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Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009)

 |  Drama, Musical  |  July 2010 (USA)
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After connecting with the shy Madeline, a jazz trumpeter embarks on a quest for a more gregarious paramour, but through a series of twists and turns punctuated by an original score, the two lovers seem destined to be together.

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Jason Palmer ...
Guy
Desiree Garcia ...
Madeline
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Elena
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Karen
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Dancer at Summer Shack
Kelly Burk ...
Dancer at Summer Shack
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Laura
Bernard Chazelle ...
Paul
Gonzalo Digenio ...
John
Frank Garvin ...
Frank
Eli Gerstenlauer ...
Eli
Carolyn Glicklich ...
Dancer at Summer Shack
Greg ...
Greg Duncan
Keith Gross-Hill ...
Keith
Kevin Harris ...
Kevin
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After connecting with the shy Madeline, a jazz trumpeter embarks on a quest for a more gregarious paramour, but through a series of twists and turns punctuated by an original score, the two lovers seem destined to be together.

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Guy y Madeline en un banco del parque  »

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$3,233 (USA) (5 November 2010)

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$33,793 (USA) (27 May 2011)
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Boy in the Park
Music by Justin Hurwitz
Lyrics by Damien Chazelle
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A missed opportunity
8 May 2011 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I thought the conceit of the film was to juxtapose a micro budget with a lush symphonic score and Godardish realism with tap dance numbers, but that never really happens. The musical numbers are few and far between, and the only real one (Boy in the Park) doesn't come until 3/4 of the way into the film.

If you establish a premise in a film (characters break into song to express their feelings), you must be true to it, not afraid of it. It felt like the filmmaker couldn't decide whether to go all the way - I wish he had. It would've made for a far more watchable film. What we get is a film that is unsatisfying for those watching for the fantasy and for those watching for the realism.


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