Autumn in New York
Reviewed by: Brenda Hauck
1 hr. 43 min.
Year of Release:
August 11, 2000
My husband and I used 2 free movie tickets that I won at work to see “Autumn in New York”. I’m glad that the tickets were free because I never would have paid to see such a terrible movie.
The movie left us both feeling that there was a lot that should have happened that didn’t. Will Keane (Richard Gere) meets Charlotte (Winona Ryder) in a restaurant that he owns when Charlotte’s grandmother introduces them. Later you find that Will also slept with Charlotte’s mother. The 48-year-old Will and 22-year-old Charlotte “fall in love” and he learns that she is dying as he tells her, after they have slept together, that there is no chance for commitment. A real nice guy.
“Autumn in New York” is long and boring. Will is a playboy who, one week after starting a relationship with Charlotte, is found in the arms of another woman and breaks Charlotte’s heart. She forgives him and he sets out to find a surgeon that offers hope to save Charlotte from her terminal disease, yet fails.
As a Christian, this movie was very upsetting to me. First, that a man his age would consider dating a woman who is so young. There is a vivid sex scene on the first date, plus arguments with cursing and violence. Biblical morality is void in these characters, and tolerance for homosexuality is another message preached.
The only good point about “Autumn” was the forgiveness shown. Gere’s character had conceived a child out of wedlock some years ago. The girl finds him several years later and the reunion was a real tear-jerker. It offered the biblical point that all is and can be forgiven. Unfortunately, this strong scene was much too brief.
Pre-marital sex, sex with multiple partners, homosexuality, and the belief that when someone dies they are saved, no matter their faith or lack thereof in Jesus make this morally bankrupt film one to avoid.