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Approaching Union Square (2006)

Based on stage monologues, Approaching Union Square is a collage of eleven tales capturing thirty-something New Yorkers struggling to find love and connection in the big city. They all cross paths on a New York City bus.

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Dyanne (segment "Foreshadowing")
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Nathan (segment "Coney Island Dog")
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Stefani (segment "Subway Boy")
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Silvio (segment "My First Impressions of America")
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Heidi (segment "Labor Intensive")
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Brad (segment "The Ex-Girlfirend")
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Chris (segment "After the Wake")
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Megan (segment "Manager's Office")
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Leonard (segment "Last Apology")
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Character (segment "What I'm Most Afraid Of")
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Stefani's Sister (segment "Subway Boy")
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Stefani's Friend (segment "Subway Boy")
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One at a time we meet 11 people in the hour or night before they board a morning cross-town bus in Manhattan. Some have been engaged in significant conversations: talking to a psychiatrist about premonitions, breaking off an affair, working out internal issues. We see others being trivial or self-absorbed: a hound with an STD, a woman with a large phone bill, another who may have met Mr. Right. After we've met all 11, we join them on the bus. One has what may be a seizure. What's going on? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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They're all white...
8 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I got caught up in this movie because of the first "monologue" with the psychiatrist. I knew it would have some sort of payoff later on, so I kept watching.

But I was expecting a gritty New York movie. That was shattered as soon as they showed all the people on the bus -- they're all white, pretty, preppy, and young 30s. And as the vignettes continued one after the other, we learned that they're all heterosexual.

I think there was a problem in taking what had originally been stage monologues and putting them into scenes with other characters: Most of the speakers came across as either so self-obsessed they were oblivious to letting anyone else speak (as in the woman speaking to her two friends about meeting the man), or surrounded by people who were tired of hearing them whine (as the woman who was talking to her roommate about her cell phone bill -- and where did they get all that floorspace in Manhattan?). Ultimately, I just wanted to shake these characters by the shoulders and yell, "Get over yourself!"


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