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Sudden Manhattan
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Directed By
Adrienne Shelly

Written By:
Adrienne Shelly

Adrienne Shelly, Tim Guinee, Roger Rees, Louise Lasser, Paul Cassell, Chuck Montgomery, Pamela Gray, Hynden Walch, C.C. Loveheart, Dave Simonds, Melinda Wade, Brian Quirk, Elizabeth Newett, Jon Sklaroff, C.C. Loveheart, Shirl Bernheim

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Sudden Manhattan (1997)
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Movie Review by Zara
June 26th, 2007

Sorry, he'd need to get it up for me

Let me first state that I hate that whenever a woman makes a movie, everyone starts instantly referring it to being just like a male director's version of (fill in the blank). I've seen the quote on the image here (Scorsese? I f*cking think not.) as well as many references to this movie being what Woody Allen would have made if he were a woman.

Can we just say that this was made by a woman and be ok with that fact? Is it really too difficult for people to envision women in writer/director roles? f*ck.

I think people will most likely judge this movie more harshly or give it more credit than it is due based on the fact that Shelly is (was) a woman. Sorta like the little blocks that they gave GI JANE to use when she climbed over the wall. I prefer to examine it just where it stands.

This movie definitely has a charm. And that charm lies not completely on the delightful presence of Shelly, someone who had this magical essence to her. The looks on her face in different scenes are sometimes forced and sometimes so painfully natural that it's hard to believe that she's acting. But it is in the inflection of her light and lilting voice that wins you over. If not for her, this would have been just an overly ambitious debut low budget flick from any schmoe.

The other thing that helps this movie out is a solid cast of supporting characters. From scoring Louis Lasser and Roger Rees, two established actors, to the funny Paul Cassell and Jon Sklaroff as the bizarre friends that Hynden Walch hooks up with (also fantastic as Georgie) and finishing off with the rather hunky Tim Guinee, the movie lucks out in having a crew that was doing far more than they were most likely getting paid for.

However, this movie also goes a little too left of center for me. I'm not saying that I needed an explanation as to what was going on with the whole murder deal, but I am saying that it just didn't meld well as a whole with the rest of the movie. It was as if Shelly believed what most other people (and by that I mean male peoples) would and that's that no one would be interested in watching the ramblings of a directionless woman in New York unless she was shown to be unstable. Hell, she could have been shown to be unstable without thinking (or actually seeing) murders being committed.

All in all, this is a foundation movie. Shelly needed to make this movie in order to give her the chops that allowed her to create the fantastic WAITRESS.

And again, it is a f*cking pity what happened to her. A damn shame. So this also serves as further proof of that.

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Zombie Boy
Jun 26, 2007 10:27 PM
Do you not agree that Tim Guinee looks a hell of a lot like Nathan Fillion?
Jun 26, 2007 10:33 PM
Not a "hell" of a lot. But that's because I've drooled over Fillion since he was on TWO GUYS, A GIRL AND A PIZZA PLACE. Between him and Ryan Reynolds, that was one moist half hour for me.

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