Not much to sing about in Serenade

New York City Serenade

on September 13, 2007 by Susan Green
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The title of New York City Serenade , writer-director Frank Whaley's regrettable comedy, is terribly misleading. For one thing, much of the action takes place in some other, unspecified state. In addition, Chris Klein as a yahoo named Ray and Freddie Prinze, Jr. as the straight-laced Owen seem thoroughly L.A. The latter young man, an aspiring filmmaker engaged to Lynn (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), is always getting into trouble thanks to boozehound Ray, for whom life is an endless party.
   
After a series of typically disastrous decisions, the mismatched childhood friends head for a film festival that has accepted Owen's short. There, they harass the only famous person around (Wallace Shawn, as himself) and wreak havoc in their hotel room, before bumbling into a predictable moment of truth. Prinze's limited range as an actor drags down a spirited performance by Klein, but the script is too awful to give either of them much hope. 

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Distributor: TBD
Cast: Chris Klein, Freddie Prize Jr., Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Sebastian Roche, Wallace Shawn and Frank Whaley
Director/Screenwriter: Frank Whaley
Producers: Rachel Peters and James Jones
Genre: Comedy
Rating: Not yet rated
Running time: 104 min.
Release date: TBD

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