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New York, I Love You

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Sometimes-edgy shorts collection captures Big Apple's verve.

Movie R 2009 110 minutes
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As might be expected from a collection of shorts, New York, I Love You has both highs and lows. Robin Wright Penn's installment goes from heartbreaking to hopeful, while a connective storyline about a filmmaker is inert. The segment featuring Christie (which also stars Shia LaBeouf) is affectingly dreamlike, while one about a composer forced to read a classic is leaden. But there are many moments to enjoy, and the acting is first rate.

Still, because of the movie's structure, the audience can't get too invested in any one storyline -- a legitimate complaint. But what's truly missed is a larger sense of place. Yes, we see Manhattan's taxi cabs, glamorous restaurants, and crowded streets. But the neighborhoods are paint-by-numbers different. In the end, the New York presented here still feels a little bit like a city observed by outsiders instead of those who truly revel in its specific beauty and insanity. And doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose of a movie like this?

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