Main Plot Points:
- Manhattan Romance centers in Danny (Tom O’Brien), a commercial editor and documentary filmmaker, as he attempts to finish his film – a study on modern relationships – while navigating the relationships in his own life.
- Will Danny continue to chase the unattainable Theresa, a free-spirited dancer (Caitlin FitzGerald), or will he finally admit he’s in love with his best friend Carla (Katherine Waterston) who is in an unfulfilling relationship with Emmy (Gaby Hoffmann), a political strategist?
What We Thought:
- Manhattan Romance is a smart, brutally honest look at dating and relationships in today’s world.
- The style and feel of the film reminded me of Edward Burns which is a good thing because I love his films. There’s clever dialogue which is also really honest. The characters sound like real people. They are believable and feel like people you know.
- It’s shot like an Ed Burns or Woody Allen film as well. It’s totally “indie” with the streets of New York being used not just as the setting, but as characters themselves. Whether they are in a bar, an apartment, at a wedding, the setting is just as important as what’s happening, it’s also part of what’s happening.
- Tom O’Brien’s character of Danny is pretty much a spot on, exact replica of almost every single guy today. Dating and relationships aren’t his thing, he’d rather be alone. He’s “with” one woman who’s very new age-y and talks about open relationships and spirituality. He puts up with it hoping to get laid. He doesn’t know how to “deal” with any of it. As a single adult male myself, Danny is my spirit animal. He’s a perfect representation of what we have to put up with. He’s making a documentary on relationships and love and it’s taking him much longer to complete than expected. I understood his issues way more than I’d like to admit.
- The other characters are just as fleshed out. You understand who they, why they do what they do and you probably know people exactly like them. I’m starting to fall for Katherine Waterston a lot. She’s a really good actress and I really liked her character in this. She plays off Tom and Gaby Hoffman really well. I’m also a fan of Caitlin FitzGerald who’s worked with Ed Burns too.
- Manhattan Romance is a nice little indie film I found well too relatable. If your college years are behind you and you’re still struggling to figure out life and relationships, give this one a watch.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Caitlin Fitzgerald
- Katherine Waterston
- Gaby Hoffman
- Tom O’Brien
Recommended if You Like:
- Sidewalks of New York
- Annie Hall
- Edward Burns/Woody Allen/New York films