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The Last New Yorker (2007)

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Lifelong friends Lenny (Dominic Chianese) and Ruben (Dick Latessa) are both in their 70s and dyed-in-the-wool New Yorkers... See full synopsis »

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Lenny Sugarman
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Connie
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Mimi
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Jerry
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Moses Weiss
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Molly
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Miriam Weiss
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Lifelong friends Lenny (Dominic Chianese) and Ruben (Dick Latessa) are both in their 70s and dyed-in-the-wool New Yorkers... See full synopsis »

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19 February 2010 (USA)  »

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$4,172 (USA) (19 February 2010)

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$6,607 (USA) (26 February 2010)
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A big heart in the Big Apple
16 February 2010 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

No, it's not "Paths of Glory," "Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens," or any of the other half-dozen things one of the other reviewers here evidently wishes it were. But it is something I haven't seen in a while – an honest film about aging and the challenges of moving beyond regrets and missed opportunities toward mature self-fulfillment.

The modest, and I think successful, ambition of Wang's film is to tell a story about the kinds of New Yorkers we don't often see on screen these days against the backdrop of a changing city that no longer offers them the opportunities of days past.

Main character Lenny is moving toward a very literal dead end, facing the prospects of financial ruin and perpetual loneliness, until he meets Mimi and glimpses a way out of the trap his life has become.

For me, the beauty of the film is that it does not at this point become a conventional valentine to December romance, but instead offers a gentle commentary on the meaning of true friendship and finding the courage to move with dignity into life's later stages. The ending may strike some as a bit fanciful, but it makes sense in light of the film's gradual revelation of the real relationship at the heart of the story.

"The Last New Yorker" has a generous spirit, and I would definitely recommend it to those looking for a breather from the standard preconceptions of movie love in the big city.


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