6.0/10
865
17 user 36 critic

The Only Living Boy in New York (2017)

R | | Drama | 11 August 2017 (USA)
Trailer
2:26 | Trailer
Adrift in New York City, a recent college graduate's life is upended by his father's mistress.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Popularity
1,549 ( 384)

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Brad's Status (2017)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A father takes his son to tour colleges on the East Coast and meets up with an old friend who makes him feel inferior about his life's choices.

Director: Mike White
Stars: Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams, Jenna Fischer
Tulip Fever (2017)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An artist falls for a young married woman while he's commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam.

Director: Justin Chadwick
Stars: Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Jack O'Connell
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Stars: Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After losing his farm during the floods of 1953, a romantic Dutch farmer is tired of getting his socks wet. He cycles to Italy and decides to grow tulips in the sweltering heat of Puglia.

Director: Mike van Diem
Stars: Ksenia Solo, Lidia Vitale, Giancarlo Giannini
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An unhinged social media stalker moves to LA and insinuates herself into the life of an Instagram star.

Director: Matt Spicer
Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O'Shea Jackson Jr.
Patti Cake$ (2017)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

PATTI CAKE$ is centered on aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, who is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey.

Director: Geremy Jasper
Stars: Danielle Macdonald, Bridget Everett, Siddharth Dhananjay
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith
Good Time (2017)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

After a heist goes awry, a bank robber tries to free his brother from Rikers Island, all in one night.

Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
Stars: Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Wind River (2017)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A veteran tracker with the Fish and Wildlife Service helps to investigate the murder of a young Native American woman, and uses the case as a means of seeking redemption for an earlier act of irresponsibility which ended in tragedy.

Director: Taylor Sheridan
Stars: Kelsey Asbille, Jeremy Renner, Julia Jones
Hampstead (2017)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An American widow finds unexpected love with a man living wild on Hampstead Heath when they take on the developers who want to destroy his home.

Director: Joel Hopkins
Stars: Brendan Gleeson, James Norton, Diane Keaton
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Ethan Webb
...
Judith Webb
...
...
George
...
David
...
Barbara
...
Anna
...
Ari
...
Irwin Sanders
...
Uncle Buster
...
Prominent New Yorker
...
Gay Couple
Edit

Storyline

Adrift in New York City, a recent college graduate's life is upended by his father's mistress.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

title based on song | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some drug material | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 August 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Canción de Nueva York  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$54,458 (USA) (13 August 2017)

Gross:

$163,145 (USA) (20 August 2017)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Second film to be directed by Marc Webb being released in 2017. First was Gifted (2017) in April. See more »


Soundtracks

Oysters
(uncredited)
Written by Benji Hughes
Performed by Meshell Ndegeocello
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
for the audience
7 August 2017 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. When a movie borrows its title from a great Simon and Garfunkel song, and then utilizes the song to emphasize a point during the story, we can't help but have high expectations. This is often true even if it appears we are likely to be subjected to yet another movie featuring the all too familiar ground of New York intellectuals brewing and stewing their own problems. Director Marc Webb (500 DAYS OF SUMMER, GIFTED) delivers the type of film that critics tend to rip, and audiences like to watch.

Much of the story seems familiar, but the excellent cast prevents the clichés from being overly distracting. Callum Turner stars as Thomas, an aimless writer-wannabe and recent college graduate with daddy issues. Thomas spends his time dreaming about what he might be and pining for the beautiful, intelligent girl with whom he hangs out. It's understandable why Mimi (Kiersey Clemons) has friend-zoned him, since she has ambitions and goals, while he mostly just talks and drifts through each day. One evening while enjoying their conversation over drinks, Thomas spots his dad getting beyond "friendly" with a beautiful young woman in a corner booth. This is upsetting because Thomas' parents are still married, and his mother is at home working through clinical depression.

Ethan (Pierce Brosnan) is a well-known publisher and Judith (Cynthia Nixon) is an artist in a fragile state. As with most self-centered twenty-somethings, Thomas has just assumed the marriage was fine and their family fell into the "normal" range of dysfunction. It's about this time when the movie assumes the tone of a Woody Allen movie. Thomas turns detective and begins following the mysterious beauty from the booth, and their first encounter is a bit awkward. He finds himself mesmerized by Johanna (Kate Beckinsale). She's the stuff that dreams (and fantasies) are made of … for both fathers and sons.

Johanna is really the second spell that Thomas has fallen under. His neighbor W.F. has been providing sage advice on love and writing. It's yet another terrific performance from Jeff Bridges, who plays the alcoholic mentor with secrets of his own. See, every character here carries the weight and burden of their own secrets and plays games in every relationship. In fact, much of the movie plays like group therapy – two characters at a time.

No superheroes exist in this world. There are no car chases or guns, and the only knife is used to slice strawberries in the kitchen. The movie could be described as a coming-of-age story; however, it's not just Thomas that has growing up to do. A deeper message is on display for those who take notice. Every person and every family has secrets, and many people find an inability to be honest and open to be a much simpler way to go through life. We know that people aren't always good – even when we really want them to be.

Of course, we do get the obligatory dinner party with a table full of New York intellectuals (including Wallace Shawn) reminiscing about what a great city it used to be. Actually, nostalgia is an underlying theme throughout. The dinner party does provide Thomas the opportunity to drop the best 'Philadelphia' line since W.C. Fields. The script provides some other quality lines, and though it's certainly not at the level of Whit Stillman or Noah Baumbach, it marks a step up for writer Allan Loeb, who is renowned for such lackluster efforts as COLLATERAL BEAUTY, THE SPACE BETWEEN US and JUST GO WITH IT. He likely owes director Webb and cast a debt of gratitude.


9 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?