Ed's Next Move

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Ed's Next Move ★★½ 1996 (R)

Genial indie NYC comedy with a Woody Allen feel is littered with whimsical one-liners. Title character Ed (Ross) moves from small-town Wisconsin to New York after a break-up with his girlfriend. Being that he's a rice geneticist, it's not a big leap to conclude that Ed's a bit uptight, so it's imperative that Ed's big city roommate, the suave Ray (Carroll), hip him up to better meet the ladies. Soon, Ed falls for boho Lee (Thorne) leader of a band called “Ed's Redeeming Qualities.” Fun fantasy sequence involving Ed, his old girlfriend and two translators is a highlight. Low-budgeter, with a first time writer/director (Walsh), and it shows, but in a good-natured way. Though more could be asked visually, picture does boast good performers and well-drawn characters. 88m/C VHS . Matt Ross, Callie (Calliope) Thorne, Kevin Carroll, Ramsey Faragallah, Nina Shevaleva, James (Jimmy) Cummings; D: John Walsh; W: John Walsh; C: Peter Nelson.