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Sidewalks of New York

Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

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In a city of 8 million people, what are the odds that the perfect two will meet?

Six unknowingly connected New Yorkers seek love - but often settle for lust - in this romantic comedy that kisses and tells.

Persons of interest

  • Edward Burns
  • Heather Graham
  • Stanley Tucci
  • David Krumholz
  • Brittany Murphy
  • Edward Burns .... Screenwriter
  • Edward Burns .... Director

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Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

A strong romantic comedy drama conceived by an above-adequate writer/director/actor. It will please all theatrical persons, and those with an interest in the cinema (as opposed to the movies).

Sidewalks of New York, so-titled because of the "person in the street" interviews that run through the film (sometimes hilarious, sometimes biting, sometimes ironic but always revealing), takes you deeper into the lives of a bunch of too easily but not unrewardingly connected New Yorkers who share the public version of their lives with the camera then unknowingly share their private lives. This is a formal structure that Edward Burns, the auteur, uses well to dissect his subjects. Where the film falls down is in the middle-class nature of the characters. It allows a lot of people to relate but doesn't make for any meaty dilemmas. It's a white bread world.

If Sidewalks of New York had been made in Australia it would be called Footpaths of Footscray, but don't let that put you off: Edward Burns and Heather Graham are pretty cute and you might just see yourself on the big screen.

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level coarse language, sexual references, low level sex scene)

Surveillance time

108 minutes (1:48 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 23 May 2002
DVD rental: 22 November 2002
VHS rental: 22 November 2002

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