New York, I Love You

  • Year:2009
  • Rating:M
  • Director:Fatih Akin, Yvan Attal, Randy Balsmeyer, Allen Hughes, Shunji Iwai, Shekhar Kapur, Joshua Marston, Mira Nair, Natalie Portman, Brett Ratner, Jiang Wen
  • Cast:Orlando Bloom, James Caan, Bradley Cooper, Andy Garcia, Ethan Hawke, Shia LaBeouf, Robin Wright Penn, Natalie Portman, Christina Ricci
  • Release Date:May 13, 2010
  • Distributor:Madman
  • Running time:103 minutes
  • Film Worth:$12.00
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Backed by a formidable cast of talent, the eleven stories which comprise this film are full of surprises and easily enjoyable

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 Following on from Paris Je T'Aime, this is the second film in the ‘Cities Of Love' series. It boasts a formidable cast, and no fewer than eleven directors including Fatih Akin, Jiang Wen and Shekhar Khapur. There are eleven stories too, though they snake around so that characters from some crop up in others. The unifying premise of these tales is of course love, or more specifically "some sort of love encounter, broadly defined". Most of them work, more or less, and though there are surprisingly few particularly moving scenes given the theme, there are plenty of funny ones. And of course the Manhattan backdrop is itself appropriately seductive.

Twists and surprises feature prominently here, so plot details should be kept sketchy. It wouldn't be the Big Apple without fast cynical patter, and one of the best-written scenes involves a self-styled ladies' man (Ethan Hawke) belting out quips to the stranger whose cigarette he's just lit... then there's the Jewish bride-to-be (Natalie Portman) haggling with an Indian jeweller... and the self-conscious kid taking a girl in a wheelchair to  his high school prom... or the atypically eerie scene with the former opera singer (Julie Christie) and the bellboy sharing a glass of champagne...

New York, I Love You is a mild and a guilty pleasure, but it's a pleasure nonetheless. It gets cute on occasion, the portmanteau structure has become overly familiar, and there is a predictable surfeit of the young and decorative (Christie, John Hurt, James Caan and Eli Wallach notwithstanding). But it's full of ideas and very watchable.

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