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Sidewalks of New York (Widescreen)
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The cast is great -- Ed Burns, Rosario Dawson, Brittany Murphy, Heather Graham, etc. The funniest is David Krumholtz as Ben, divorced from Maria, but always dropping by because he "was in the neighborhood". ("You live 3 blocks away!" she yells. "You're always in the neighborhood!") Most scuzzy is Stanley Tucci as Griffin, cheating on Annie, his second wife, with Ashley, a waitress whom he never takes out in public. When Ashley won't see him anymore, he says he'll tell his wife, then curses her for breaking up his marriage. NOTHING is his fault!
This film just tells us how it is or could be -- not every broken marriage results in unhappiness, not ever dalliance brings joy. It just depends on the people and the situation.
I actually sort of vaguely remember maybe liking She's the One, but I barely remember that film at all, so I'm going to go ahead and say that he isn't a very good filmmaker. Life just isn't fair, is it?
Burns seems to have a reputation for being able to write good dialogue, but he really can't--no, what he does is write his approximation of how he thinks cool people ought to talk, peppered with his own allegedly clever commentary about love, which essentially boils down to shockers about how men and women are, you know, different, and relationships are, you know complicated--for a film that's meant to be a hip, irreverant view of relationships, there's precious little actual insight here. I'd go so far as to say there's none, actually.
Burns's characters are--let's not fool ourselves--shallow and dull. Not that shallow and dull characters can't be made to be interesting, but Burns, as previously noted, is no Woody Allen. And in any case, they're not MEANT to be that way here. They are annoying and artificial, with somewhat disturbingly one-tracked minds (sex, natch), frequently acting how Burns needs them to act to get a properly pat ending, rather than in any way that actual humans would behave. And on a side note, how is it that a movie about Modern Love has no gay characters?
Okay, so it's not all bad--I liked it when characters yelled at each other, (yelling's always fun), and Dennis Farina is somewhat amusing as a uber-Don Juan type, but honestly, people, is this what passes for clever nowadays? And so our standards continue to drop...
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I loved this movie! I've watched it over and over again! and now that I am going to buy the DVD, I'm going to watch it some more! Read morePublished on May 20 2004
Edward Burns has made a very good film of the romantic comedy genre, about the complex lives of six New Yorker's whose lives intersect at some point during the movie. Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by Adam
If it wasn't clear before, it is now: Edward Burns is one of the best writer-director-actors to come along in a long time. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by Noah Anderson-AKA-Videodrone
okay let me start by saying i'm a huge Brittany Murphy fan and this has to be one of her best movies besides spun. Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2003 by jj
OK, so Woody Allen doesn't own a monopoly on Manhatten comedy dramas. I liked this film very much. I was sympathetic for the characters and felt very involved in their lives. Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2003 by Guy De Federicis
Overdrawn conversations and inter-twined relationships in Manhattan. Can't get any more Woody Allen than that. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2003 by Nearly Nubile
A surprisingly good film which did not receive much advertisement. I gained a new respect for two actresses that I did not care for: Heather Graham and Brittany Murphy. Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2003 by hammielover1
I thought this was a well thought off movie, with a nice storyline, nice acting and nice dialogues.
It is a very realistic today's story...
Ed Burns captures New York life and the relationships with such humor and sadness. One minute I was laughing , the next I was crying.
Great writing..... Read more