you'll love it. If you like artsy filmmaking, New York City, or sex and romance, its a great movie. Lots of hot male and female actors in their prime.Published 23 days ago by John Catapano
I Really enjoyed it and as I am Irish I enjoy the Irish family theme and love the director and have watched all his movies. This is a solid 4 to 4 and a half,Published 2 months ago by patricio
It was so entertaining. Lovely movie. Edward Burns is such a pleasure to look at.Published 3 months ago by yanira nazario
One of my favorite movies and Edward Burns's best overall film in my opinion.Published 8 months ago by A. Etchechury
It seems like a cable series featuring these characters would be a great way to keep these stories going plus by adding new characters (I'm sure Ed Burns has plenty of people... Read morePublished 11 months ago by NHP
A real crowd pleaser. Something for all to gain from. A triumph for the writer/director.Published 17 months ago by A. Nat Curtis
If you love Brittney Murphy like I do you must think of watch this movie she knows how to act her part she was the best r.i.p. Read morePublished 21 months ago by dale l naylor