Louis, a young teacher enamored of the age of F. Scott Fitzgerald, loses his job when he's caught trying on a bra he finds in a campus office. He decides to go to New York City to find himself and to be a writer. He answers an ad for a housemate placed by the eccentric and opinionated Henry Harrison; an odd-couple relationship starts. Louis gets a job selling advertising for a green magazine and fancies Mary, a co-worker. He meets Henry's neighbor, the hirsute Gershon, and Henry offers Paul schooling in the gentleman's world of being an "extra man" - a hired companion, a gigolo - for older women. Can Louis sort out these varied worlds as well as his own expectations?Written by
The first party which Henry (Kevin Kline) takes Louis (Paul Dano) to takes place in a Manhattan Art Museum named "Neue Galerie New York," which means literally "New Gallery New York," and which specializes exclusively in 20th Century Austrian and German art and decorative art. When Meredith (Celia Weston) mentions that someone is "over by the Klimt," the reference is to a painting called "Adele Bloch-Bauer I," seen on screen prominently, which was painted by Gustave Klimt in 1907. See more »
As the main characters ride in a convertible out of the city, the background scenery of a cemetery is continuously repeated. See more »
Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Minor: Finale (Très Animé)
Written by Claude Debussy
Performed by Oliver Colbentson and Erich Appel
Courtesy of Crucial Music See more »
A Kline Gem
Kevin Kline creates the sort of character we haven't seen in a long time, not since Clifton Webb, Noel Coward or even George Sanders, an actor dares to step into the uncomfortable zone with so much wit and panache. He is the reason to see the film and in my book, that's reason enough. Paul Dano is wonderful but he projects a strange feeling. As if he has been removed from the pot a bit too quickly. He doesn't look quite done yet. Thoroughly undercooked. One has the overwhelming feeling, he won't be able to survive in this world. The film, as film, doesn't have the aspirations of Paul Schrader's "The Walker" nor its darkness but if you're not put off by a slightly tentative direction, you're in for a treat.
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