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The Only Living Boy in New York (2017)

R | | Drama | 11 August 2017 (USA)
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Adrift in New York City, a recent college graduate's life is upended by his father's mistress.

Director:

Marc Webb

Writer:

Allan Loeb
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Callum Turner ... Thomas Webb
Jeff Bridges ... W.F. Gerald
Kate Beckinsale ... Johanna
Pierce Brosnan ... Ethan Webb
Cynthia Nixon ... Judith Webb
Kiersey Clemons ... Mimi Pastori
Tate Donovan ... George
Wallace Shawn ... David
Anh Duong ... Barbara
Debi Mazar ... Anna
Ben Hollandsworth ... Ari
John Bolger ... Irwin Sanders
Bill Camp ... Uncle Buster
Richard Bekins ... Prominent New Yorker
Ryan Speakman ... Gay Couple
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Thomas Webb, the son of a publisher and his artistic wife, has just graduated from college and is trying to find his place in the world. Moving from his parents' Upper West Side apartment to the Lower East Side, he befriends his neighbor W.F., a shambling alcoholic writer who dispenses worldly wisdom alongside healthy shots of whiskey. Thomas' world begins to shift when he discovers that his long-married father is having an affair with a seductive younger woman. Determined to break up the relationship, Thomas ends up sleeping with his father's mistress, launching a chainin of events that will change everything he thinks he knows about himself and his family. Wow! Written by AnonymousB

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Drama

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Rated R for language and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apenas um Garoto em Nova York See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,458, 13 August 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$624,332, 28 September 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$345,048, 17 August 2017
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1.85 : 1
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The film sat in various stages of development for a full 12 years before it was finally released. See more »

Goofs

The letter sent to Thomas by the Penguin Group at the end of the film has a typo in it: where it reads 'I with you every success with your book...' should actually be 'I wish you every success with your book'? Didn't expect that from the 'Penguin Group'. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Webb: I don't know man. You've experienced the world. I just live here in New York.
W.F. Gerald: New York is the world.
Thomas Webb: I haven't done much with my life.
W.F. Gerald: You've had sex with you father's mistress. I'd say that's something.
Thomas Webb: [later] Am I The Only Living Boy in New York?
W.F. Gerald: You are.
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Tanga
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Written by Mario Bauza
Performed by Machito
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Retro French Filmmaking With A Modern American Flavor

I have often said that we spend our twenties trying to figure it all out, and then when we hit our thirties we realize that all we have to do is just live our lives. However, getting through that third decade of living to get there tends to be simply a roller-coaster of emotion. Between trying to break the mold of being seen as a child and trying to have the respect of a living, working, independent adult that may not be completely there yet is such fertile ground for storytelling that Hollywood sits in that pocket of life quite a bit. Marc Webb, famous music video director and the man who brought us "(500) Days of Summer" and both "The Amazing Spider-Man" films (both of which I enjoyed, so judge me if you will) takes his crack at a slice of this life with his latest film, "The Only Living Boy in New York".

With a title taken from a Simon & Garfunkel song, Callum Turner is the central character here playing Thomas, a twenty-two-year-old living on his own on the Lower East Side as he is working toward being a writer. He also is dealing with a woman that he is mad for in Mimi (Kiersey Clemons), who may or may not feel the same way, a publisher father (Pierce Brosnan) who just wants him to have direction, and a mother (Cynthia Nixon) who is teetering on the edge of a breakdown. When he stumbles on the fact that his father is having an affair with one his co-workers, Johanna (Kate Beckinsale), it throws everything he knows into a tailspin with the only real anchor in his life being a mysterious old man who moves in across the hall from him (Jeff Bridges).

Looking at screenwriter Allan Loeb's body of work, this film could be kind of everything he has worked on put in the proverbial blender, and what comes out of it is nothing short of satisfying. This is a very rich story told on multiple levels while keeping the main story moving in a way that all of the parts make the whole even better. Callum truly embraces the millennial part of him here, with that sense of entitlement as well as young adult angst that us old codgers would shake our fists at, but at the same time realizing that some of these traits may be a bit more universal than we choose to admit thus making the audience look at this time in their lives through a bit of different lenses. Beckinsale is as irresistible as ever in the role of the "other woman" who wants everyone to believe that she is simply footloose and fancy free but in her quiet moments is so much more, and there is also a great performance by Clemons, whose Mimi is a character that too many of us can identify having an association with in our lifetimes. Brosnan and Nixon, while having limited screen time, also do a serviceable job here to keep Thomas' path moving.

And then, there's Jeff Bridges. Seriously, The Dude is THE DUDE here with all of his wisdom and just crushes it. I feel like everyone should have someone in their lives like his character of W.F. Gerald, and if that person just happens to be Jeff Bridges, that is just all the more awesome. This man is a master at owning his scenes while at the same time knowing that give-and-take that makes his costars shine in a way that is natural and absolutely a wonder to watch.

Visually, I was very impressed with the style employed by Webb, which reminded me a lot of a '60s French film with a modern American sensibility. There is a tinge of Hitchcock-ian suspense involved as Thomas seeks to know more about the woman that has distracted his father's affections that really upped the cool vibe for me as I was watching the film. The tone here is right on point for the story, and the attention to detail shown by the crew translates beautifully.

"The Only Living Boy in New York" is a film that although has an indie vibe is fully and totally aimed for a mass audience. There is something here for all parts of the movie going spectrum from the casual film goer to the more seasoned and detailed film fan. "Well told, well-acted, and beautifully shot" should be enough to get you there, so go!


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