NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU
Many Stories of New York
Release Date: October 16, 2009
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Natalie Portman, Shia LaBeouf, Blake Lively, Robin Wright Penn, Orlando Bloom, Hayden Christensen, Christina Ricci, Rachel Bilson, Ethan Hawke, John Hurt, Justin Bartha, James Caan, Andy Garcia, Julie Christie, Cloris Leachman, and Eli Wallach
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 110 minutes
Distributor: Vivendi Entertainment
Executive Producer: Michael Benaroya, Glenn Stewart, Marianne Maddalena, Taylor Kephart, Bradford W. Smith, Claus Clausen, Jan Korbelin, Steffen Aumueller, Pamela Hirsch, Celine Rattray, and Susanne Bohnet
Producer: Emmanuel Benbihy and Marina Grasic
Writer: Hu Hong, Meng Yao, Suketu Mehta, Shunji Iwai, Olivier Lecot, Yvan Attal, Jeff Nathanson, Xan Cassavetes, Stephen Winter, Anthony Minghella, Natalie Portman, Fatih Akin, Joshua Marston, Hall Powell, Israel Horovitz, and James Strouse
Address Comments To:Tom O’Malley, President
Vivendi Entertainment (VE)
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The twelve stories are: A pickpocket (played by Hayden Christensen) falls for a young girl but first must outwit her current boyfriend, a married man (played by Andy Garcia). An Hasidic Jewish bride-to-be (played by Natalie Portman) shares a moment of connection with an Indian diamond seller (played by Irrfan Khan) as they barter over the price of a diamond. David, a movie composer (played by Orlando Bloom), pulls all-nighters to finish the score for a demanding director with the help of the director’s assistant (played by Christina Ricci). Ethan Hawke plays a fast-talking man who strikes up a conversation with a woman (Maggie Q), attempting to seduce her, only to discover that she is a call girl. Recently heartbroken teenager (played by Anton Yelchin) agrees to take the local pharmacist’s (played by James Caan) daughter to the prom but is surprised that she is in a wheel chair. A couple (played by Bradley Cooper and Drea De Matteo) agree to meet the next night after a one-night stand. In a surreal story, a former opera singer (played by Julie Christie) checks into a hotel and shares a glass of champagne with the bellhop (played by Shia LaBeouf) and each consider jumping out the window, though very little dialogue is exchanged. A black, male “nanny” (played by Carlos Acosta) takes a young white girl for a visit to Central Park and then reunites her with her mother, only to discover that the “nanny” is her father. An artist (played by Yazi Tura) asks a young Chinese woman (played by Shu Qi) to pose for him, but he dies before she can do that. An older married couple (played by Eli Wallach and Cloris Leachman) take a walk at Brighton Beach in celebration of their wedding anniversary. A husband and wife (played by Robin Wright Penn and Chris Cooper) attempt to rekindle their romance. As a point of continuity, many of the stories are captured by a roving videographer (played by Emilie Ohana).
The all-star cast is what really holds this disparate movie together. The performances are wonderful and engaging. It is like a collection of short stories or one-act plays. Most of the stories are one scene and only involve a couple of characters. Some are very touching, some are meant to be erotic, and some are meant to leave you questioning.
The older couple celebrating their anniversary by a walk to the beach is charming in its ability to capture the decades of married life as they shuffle along the boardwalk. The surreal story of the opera singer leaves more questions as to who jumped out the window than it does answer.
Each segment is directed by a different filmmaker and feels like a film festival with known actors. The look and feel of each story is different.
Once viewers understand that it is a collection of stories instead of one story, it flows well but the movie may take some audiences a bit by surprise at first.
Two of the stories contain graphic sexual scenes and one contains graphic sexual discussion. There is a small amount of foul language and the violence is limited.
Moviegoers should exercise extreme caution for viewing this assorted collection of New York stories.
The all-star cast in NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU is what holds this movie together. The performances are wonderful and engaging. Most of the stories are one scene and only involve a couple of characters. Some are very touching, some are meant to be erotic, and some are meant to leave you questioning. The older couple celebrating their anniversary by a walk to the beach is charming in its ability to capture the decades of married life as they shuffle along the boardwalk. Each segment is directed by a different filmmaker and feels like a film festival with known actors. Two stories contain graphic lewd scenes, however, and one contains a very lewd discussion. There is a small amount of foul language, and the violence is limited. Moviegoers should exercise extreme caution for viewing these New York stories.