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Sidewalks of New York (2001)

The interlocking lives and loves of six New Yorkers.

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Young Hooker
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Tommy
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Katy
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Annie
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Dental Hygienist
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Dr. Lance (as Tim Jerome)
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Ben
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Make-up Girl
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Elevator Girl
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Ashley
Ted Neustadt ...
Doctor
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Storyline

Six New Yorkers have an interrelated series of relationships. TV producer Tommy, who's just broken up with his girlfriend, has a short relationship with commitment-phobe Maria, who he meets in a video store, and also hooks up with married real-estate agent Annie, who he meets while apartment hunting. Annie is open to a relationship because her husband, Griffin, is cheating on her, which she slowly comes to realize through talking to her friend/co-worker who's gone through the same thing. Griffin, a 39-year-old dentist, is cheating with 19-year-old waitress Ashley, who he picked up in a park; she realizes she can do better when Ben, a hotel doorman and aspiring musician, tries to pick her up, in a belated attempt to recover from his divorce a year ago from schoolteacher Maria (the same Maria from the video store). Most of these relationships seem driven more by a desperate need to be in a relationship than actual love. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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30 November 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Calles de Nueva York  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$545,132 (USA) (23 November 2001)

Gross:

$2,402,459 (USA) (10 May 2002)
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Carpo: I'm going to tell you something, I'm speaking from experience here. I am about the biggest dog there is. But it is not a good idea to fool around with married women. It's bad karma, kid.
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Lush Life
(1938)
Written by Billy Strayhorn
Performed by Chet Baker
Courtesy of Blue Note Records, a Division of Capitol Records, Inc.
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Overdone to evoke the harsh concept of disconnectedness.
11 May 2001 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA) – See all my reviews

The situations are conspicuously overdone to drive the underlying story, but the side walk interviews do succeed in neutralizing this potentially myopic trap. Writer/Director Burns illustrates the concept of friendship separated form love which is separated from sex.

He shows how everything is incomplete and even hollow if those three critical elements of a relationship are way out of balance. A sufficient background is developed for the characters to understand their motivations and what led their lives to this point, but there is a reliance on the audience's own knowledge to complete the concept which may make this movie suit the 25 and over crowd.

The web of deceit is spun into a fable where the guilty learn their lessons as they cause the innocent fall from grace. The movie is nearly two hours long, and does feel a little slow, but Burns put in what needs to be there to make his view of neo-post-love sexual relations work.

Stanley Tucci had the busiest role as the two timing dentist with his affair on the side. Even his affair is knocked aside when it is inconvenient. Heather Graham finally gets to display her ability to act. She effectively takes her character through the biggest transformation in the story which could be an allegory for modern society's excuse for love. This will feel slow, but the purpose of that will become more apparent in the end.


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