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New York, I Love You (2008)

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Several love stories set in one of the most loved cities of the world, New York.

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Ben (segment "Jiang Wen")
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Call Girl (segment "Yvan Attal")
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Writer (segment "Yvan Attal")
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Anna (segment "Yvan Attal") (as Robin Wright Penn)
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Boy (segment "Brett Ratner")
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Mr. Riccoli (segment "Brett Ratner")
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Actress (segment "Brett Ratner")
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Ex-Girlfriend (segment "Brett Ratner")
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Storyline

Eleven vignettes, all homages to New York City life, are presented. I. Ben, a pickpocket, is attracted to Molly on first sight, and gets into an interesting "pissing match" with Molly's married lover, NYU professor Garry. II. Mansuhkhbai, an orthodox Jain diamond wholesaler, and Rifka, an orthodox Jewish diamond retailer who is getting married tomorrow, learn that they have more in common than just diamonds. III. David, a musician and music editor for a video being directed by Abarra, is having problems meeting Abarra's demands while he slowly falls for Abarra's assistant, Camille, who he's never met but has only talked to on the telephone solely about work. IV. A young man believes he's made a powerful connection to a stranger, a young woman, in the simple act of lighting her cigarette, and proceeds to convince her of the same and as such that there is a future for them from that point on, and not at some unspecified time down the road. V. A high school senior, who has been dumped by... Written by Huggo

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every moment another story begins

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Release Date:

16 October 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

New York, je t'aime  »

Box Office

Budget:

$14,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$380,776 (USA) (16 October 2009)

Gross:

$1,585,859 (USA) (18 December 2009)
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Trivia

Two actresses who have played love interests of Hayden Christensen (who also appears in this film) are in this film: Natalie Portman and Rachel Bilson. See more »

Goofs

Natalie Portman's character, while discussing the rules of kosher, states she cannot eat "nothing that's not blessed by a rabbi." This is a common error - the production of kosher food is overseen by a rabbi, but the final products are not blessed. See more »

Quotes

Anna: Have you ever made love to a perfect stranger?
Alex: Now you're teasing me.
Anna: I believe I am.
Alex: Well, I mean... No, not exactly a perfect stranger, if you mean someone I wouldn't know at all.
Anna: It's sad.
Alex: It's sad? Why?
Anna: Because there's almost nothing more exciting than fucking somebody you don't know. Right? You don't know their name, barely saw their face.
Alex: Don't... Don't tell me your name.
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Connections

Followed by Rio, I Love You (2014) See more »

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Un Bouqet Des Violettes
(In segment "Shekhar Kapur")
Written by Paul Cantelon
Performed by Hila Plitmann
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A nice idea comes up short
5 November 2009 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

A few years ago Paris je t'aime, or Paris, I Love You came out featuring some amazing talents like the Coen brothers, Alfonso Cuaron, Gus Van Sant, and Alexander Payne. It consisted of 20 very short films, each with their own unique style and storyline, only they all shared the same setting of Paris. Three years later, another group of filmmakers and writers, including the late, great Anthony Minghella, decided to make a film consisting of short vignettes called New York, I Love You.

The idea is nice. It's endearing how a group of people can come together and present several different stories about a place that they love.

(Pause for nice, smiling moment)

Okay, back to the film. Now that we can agree that this is a nice idea, I think it's time to get serious. Much like Paris je t'aime, there are parts of this film that are nice. Still, overall I can't help but disagree with the construction of this film. I thought the stories were clever, but if I liked the story I didn't like the acting, or if I liked the acting, the directing was off. It was a never-ending stream of likes and dislikes.

There are some interesting segments. Brett Ratner's segment about a teenager trying to go to prom is clever and entertaining, starring Anton Yelchin, Olivia Thirlby, and James Caan. I thought Caan gave the most honest performance in the whole film. He had the look and most of all the sound of a New Yorker. I was even impressed with Natalie Portman's segment which follows a man looking after a young girl in Central Park.

There was nothing that blew me away like some of the parts of Paris, je t'aime. There was nothing here that made me say, "Wow!" For a film like this nice just doesn't cut it. I can forgive a few bad shorts for one or two really good ones. At least I can take something away from the film. I all took away from this were the various settings that New York City has to offer.

Making a compilation film is risky. One bad egg can spoil the rest, or in this case a lot of mediocre eggs can make for a bland film. New York, I Love You has a lot of potential, but doesn't pull it off.


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