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Good friends are hard to find.
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  (in credits order)

Freddie Prinze Jr. ... Owen

Chris Klein ... Ray

Jamie-Lynn Sigler ... Lynn

Ben Schwartz ... Russ

Christopher DeBlasio ... Ben
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Todd Barry ... Smark
Kate Bayley ... Condiments Girl

Emma Bell ... Melinda
George Bryant II ... Limo driver
Heather Bucha ... Mary

Alexander Chaplin ... Terry
Joanna Chilcoat ... Girl #1 (Dawn)

Chase Coleman ... Jock 1

Raymond De Felitta ... Chuck McGrady
Nada Despotovich ... Miss Lormph
Abigail Forman ... Becky
James Gale ... Clerk

Diana Gettinger ... Rachel
Nancy Jundi ... Check in Clerk (voice)
Paul Lazar ... Festival Chairman
Elizabeth Lundberg ... Katy - Girl #2

Johnnie Mae ... Lois
Emma Nettleton ... Karen

Sophie Nyweide ... Francie
Missy O'Reilly ... Girl 2

Kat Pogo ... Waitress

Mel Rocco ... Frat Party Girl (as Melissa Rocco)

Sebastian Roché ... Noam Broder

Wallace Shawn ... Wallace Shawn

Jeff Skowron ... Matt
Don Stitt ... Peter John Muller
Jarret Sumers ... Gate Attendant
Isa Thomas ... Photo Customer

Leia Thompson ... Tawny
Marty Weisse ... Bertrand
John Wernke ... Four Seasons Waiter

Frank Whaley ... Les
Nicole Whealen ... Girl 3
Stefanie Zadravec ... Stewardess

Dennis Jay Funny ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Zoe Portanova ... Girl in Airport (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Whaley 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frank Whaley 

Produced by
Laird Adamson .... executive producer
Lynn Appelle .... co-producer
Lynn Appelle .... line producer
Jimi Jones .... executive producer (as James Koya Jones)
Jimi Jones .... producer (as James Koya Jones)
Rachel Peters .... producer
Rick Whealen .... executive producer
Original Music by
Ed Harcourt 
Cinematography by
Ryan Samul 
Film Editing by
Miran Miosic 
Casting by
Sig De Miguel 
Stephen Vincent 
Production Design by
Dara Wishingrad 
Art Direction by
Beth Kuhn 
Set Decoration by
Shane Klein 
Costume Design by
Virginia Cook 
Makeup Department
Jill Astmann .... assistant makeup artist
Rebecca Perkins .... key makeup artist
Lora Scrignoli .... assistant hair stylist
Taurance F. Williams .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Peter Bobrow .... production manager
Paul Leonardo Jr. .... post-production supervisor
Meredith Petty .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephanie Bortis .... second second assistant director
Scott Larkin .... second assistant director
Michael A. Moffa .... first assistant director
Art Department
Amanda Betz .... assistant set decorator
Sarah Bricker .... property master
Dominick Cocuzzo .... construction coordinator
Kley Gilbuena .... props assistant
Nadya Gurevich .... buyer
Jonathan Hustad .... set dresser
Dan Kajeckas .... scenic artist
James Maher .... set dresser
Michael Powsner .... set dresser
Christian Reinhardsen .... set dresser
Patrick T. Rousseau .... on-set dresser
Adam Sober .... set dresser
Boaz Tcherikover .... art assistant
John Udell .... leadman
Cathy Wassylenko .... camera scenic artist
Ramona Wong .... art assistant
Sound Department
Ilya Akiyoshi .... boom operator
Ron Bedrosian .... adr engineer
Zane D. Bruce .... foley artist (as Zane Bruce)
Krissopher Chevannes .... adr recordist (as Kris Chevannes)
Stuart Deutsch .... sound mixer
Tammy Douglas .... utility sound
Mark Filip .... sound effects editor
Don Givens .... foley mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... supervising sound editor
Jeff Gunn .... foley artist
Cate Montana .... adr editor
Fred Rosenberg .... supervising sound editor
Joseph T. Sabella .... foley artist (as Joseph Sabella)
Paul Sacco .... sound consultant: Dolby
Peter Waggoner .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Jennifer Basnyat .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Baney .... gaffer
Terrence C. Burke .... camera operator
John Clifford .... still photographer
Autumn Eakin .... second assistant camera
Nicole Emmons .... third grip
Rob Harrigan .... electrician
Wesley Hodges .... first assistant camera
Alec Jarnagin .... Steadicam operator
Michael Kirsch .... best boy grip (as Mike Kirsch)
Alexandra Matheson .... second assistant camera (as Alexandra Kanal)
Sean Monesson .... electrician
Jeff Panessa .... key grip
Aaron Randall .... additional grip
Jeremy Rodriguez .... grip
Steve Siddell .... best boy electric
Don Spiro .... still photographer
Matt Staples .... dolly grip
Andy Westbrook .... dolly grip
Toshiro Yamaguchi .... camera operator
Zenfeek .... additional electrician
Casting Department
Lori Eastside .... extras casting
Tina Kerr .... extras casting: Los Angeles
Robert Oppel .... extras casting assistant
Danielle Pretsfelder .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sonja Cizmazia .... wardrobe supervisor
Rebecca Edmonston .... key costumer
Abby O'Sullivan .... costume design assistant
Editorial Department
Andrew Buckland .... assistant editor
Sam Daley .... colorist: high definition mastering
Kent McGrew .... color timer
John Mullin .... assistant editor
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor (as Joey Violante)
Keith Croket .... additional assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Adam Moreno .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Carolyn Albright .... post-production accountant
Ronald Arceneaux .... assistant location manager
E.J. Bradley III .... location manager
Amy Carthew .... location coordinator
Kenneth Chu .... assistant production coordinator
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
Rachel Connors .... script supervisor
Ralph Costanza .... print manager
Luke Crawford .... production assistant
Amy Dempsey .... production coordinator
Kristyn DiPane .... mastering project manager
Peter Flanigan .... production counsel
Tom Glick .... production assistant
D.G. Gonzalez .... production assistant
Didi Gruenwald .... lead stand-in
Shawn Hamilton .... production accountant
Benjamin Logan .... background production assistant (as Ben Logan)
Benjamin Logan .... set production assistant
Marlon Mark .... office production assistant
John Melville .... drum double
Sarah Perlin .... production assistant
Richie Roefaro .... technical assistant
Harry Sando Jr. .... production assistant
Kevin R. Wood .... teamster captain
Teddy Yoon .... location manager
Russell Zapata .... production secretary

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"NYC Serenade" - Europe (English title) (short title)
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Rated R for language, brief sexuality and drug use
Canada:103 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:103 min
Sound Mix:

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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 »
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References "WWE Smackdown!" (1999)See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Relatability loves company, 30 July 2014
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

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.

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