Synopsis by Mark Deming
Can a nerdy and hopelessly Midwestern man find happiness with a cynical bohemian gal in New York City? Eddie Brodsky (Matthew Ross) is a genetic scientist living in Wisconsin who is crossbreeding new strains of rice; he's the sort of person who is so rigidly ordered that he's already picked out and paid for his cemetery plot -- and he's not even 30 years old yet. After his girlfriend gives him his walking papers, Eddie decides he needs to change his life and takes a job in New York City, where his new roommate Ray (Kevin Caroll) encourages him to loosen up a bit and gives him advice on charming the ladies. After a few disastrous dates, Eddie meets Lee (Callie Thorn), short for Natalie, who plays violin in a post-modern folk-rock ensemble. While Eddie and Lee have almost nothing in common on the surface, he finds her lovely and charming, and by hook or by crook he's determined to make things work with her. Ed's Next Move was the debut feature from writer/director John Walsh; it was primarily financed with credit cards and made possible in part by the availability of a stash of leftover film stock from Wayne Wang's film Smoke.
love, rice, scientist, violinist