Posted in: Disc Reviews by David Annandale on September 15th, 2004
Naked in New York follows the ups and downs of the relationship between EricStoltz and Mary-Louise Parker. Stoltz is our narrator. He is raised by deeply neurotic singlemother Jill Clayburgh, and he works out his conflicted feelings about his family in some(apparently) promising plays during his college years. It is hear that he meets Parker, who hashuge talent as a photographer, but is very insecure and self-deprecating about her own talent.Their relationship is put…to the test when, for instance, Parker is taken under the wing of galleryowner Timothy Dalton while Stoltz struggles with writer’s block, or when Stoltz is lured backto New York after actress Kathleen Turner takes an interest in his work.
The satire of the art and writing scene scores some solid hits (though some of the gags arepretty easy), and Stoltz’s narration bounces off what we see on the screen in humorous ways. Inthe end, however, the whole project feels too much like would-be Woody Allen, from the smart-but-neurotic smart-alec hero on down.
Within the limits of 2.0, the music and surround effects are pretty solid, providing a decentdegree of environmental sensation. There is an occasionally slightly harsh sound to the dialogue,but nothing too severe.
The video is more disappointing. Though the colours are good, as are the blacks, there issome grain. Worse, though, is the fact that the aspect ratio is fullscreen. There is no reason forthis, and I expect better from Columbia TriStar.
Trailers for 13 Going on 30, My Best Friend’s Wedding and America’sSweethearts. The menu is basic.
Very much dumped on the market, with a minimum of care. The movie, while not perfect,deserves better than that.
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