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Movie Review: New York I Love You (October, 2009)

Directors: A whole bunch of them
Screenplay: Various screenwriters
Date of Release: October 16, generic 2009
Actors: A huge number including Chris Cooper, James Caan, Bradley Cooper, Ethan Hawke, Orlando Bloom, Natalie Portman, Maggie Q, Qi Shu, and a whole bunch of other famous actors

A continuation of the “I Love You” film series, the first being “Paris, Je T’aime”, creators decided to focus on New York city as the next location. Who can blame them. New York City is the city “where things can happen”, nitty gritty with the hustle and bustle of all the diverse group of people found in the city. The film is composed with a series of short films, focused in various ways of love. Whether it is between a mother and a daughter, strangers on the street, a long time couple, the many short films show various takes on love in the film.

One would hope that the shorts would be as successful as those found in “Paris Je T’aime”, with more hits than misses, but unfortunately, I felt that “New York, I Love You” was just a great disappointment. Some of the stories were confusing, such as the one where Julie Christie (beautiful as always), is an old suicidal opera singer, and others boring (with Orlando Bloom and Christina Ricci). Hayden Christensen still can’t act, and the exchange is still painful. There were a few gems, such as the one with Cloris Leachman and Eli Wallach, showing that true love endures and still exists, or the seemingly awkward exchange between Robin Wright Penn and Chris Cooper, strangers having a conversation after lighting up their cigarettes. (There is a lot of smoking in this film…)

For the most part, “New York I Love You” was a mash of mostly uninspiring stories that completely missed the mark of portraying New York, and the uniqueness of the city. The stories could have been written anywhere. Unfortunately, the few gems in the film are not enough to save the film.

In addition, I had the strangest theatre experience. A fight broke out in the theatre because a group of teenagers sitting in the front were acting out obnoxiously and making comments all throughout. Instead of keeping their thoughts to themselves, they decided to share with the rest of the audience. Needless to say, there were a ton of teenagers that walked out, and I would say that the majority of the viewers were not all that pleased with the movie. A few that left in the middle of the movie decided to yell “This movie sucks!” before slamming the door on their way out.

Having said that, can’t say I disagree with their assessment, and I don’t recommend it at all.

1.5 hearts / 5 hearts


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