|THE NIGHT WE NEVER MET (director/writer: Warren Leight; cinematographer: John Thomas; editor: Camilla Toniolo; music: Evan Lurie; cast: Matthew Broderick (Sam Lester), Annabella Sciorra (Ellen Holder), Kevin Anderson (Brian McVeigh), Jeanne Tripplehorn (Pastel), Justine Bateman (Janet Beehan), Michael Mantell (Aaron Holder), Christine Baranski (Lucy), Garry Shandling (Dental Patient), Ranjit Chowdhry (Cabbie); Runtime: 98; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Michael Peyser; Miramax (HBO Video); 1993)|
|"I think it works for a New York
dating age audience better than it does for
out of towners."
by Dennis Schwartz
writer-director Warren Leight
weighs in with his offbeat version on replicating
Woody Allen comedy films about New Yorkers with
this lightweight cutesy would-be hipster New
York rom/com. It's about young city dwellers,
thirtysomethings, who do not know each other but are
sharing a Greenwich Village studio apartment on a
time-share alternate day schedule. The three leads,
sharing the apartment, are the slovenly yuppie
stockbroker Kevin Anderson, bored housewife Annabella
Sciorra. and the unlucky in love nice guy Matthew
Broderick. The man behind the scheme is the unlikable
Kevin, who desires to keep his bachelor pad, while
moving into his upper-class fiancee
Justine Bateman's bigger apartment,
for a few nights to play poker with the boys and
escape from his woman for awhile. The
frustrated Annabella needs a place to retreat from her
dull hubby Michael Mantell and to finish her amateur
paintings. While the sensitive Matthew, our hapless
hero, is in the dumps after dumped by his performance
artist girlfriend Jeanne Tripplehorn and
wishes to be away from his noisy roommates.
crowd-pleasing episodic film relies on situational
comedy, as each tenant must face the music about their
secret pad hook-up in their own way. I think it works
for a New York dating age audience better than it does
for out of towners.
Comedian Garry Shandling has a funny cameo as a
wiseguy patient of dental hygienist Sciorra.
REVIEWED ON 9/10/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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