Cloying, trite and a bit kleptomaniacal, writer-director-editor Joachim Heden’s “New York Waiting” has one vaguely interesting dramatic device, an Empire State Building meeting borrowed from at least four other movies: “Love Affair” (1939 and 1994), “An Affair to Remember” (1957) and “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993). Romance-oriented, desperate-for-content cable outlets might entertain this anemic melodrama.
First seen in a painful, slow-mo breakup (in the rain) with his ex-girlfriend, diehard romantic Sidney (Chris Stewart) arrives in New York having sent the ex, Coreen (Katrina Nelson), a plane ticket and an invitation to meet him on the observation deck of the Empire State Building on a certain date, at a certain time. The film informs of the approaching appointment with titles such as “2 days, 8 hrs. 49 mins.” You begin to count every second.
Cut to Amy (Annie Woods), a cute-as-a-button arrivee in New York whose boyfriend, Michael (Don Wildman) can’t get off his cell phone long enough to kiss her hello.
Helmer Heden can’t seem to do anything economically: Amy’s arrival and the diagnosis of her and Michael’s relationship could have been accomplished with a three-second set-up, rather than the protracted manner in which the film proceeds. Worse, nothing significant is given adequate time to develop, but eons go by without anything happening. When Amy and Sidney meet at a cafe — Amy having left Michael’s with nowhere to go — the conversation goes on seemingly forever without anything being accomplished; 10 minutes later, they’re having the deepest, most intimate romantic-philosophical conversation
“New York Waiting” is a professionally executed production with characters that simply are not believable.The cast members do a good job with what they have to work with; unfortunately, what they have to work with isn’t much.
Pic often feels like filler for the dead space between alt-rock love songs.