EW Staff
May 23, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Ed's Next Move

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
88 minutes
performer
Kevin Carroll, Matt Ross, Callie Thorne
director
John Walsh
author
John Walsh
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B

Though the small-town-boy-meets-big-city conceit has been overworked, Ed’s Next Move manages to freshen it. The initial move that Ed (Matt Ross) makes is from a Wisconsin farm to New York City, where his lack of cynicism stuns the natives. His next one, though, is tougher: striking up a romance with the beautiful, aloof woman (Callie Thorne) who catches his eye. Keeping Ed’s Manhattan assimilation nicely understated, Ross makes his character’s naivete charming rather than rubelike — and Ed’s embarrassment at the Midwest’s signature symbols (like cows and cheese) rings true. A theatrical flyover, this indie film has a pleasing light touch. B

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