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Overall Rating
2.23

Awesome: 0%
Worth A Look: 11.63%
Average: 25.58%
Pretty Bad37.21%
Total Crap: 25.58%

3 reviews, 25 user ratings


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Autumn in New York
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by Cochise

"This 'chick flick' needs work."
3 stars

“Autumn in New York” is a girlie film that should have been tweaked before it was released. The plot does not focus on what I feel should have been the main thrust of the film. Besides that, the plot is very average, and moves much too slowly.

In order to explain why the film needs tuning up, I have to reveal the ending. So . . .if you don't want to know what happens in the end, don't read this until after you have seen the film.

The theme of the film, in my opinion, is the redemption of Will, a likeable sleaze who is the main male character. In the beginning of the film we see him as a smoothie who can lie glibly to Charlotte, the girl whom he is dating, by telling her he didn’t have sex on the roof with an ex-girl friend. (And he is so good at lying that I thought he was telling the truth.) It is only when Charlotte performs a bionic lie-detector test on him - by putting her hand over his heart - that she (and we) find out he was lying. In the end of the film, Will becomes redeemed as he is no longer a sleaze and has become reconciled with his daughter. If you are having a problem figuring out what his daughter has to do with the plot, than you are having the same problem the film has.

Will’s daughter (who is pregnant in the end of the film) does not seem to be very important to the plot. We see very little of her, only enough to learn that Will is estranged from her and unable to reconcile with her. This fact is so overshadowed by the main plot (Charlotte’s illness), that it is does not seem that important. However, his estrangement should be important to the plot.

The film is about Charlotte dying of an incurable disease even though the best surgeon in the country tried to operate on her. (Typical girlie film.) Now, in the part of the hospital scene where Charlotte’s operation takes place, we see that Will, while he is waiting for news about Charlotte, has his hand on his daughter’s stomach. (He is obviously feeling the baby.) Then, when the film ends, he is holding the new baby, and his daughter says in a voice-over that she is now happy as she spending time with her father.

It seems to me that, as Will reconciling with his daughter comes after Charlotte’s death, it is the a crucial point of the film. Now, if it was so crucial, I wondered why Will’s relationship with his daughter was given such little emphasis. And because it was not emphasized, the ending sort of sneaks up on you. This can be a good thing, but in this film it isn’t. The film actually failed in the ending because it made me think, “So, that was what the film was supposed to be about, why wasn't it?” (The director under-emphasizing Will’s relationship with his daughter spoiled the film for me.)

One thing that I did like about this film is that it attempted to deal with the issue of the age difference between Will and Charlotte. (Instead of leading us to believe that it is not at all unusual for a man to become the lover of a woman thirty years younger than him.) Unfortunately, the film did not have the courage to deal with the age issue in more than a superficial way.

I was disappointed in Richard Gere. He seemed to be walking through the part, and, except for the lying scene (which was good), he did not appear to be putting his full effort into the role. It was like he was playing the type of character that Richard Gere usually plays rather than playing a real person.

I found this film entertaining, but disappointing. There are better chick flicks around. (“Message in a Bottle,” to name one.)

I won’t tell you not to see this film. But, if you do watch it, have lots of popcorn ready to munch on so you won’t get bored.

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originally posted: 05/31/01 18:57:25
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User Comments

6/12/10 PAUL SHORTT BANAL ROMANTIC DRAMA 1 stars
2/11/08 Pamela White very sad Gere needed other than Winona 3 stars
2/28/07 Keystra Williams Hey Kristina, I fell asleep too! 1 stars
5/28/06 SophiaNY I enjoyed looking at Richard Gere 3 stars
12/09/04 Kristina Williams I FELL ASLEEP.ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ 1 stars
8/19/04 courtney if your in for a good cry take a look 4 stars
7/08/03 Atanu pretentious junk. 1 stars
4/13/03 Joesco Winona georgeous but film distinctly average 3 stars
1/04/03 Jack Sommersby Underrated. Immensely moving and exquisitely acted. 4 stars
12/03/02 Phil M. Aficionado Kinda liked it; especially Winona. I'd have fallen for her in a heartbeat, too. 4 stars
8/11/02 karen goldstein boring and as stupid as those stupid hats that winona creates in this lamo movie 1 stars
4/28/02 fjkdljskfds Who is a more dislikable actor that gere? no one. his schtick is old. 1 stars
2/01/02 Andrew Carden Crappy and Totally Boring Movie. Overlengthed Also. 1 stars
6/09/01 Turtle I look back and ask myself "Why did I give this Worth A Look?" 3 stars
3/25/01 Jennifer Mosier bad movie, good for watching while playing computer games 2 stars
2/18/01 peter harris one of the worst movies i have seen in years 1 stars
2/05/01 orpy Terrible! I literally fell asleep sitting up! Not believable one bit; R. Gere was a bore. 2 stars
1/24/01 PAUL R Really getting tired of Gere. 2 stars
12/28/00 Turtle Nice acting and a sad ending. 4 stars
12/12/00 Mark A well executed tear jerker that doesn't pretend to be anything else. 4 stars
11/21/00 Pam bit predictable and poorly cast 3 stars
11/18/00 Connoisseur it looks like the sappiest, worst movie of the year (haven't seen it though) 1 stars
8/28/00 movie chick All the hokey plot complications spoil the movie 2 stars
8/25/00 **~**Persnickety**~** wow, what a true piece of shit, the boom mics deserve an oscar for their numerous cameos!! 1 stars
8/21/00 WinonaRyderIsOnCrack The boom mics had more camera time than the actors-i would be ashamed to be a part of this 1 stars
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  11-Aug-2000 (PG-13)

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