5 user 16 critic

New York City Serenade (2007)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 15 August 2008 (UK)
Two down on their luck childhood friends struggle to figure out their lives. Ray a drummer in a rock and roll band, and Owen an aspiring film maker spend most of their time working menial ... See full summary »



1 nomination. See more awards »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A failed New Jersey inventor embarks on a career as a standup comic, turns to drink, and labors to keep his family together.

Director: Frank Whaley
Stars: Frank Whaley, Carla Gugino, Ethan Hawke
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Brooklyn, 1985. With the mob world as a backdrop, three life-long friends struggle with questions of love, loss and loyalty.

Director: Michael Corrente
Stars: Paulo Araujo, Daniel Tay, Ty Thomas Reed
Joe the King (1999)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A disadvantaged, abused, neglected, exploited but basically decent kid slips into criminality while trying to cope with his harsh, inescapable reality.

Director: Frank Whaley
Stars: Noah Fleiss, Karen Young, Camryn Manheim
Sparkler (1997)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Melba is a Californian trailer-park girl who is said to look for three kings by a phone psychic, and when she meets three guys - Trent, Brad and Joel traveling to Las Vegas, she decides ... See full summary »

Director: Darren Stein
Stars: Park Overall, Veronica Cartwright, Don Harvey
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Jack is a NYC advertising exec with a life as glossy as the ads he spins. Jill is new to the city, with nothing to stand on but her fiery personality and romantic ideals. Opposites attract, and together they author their own manifesto of "rules to live by." But Jill betrays Jack by violating rule one - Be Honest.

Director: Vanessa Parise
Stars: Freddie Prinze Jr., Taryn Manning, Peter Stebbings
Comedy | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A young woman is attracted to a man despite her thinking she's seen him kill someone.

Director: Mark Waters
Stars: Monica Potter, Freddie Prinze Jr., Shalom Harlow
Shooting Gallery (Video 2005)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A street-smart pool player falls in with a pack of hustlers. As he rises in the underground circuit, he lands in the middle of a match between his boss and a crooked cop.

Director: Keoni Waxman
Stars: Ving Rhames, Roselyn Sanchez, Daniel Newman
Summer Catch (2001)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A rich girl whose family summers on Cape Cod has a romance with a local poor boy who hopes to become a major league baseball player.

Director: Michael Tollin
Stars: Freddie Prinze Jr., Jessica Biel, Fred Ward
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Surrounded by wealth and living with abundant resources in Manhattan, 12-year-old cello prodigy Reggie, lives a solitary life lacking only frequently absent parents and friends. Estranged from family, having slacker boyfriend troubles, and fired from her waitressing job, sometimes musician 23-year-old Eleanor needs a new place to live and a new job.

Director: Frank Whaley
Stars: Julian Shatkin, Olga Merediz, Debra Messing
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

A young copywriter becomes the most famous man on the planet, overnight, when he is mistaken as the next messiah.

Director: Yaniv Raz
Stars: Heather Graham, Lorraine Bracco, Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Action | Romance | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

In this action-comedy, four twenty-something friends are looking for love and having no luck. While on a ski trip, one of them finds passion with a beautiful girl after a random accident on... See full summary »

Director: Lorena David
Stars: Monique Demers, Meat Loaf, Benjamin King
Atlanta (TV Movie 2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A sitcom centered on a man (prinze) and a woman who meet at funeral, then realize they can't be apart from one another.

Director: Harold Ramis
Stars: Lili Asvar, Leslie Bibb, John Billingsley


Credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Bayley ...
Condiments Girl
George Bryant II ...
Limo driver
Heather Bucha ...
Joanna Chilcoat ...
Girl #1 (Dawn)
Jock 1
Chuck McGrady
Nada Despotovich ...
Miss Lormph


Two down on their luck childhood friends struggle to figure out their lives. Ray a drummer in a rock and roll band, and Owen an aspiring film maker spend most of their time working menial jobs and drinking. When Owen's fiancé Lynn breaks off their engagement he finds himself spiraling, and allows Ray to come along with him to a two bit film festival he has been invited to in Kansas. There Owen makes several attempts to patch up his relationship, while Ray scams them into a deluxe suite at the local Four Seasons hotel by posing as Wally Shawn's son (who happens to be receiving a lifetime achievement award) and generally causes a major ruckus. By the end, Owen decides to make some changes in their relationship and in his life. Written by F. Whaley

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Good friends are hard to find.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, brief sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

15 August 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

NYC Serenade  »

