A New Leaf G

"Do you take this woman?" "Yes, for everything she's got."
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  • Rated: G
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: September 4, 2012
  • Originally Released: 1971
  • Label: Olive
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • English

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Total Count: 34


User Ratings: 991
Rating: 4/5 -- A Manhattan fairy tale with a wonderfully mordant edge. Full Review
Radio Times
Jan 8, 2019
The movie being shown at the Music Hall is so nutty and so funny, so happily reminiscent of the screwball comedies people aren't supposed to be able to make any more, I'm quite satisfied to let things stand. Full Review
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Studio intervention preserves a quite lucid, strange, effervescent morality play pitched from May's unique purview outside either sentimentality or cynicism.
Film Comment
Jul 1, 2012
A New Leaf that represents the more miraculous achievement in wresting from domestic torment a plausibly happy ending. Or rather, an ending that is realistic about the compromises required to be happy. Full Review
Sight and Sound
Jan 8, 2019
Rating: 3/5 -- In some ways a throwback to the screwball comedies of the 1930s, A NEW LEAF often recalls several of them in its satire, inventiveness and wit. Full Review
TV Guide
Jan 8, 2019
Elaine May's directorial debut still makes for cherishable comedy viewing precisely because she eschewed the modish flash her former cabaret partner Mike Nichols brought to his movie-making. Full Review
Time Out
Jan 26, 2006
Rating: 4/4 -- One of the funniest movies of our unfunny age. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Oct 24, 2004

Product Description:

Henry Graham (Walter Matthau) is a man with a problem: he has run through his entire inheritance, and is completely unequipped to provide for himself. His childhood guardian, Uncle Harry (a deliciously mean-spirited James Coco), refuses to give him a dime, and Henry, completely unwilling to exercise the only solution he sees--suicide-- devises a plan with the help of his imaginative butler: he can make money the old-fashioned way--he can marry it. With a temporary loan from Uncle Harry to tide him over, Henry has six weeks to find a bride, marry her, and repay the money, or else he must forfeit all his property to his uncle. With only days remaining, Henry meets clumsy, painfully shy heiress Henrietta Lowell (played by director Elaine May). She's the answer to his prayers--if only Henry can overcome the obstacles placed in his path by Uncle Harry, Henrietta's lawyer, and Henry's own reluctance to wed.
In writer/director Elaine May's (known for her collaboration as a stage comedienne with THE GRADUATE director Mike Nichols) freshman directing effort, she directs a strong cast, in addition to herself in the lead female role. Written for the screen by May from a short story by Jack Ritchie, this black comedy features hilarious performances by its two leads, as well as the wonderfully dry George Rose as Matthau's overly involved, but always proper, butler.

Plot Synopsis:

Comedienne and writer Elaine May's first directing project features Walter Matthau as a scheming, morally and financially bankrupt idle heir to a fortune he has frittered away. May directs herself as the enormously wealthy, but painfully shy botanist on whom he fixes his attentions. The film was written for the screen by May from a short story by Jack Ritchie.


Production Notes:

  • In what would become true Elaine May fashion, the film's original $1.8 million budget shot to over $4 million by the time it was completed. Shooting went 40 days over schedule, and editing took over ten months. Similar scenarios occurred on her later project MIKEY AND NICKY.
  • During shooting, producer Howard Koch, Sr. tried to have May removed from the film, but she had put a $200,000 penalty clause in her contract, and Koch was persuaded to keep her.
  • After May wouldn't show Paramount a rough cut of the film ten months into editing, Robert Evans took the film away from her and recut it. Angered at the alteration of her version, May tried to take her name off the film and sued Paramount to keep it from opening. A judge overruled the motion, and the film opened to good reviews and good business.

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A New Destitution! Movie Lover: from Santa Clarita, CA US -- September, 30, 2017

I purchased the Blu Ray version of this film when I came across it a few years ago, because I find it to be hilarious! Matthau is perfect & great, as usual, excellent for this role. May is one of the first female directors, and is very talented. There are a number of little side plots that contribute towards propelling and advancing the main theme. The scene where he is told by his accountant that he is flat broke, is particularly Delicious! A Must See! Walter, as you know, can be very expressive. The film from which this DVD was made, is slightly worn. The regular DVD, here, is therefore, adequate. Very highly recommended!

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