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Sidewalks of New York

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Sidewalks Of New York

Special Features

  • Anatomy of a Scene: Sidewalks of New York - Making Of Documentary

Product Details

  • Actors: Edward Burns, Heather Graham, Penny Balfour, Michael Leydon Campbell, Nadia Dajani
  • Directors: Edward Burns
  • Writers: Edward Burns
  • Producers: Edward Burns, Aaron Lubin, Brian Burns, Cathy Schulman, Frank Prinzi
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2002
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CY2S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,734 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sidewalks of New York" on IMDb

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By carol irvin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 9, 2002
Format: DVD
Prior to seeing Woody Allen's worst movie, "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion," I probably would have given Ed Burns's "Sidewalks of New York" a 4 star review because it was too derivative of Woody Allen's work. However, "Curse" showed that Allen is now past being able to make this kind of film and that someone new must step up to the writing, directing, acting helm of these gem-like, relationship slice-of-life films. Ed Burns fills that void very nicely indeed and it is a lot to ask, that someone be able to write, direct and act. Burns himself will never be a comic like Woody Allen but he is a more credible romantic leading man, being young, handsome and with attractive ways about him. This film takes a handful of New Yorkers and puts them into a variety of relationship quandries.

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.
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Edward Burns has made a very good film of the romantic comedy genre, about the complex lives of six New Yorker's whose lives intersect at some point during the movie. Filmed in a documentary style, one can't help but feel the spontaneity and good acting of the cast, made more intimate by the ambient New York setting. What I liked about the movie was the realism it depicted, and the vulnerablities and fears playing on the lives of people in relationships. This is the first movie of Edward Burns I have seen and I can't wait to see his other works of art. If you want to know more about relationships and the human condition, watch this film. Highly recommended.
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Ed Burns scored a home-run in this movie. If I didn't know better, I'd have sworn it was a Woody Allen film, it had that same combination of funny, warm, honest, dry, slice-of-life humor.

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.
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Sidewalks of New York is a film that wants oh-so-badly to be 'hip.' Unfortunately for Mr. Burns, trying to be 'hip' is the one thing that is absolutely guaranteed to spoil the effect. It is also a film that desperately wants to be Husbands and Wives. Again, unfortunately, Burns is decidedly no Woody Allen.
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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