A New Leaf

A New Leaf

DVD - 2012
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Henry Graham 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, refuses to give him a dime, so Henry devises a plan with the help of his imaginative butler to make his money the old-fashioned way--he can marry it.
Publisher: United States : Olive Films, c2012
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Feb 25, 2018

I love this movie!!!

Nov 24, 2014

Elaine May you are a genius!! You helped write, direct and star in "A New Leaf". You made up two of the funniest characters to ever be put on film. Walter Matthau as Henry Graham and you as Henrietta Lowell. Now I am not going to spoil the movie by giving additional plot details. I do think the supporting cast of Jack Weston and James Coco are fantastic. I get a laugh at how you made both you and Walter look like and act like nerds. Your imagination in creating such a loveable movie about two such nerds, is to be commended. Just look at the DVD box at how the two of you look. This will never get old or out of date. We will be laughing at these two nerds for generations to come.

Jul 14, 2014

An absolutely delightful and often unpredictably comedy. I can't believe I'd known nothing about this film for so long and would love to see the alleged 180 minute version. Matthau, most often the everyslob of American films, is wonderfully miscast as a spoiled manchild with no morals or empathy for others. Probably one of the great satires about "trapped in a bubble" rich people. May is also great as the less unscrupulous yet just as clueless heiress. I also didn't see the ending coming, a wonderful surprise.

Jul 14, 2014

One of the best movies. Funny, heartwarming, with great acting. 5 stars

Jun 03, 2014

An underrated 1971 comedy gem from writer-director Elaine May (one half of legendary comedy team Nichols and May--director Mike Nichols is the other half) and her brilliant co-star Walter Matthau. See this movie for Matthau's marvelously dyspeptic performance, May's crazy-funny dialogue ("...and this is Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Hitler...") and the sterling support of character actors Jack Weston, Doris Roberts ("Everybody Loves Raymond") and James Coco. A classic.

voisjoe1 Mar 03, 2014

Elaine May wrote, directed, and starred in this somewhat dark screwball comedy. Her director’s cut ran 180 minutes, but the studio cut out 78 minutes so we get only to see a 102 minute film. There are some eye-rolling outright laughter moments as Walter Matthau will do anything to rebuild his fortune and Elaine will fall for any wolf’s flattering bs. We probably will never see the full length feature, as it seemingly took forever to even get a DVD release of this 102 minute version. Elaine went on to direct the disastrous movie Ishtar.

Aug 24, 2013

This is a lost classic of 1970's cinema written, directed and played by Elaine May with Walter Matthau in the lead role. It was buried due to creative differences with the studio and May purportedly disowned this cut of the film.

But even though it is not the vision of the director, this version stands on its own with many lines that should be part of Hollywood legend. If you like your comedies to have a little more bite (incl. a wisp of darkness) without all of the syruppy goo that usually gets served up with Hollywood rom-coms, this is the film for you. Matthau and May make a great combo (the two minutes spent rearranging a Grecian toga are hilarious) and they are supported by a terrific supporting cast including Jack Weston, James Coco, George Rose, Doris Roberts and David Doyle (Bosley in Charlie's Angels).


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