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Pretend It's a City

By Marina Gordon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Docuseries is warm tribute to famously cranky writer.

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Even if you don't cherish Fran Lebowitz as Martin Scorsese does (he appears to adore every word and guffaws at every joke), three hours with her feels like an afternoon in New York with an astutely acerbic aunt. Pretend It's a City is a love letter to both Lebowitz and the New York she and Scorsese inhabit and exemplify. We see the writer, now in her 70s, stride down Manhattan streets with a level of comfort and familiarity that young people have mimicked for decades.

Lebowitz has remained a keen observer of the world around her, but she is proudly out of step with modern life; she famously doesn't use a mobile phone or the internet or a computer and instead has surrounded herself with 10,000 books. The series hits differently than it would have before the COVID-19 pandemic; even the most mundane interactions can feel nostalgic, as far off as the clips from Lebowitz decades ago. Here's hoping these two quintessential New Yorkers can make a third collaboration.

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