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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 »


Frank Whaley


Frank Whaley
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Credited cast:
Freddie Prinze Jr. ... Owen
Chris Klein ... Ray
Jamie-Lynn Sigler ... Lynn
Ben Schwartz ... Russ
Chris DeBlasio ... Ben (as Christopher DeBlasio)
Jeff Skowron ... Matt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Todd Barry ... Smark
Kate Bayley Kate Bayley ... Condiments Girl
Emma Bell ... Lindsay
Alexander Chaplin ... Terry
Joanna Chilcoat Joanna Chilcoat ... Girl #1 (Dawn)
Chase Coleman ... Jock 1
Raymond De Felitta ... Chuck P. Solizo
Nada Despotovich Nada Despotovich ... Miss Lormph
Tony Devon ... Glenn


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

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Good friends are hard to find.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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 Harcourt's album 'A Beautiful Lie' and serves as the title/theme song for the film. See more »


Clarinet Bandleader
Composed by Stephen Edwards
Published by Source in Sync Music
Courtesy 5 Alarm Music
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17 May 2010 | by hughman55See all my reviews

This is a fantastic movie. Frank Whaley, whom I love as an actor, wrote and directed this perfect little indie film and it is interesting and endearing from beginning to end. Chris Klein gives an amazing performance as the alcoholic best friend-bad influence, to a hapless lovelorn Freddie Prinz Jr. Theirs is a friendship based on nothing good and the fuse is lit. It's a familiar relationship. One of them takes everything seriously. The other takes nothing seriously. And both are prone to bad choices.

How the story is framed and delivered to the audience is what makes this film so special and that's where Frank Whaley comes in. He knows this story and knows how to tell it. Your heart can't help but go out to these two jerks bumbling their way through life and leaving a swath of misery and regret in their wake. Whaley chooses some interesting camera angles with the two leads. A couple times he has them in the frame, in two dimensional profile, in fairly serious scenes, delivering their lines in the, visually, flattest possible way. I didn't understand the choice, but I thought it was interesting, and it made an impression.

Frank Whaley has to be commended for a great script, deft directing, and a funny cameo as an overworked, and most likely underpaid, "limo" driver. However, Chris Klein steals the show as the drunk screwup with a huge personality. He has perfect pitch as an actor and it's on full display here.

I'm not sure why this movie flew so low under the radar. It's too good to have such a low rating here and deserves better. See it. You won't be sorry.

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Release Date:

15 August 2008 (UK) See more »

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Apaixonados em Nova York See more »


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$1,800,000 (estimated)

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