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Sidewalks of New York (2001)

  Directed by: Edward Burns
Starring: Edward Burns, Rosario Dawson, Dennis Farina, Heather Graham, David Krumholtz, Brittany Murphy, Stanley Tucci
Links: Sidewalks of New York on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on DVD, Buy on Video
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 7.00 (2 ratings)
nofreelist.com Ranking: Ranked equal 104th of 187 movies (2 ratings minimum; see full chart)

"Fun, with a more serious side" - a review by andy-j

This film tells the story of the sex-lives of a bunch of people who live in New York. It documents the twisted, complicated, unpredictable, relationships that people get themselves involved in. Sidewalks of New York reminded me of the entire season of an American drama series. You know how you watch these shows like Law and Order or E.R and you always get to see the personal lives of some of the main characters? Their families, their maritial problems, their friendships etc.. this film reminded me of these a season's worth of these little sidestories all condensed down into a single movie (minus the hospital / police station / courtroom / lawyer's offices etc). This is not a bad thing at all. The movie is all about us witnessing the darker side of otherwise-normal people. Let's face it.. watching people screw their lives up is just plain entertaining (in an Arena-TV kinda way!). Throw in a dash of understated humour and you have yourself a recipe for a very fine film.

All of the acting is great, however, I must mention Heather Graham, who absolutely shines. I didn't think she could pull off a totally straight, conservative, faithful, loving wife. But she did it brilliantly. I forgot all about Rollergirl and her boobies!

Despite the fact that, on the surface, this is a bit trash, this film conveys the message that it ain't easy. That life and love is never straightforward, it's full of surprises and complications, and that it's how you cope with these things and what you want out of them that decides your level of satisfaction. I admire the fact that it managed to do all of this while passing virtually no judgement. Instead, the filmmakers have left it mostly up to the viewer to take what they will from this movie. Despite the fact that it shows the consequences of choices that people make, it doesn't judge them on these choices, and neither does it glamourise them. I found it interesting that the sleaziest character (the middle-aged television personality) was the character who seemed to be the most sure of himself, the one who seemed to know where he was at and was comfortable with it. I guess the makers wanted to present people's different choices in a totally different way.

A good solid film.

andy-j gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 31 Jul 2002

"A film for a contemplative person" - a review by pearly

Sidewalks of New York is all about relationships. Annie (Heather Graham) and Griffin (Stanley Tucci) are married, but Griffin is also getting a bit on the side with Ashley (Brittany Murphy). Ben (David Krumholtz) is keen on Ashley, but can't decide whether he'd rather have her or his ex-wife Maria (Rosario Dawson) who is being chased by Tommy (Edward Burns). Confused? Well, you shouldn't be; it's all pretty simple really.

The movie focusses on about a week in the life of six New Yorkers, as they go about their daily business; but in particular, their relationships. In between scenes, there are "vox pop" style interviews with each of the main characters, where they discuss their feelings on relationships. These interviews are really the focal point for the movie, which is a commentary on peoples' differing views on relationships.

On the one hand, there is Griffin, who shows no remorse for having an affair. On the other, there is Annie, who is sick of the world's obsession with sex. There are some interesting ideas brought up that illustrate people's behaviour; for example, Ashley isn't keen on Ben at first, because she finds it strange that he should be interested in her when he only gave her a 50 cent tip.

The script is interestingly-written, and the movie is filmed in such a way as to have a large percentage of the focus on the words, rather than any special effects or the like. It's refreshing to watch something like this, which makes you think about the things that are going on (and is designed to do just that).

If you're sick of effects-laden films where the script was thought up in a couple of hours, you'll probably really enjoy this. It's a great insight into the way that things are.

pearly gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 25 Jul 2002

Movie review statistics

Number of reviews: 2
Average rating: 7.00
Lowest rating: 7 (by andy-j, pearly)
Highest rating: 7 (by andy-j, pearly)
 
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