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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
Melissa Rocco ... Frat Party Girl

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
Alexandra Kanal Matheson .... second assistant camera (as Alexandra Kanal)
Mike Kirsch .... best boy grip
Sean Monesson .... electrician
Jeff Panessa .... key grip
Aaron Randall .... additional 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)
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 title is originally a Bruce Springsteen song off his 1974 album, "The Wild, the Innocent, and the E Street Shuffle". The song is about a young boy struggling to make it in the underbelly of New York.See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable some of the time, 1 September 2011
Author: vchimpanzee

Owen is an aspiring filmmaker who has been nominated for an award for one of his films. He works in the film industry, developing photos, and he doesn't seem to be that good at it. His friend Ray, who has an office job (this week), appeared in the film and plays drums in a rock band. He has a daughter Francie who lives with Ray's ex, who has a new man. Ray also has a drinking problem and is quite immature.

Owen is engaged to Lynn. Together, they attend a film with French subtitles together. She thoroughly enjoys it; he nearly falls asleep. Afterward they meet her French literature professor Noam who also really liked the film.

Then Owen and Lynn catch the end of the performance of Ray's band. Afterward, Ray claims to need help with his drums, and Lynn goes on home. The truth is that Ray wants Owen to go to Bertrand's party, where there are girls. And Rachel, one of those girls, seduces Owen while Ray strikes out with the others. Then Bertrand figures out he doesn't know Owen or Ray and certainly didn't invite them, and they are thrown out.

Ray has a number of problems. He supposedly can't hold a job, and his ex is dissatisfied with the amount of time he spends with his daughter, though Ray does seem pleasant to Francie. Did I mention he drinks?

Owen, Ray and several other guys get called to serve as pallbearers at the funeral of Matt's father in New Jersey. The funeral is depressing, though the ride to and from the funeral seems like "American Pie" or one of those other disgusting buddy movies.

While Owen is out of town, Lynn happens to meet Rachel and finds out the truth about her and Owen. Lynn wants to break up.

So Owen and Ray go to the festival where Owen hopes to pick up an award. When they arrive, they are supposed to go to the airport motel, but Ray sees Wallace Shawn and talks to him. He finds out Shawn is staying at the Four Seasons, and after conning the driver to take them there, Ray overhears that Shawn's son will be late. He convinces the hotel clerk he is Shawn's son and gets him and Owen a nice room and orders plenty of food, and drinks as much as possible. Then the guys attend the festival. One wacko, whose name I don't remember, really liked Owen's film and made Owen look like he would have potential, but his lines are so laughably ridiculous that I don't think he will be able to further Owen's career.

So what's going to happen? Will Owen and Lynn straighten things out? Will Ray ever fix his messed-up life? Will the two guys succeed with their hotel scam?

This film was enjoyable enough, at least part of the time. I didn't care for some of the more racy scenes at the party. I was really surprised by the plain-vanilla TV-PG rating, because it certainly deserved more.

Chris Klein was fun, especially when he was trying to con people. At work, he told a co-worker (possibly a boss) how beautiful she was. He couldn't possibly have meant physically, because the movie had many better-looking girls. Of course, the hotel scam was the best part, and Wallace Shawn was starting to get annoyed or possibly scared by his stalker.

Jamie-Lynn Sigler was pleasant enough, and quite pretty. In fact, she was gorgeous in one scene where she decided to let the machine pick up when the phone rang.

And Freddie Prinze Jr. did a capable job as well.

One standout performer was Frank Whaley, who also wrote and directed, as the quirky driver who was supposed to take the guys to the motel but instead had to go to the Four Seasons.

Sophie Nyweide also shined as Ray's little girl, mainly late in the movie.

I had a good time. That's what's important.

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