Box Office


$1,800,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


The tag line reads "Good Friends Are Hard To Find" this is also the title to a track off of Composer/Songwriter Ed Harcourts latest album "A Beautiful Lie" and serves as the title/theme song for the film. Ed recently left California and headed pack to his native UK upon completion of the soundtrack and is currently on tour through Europe. At only 29yrs old and with four albums out this will be Ed Harcourts first Soundtrack venture and will add to his eclectic 300+ song catalog. See more »


References The Princess Bride (1987) See more »


Clarinet Bandleader
Composed by Stephen Edwards
Published by Source in Sync Music
Courtesy 5 Alarm Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Relatability loves company
30 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With three directorial efforts under his belt, and a fourth one on the way, from the looks of it, actor Frank Whaley seems to love to explore the ideas of good people making bad decisions in situations where they are simply trying to do the right thing. In his directorial debut Joe The King, Whaley focused on a young adolescent, who had been emotionally neglected and physically abused by both his parents, but carried an undying love for them, so much so that he stole and deceived others in order to better off their situation in a surprisingly captivating take on the idea of an anti-hero. In his sophomore directing effort, The Jimmy Show, we saw Whaley play a man struggling to maintain a marriage, hold down a job, raise a child, and take care of his elderly grandmother, all the while trying to carry out a standup comedy career when he wasn't just not funny but wholly depressing and upsetting.

Whaley's latest film, New York City Serenade, is a film that catches one off guard, allegedly masquerading as a frothy, incredulous romantic comedy but existing as a thoughtful and realistic iteration of two lifelong best friends realizing that they are each others dead-weight in the middle of a potential break for one of them. The film stars Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Chris Klein, two actors we never really got to see in captivating roles until now. Prinze, Jr. stars as Owen, an aspiring filmmaker who's short film has just been nominated for an award at a small film festival. Owen agrees to take his longtime girlfriend and now fiancée Lynn (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) to the festival as his sole guest, which will be held in Los Angeles. However, when Owen listens to his longtime buddy - the heavy drinking Ray (Chris Klein), who plays in a band - and goes to a party, cutting his movie-date short with Lynn, he winds up cheating with a woman at the party, leading Lynn to break up with him just before the festival.

Ray tags along on the trip from New York City to Los Angeles, much to the dismay of Owen, who wants to be left alone. The idea of both men being dead weight to each other comes in when we see that all Owen wants to do is have a quiet evening, which is impossible with Ray, who slugs cheap vodka shooters endlessly, and we see all Ray wants to do is be belligerent and disrupt the consistency of a formal event. Ray winds up impersonating the son of director Wallace Shawn, and gets the two a lavish suite at The Four Seasons, leading Owen to recognize that this friendship and his own career will not thrive if both kept around and that one needs to be terminated.

Prinze, Jr. and Klein carry on a great chemistry in this film, and their characters are incredibly similar to the likes of Dante and Randal from Kevin Smith's Clerks, whereas each character is flawed or burdened by an unlikable characteristic in a pretty significant way, but we still can't help but root for them, or at least find them interesting in some way. While Owen's actions are pretty offputting, and nearly everything Ray does is in poor taste and contemptible, there's a certain beautiful realism in their conversations, biting relatability in their friendship, and true honesty in the way they communicate and vent their problems to each other, which will undoubtedly remind people of that friend they have in their life - the one that means well, is fun to have around for a while, but also does things that are truly unforgivable and grounds for termination on someone's metaphorical friends list.

There's the relatability, and Whaley's human interest that makes New York City Serenade surpass any preconceived clichés it could've had under its belt. Whaley, who makes a cameo himself and allows a poster of his preceding film to be used in a key scene, if you pay close enough attention, clearly has a fondness for characters burdened or flawed in serious ways, making them the protagonists of each of his first three directorial efforts. This allows for a sense of reality to buoy the picture, rather than a ridiculous and frothy sense of romanticism or contrived relationships. At times, Prinze, Jr. and Klein's relationships tread so close to real life they cause an abrupt sense of pain.

New York City Serenade may find criticism for profiling two rather contemptible characters, but in the end, everyone is contemptible in their own way, and the fact that Whaley allows his characters to lay their cards out on the table from the start, showing some of their worst traits (Owen's whiny attitude and momentary infidelity and Ray's obnoxiousness and complete lack of sympathy or empathy towards anyone) to be seen deserves some credit, especially considering he takes two good-looking, male actors - one of them known for their pretty boy roles - and makes their characters' personalities and quirks ugly and noticeable. After three thoroughly commendable films, I demand Whaley writer and direct more films this instant.

Starring: Freddie Prinze, Jr., Chris Klein, and Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Chris Klein is amazing! voulezmange
Filming location dan_cordella
Bruce Springsteen Song? wildwoodyproductions
where are they this week? knobby9999
Westchester? tjntown
Ed Harcourt's Soundtrack dbennett
Discuss New York City Serenade (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: