New York City Serenade
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New York City Serenade
Two lifelong pals living in New York City discover that sometimes the only way to remain friends is to grow apart in this semi-autobiographical drama from screenwriter/director Frank Whaley. Owen (Freddie Prinze, Jr. is an aspiring filmmaker who frequently spends the early hours of the evening with his girlfriend Lynn (Jamie-Lynn Siegler) before ducking out to watch best-friend Ray (Chris Klein)'s provide the beats for his popular bar band. By day Owen may work at the local photomat, but when night falls he strives to forget about his dead end job by drinking the town dry and raising hell… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 8%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of those pointless indies that you'll have forgotten before the credits roll."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The reason this 2007 drama has languished for so long could be that it's a bromance whose moment has only now arrived; more likely, it's because Frank Whaley's lightweight slice of life is so crashingly ordinary."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out New York
"The contrast is inviting, the emotional momentum is there, and the dramatic situations are ripe with potential...and then the viewer is faced with Klein, Prinze Jr., and Sigler doing all the heavy lifting. How deflating."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Possesses a poorly explored but fecund meta-analysis of juvenile semi-stardom that demands a more sensitive treatment."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"Doesn't break enough rules of the mid-1990's Sundance coming-of-age buddy template to bring any new insights to the bonds of male friendship."
‑ David D'Arcy, Screen International
"The overgrown boys at its center are so unappealing that the setting certainly won't make their trials worth your time."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"This ersatz Swingers attempts to tap into the male psyche as represented by a pair of one-note losers (played by Freddie Prinze Jr. and Chris Klein), but the self-absorbed film keeps playing the same, talky refrain."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"Uninspired performances and a lack of chemistry fail to project whatever has brought and kept the film's odd couple together."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"...a well-intentioned effort..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The movie is a character study about two underachieving dullards scarcely worth contemplating."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"A series of sour notes."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Variety
"Suffers from mediocre performances and a contrived and silly screenplay that, ultimately, makes it falls flat as a drama, comedy and satire."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Prinze's limited range as an actor drags down a spirited performance by Klein, but the script is too awful to give either of them much hope."
‑ Susan Green, Boxoffice Magazine
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