A New Leaf
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Henry Graham (Walter Matthau), a spendthrift bounder who wastes his inheritance on high living and fast Italian cars, looks for new means of support as his money runs out. The situation is urgent, because Henry's Uncle Harry (James Coco) has given him a short-term loan with very bad payback terms. He sets his sights on Henrietta Lowell, a mousy rich-girl botanist (Elaine May) whom he intends to marry and murder. However, love blooms between the two as Henry uncovers the myriad ways her lawyers and staff are swindling her. Several of the smaller roles offer highlights, including Jack Weston… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A film of such wit and comic invention that it belongs among the great American comedies."
‑ Calum Marsh, Village Voice
"Very funny in patches."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Elaine May's directorial debut, a beautifully refined exposition of screwball comedy's brackish side"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Blessed with a perpetual craggy hangdog, Matthau is May's perfect comic foil."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine
"May's brand of humor is beyond deadpan, and you may find yourself laughing long after the fact, even if you're not laughing in the moment."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Occasionally charming, always watchable star vehicle. Pleasantly offbeat"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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