Henry Graham is a man with a problem: he has run through his entire inheritance, and is completely unequipped to provide for himself. His childhood guardian, Uncle Harry (a deliciously mean-spirited James Coco), refuses to give him a dime, and Henry, completely unwilling to exercise the only solution he sees–suicide– devises a plan with the help of his imaginative butler: he can make money the old-fashioned way–he can marry it. With a temporary loan from Uncle Harry to tide him over, Henry has six weeks to find a bride, marry her, and repay the money, or else he must forfeit all his property to his uncle. With only days remaining, Henry meets clumsy, painfully shy heiress Henrietta Lowell (played by director Elaine May). She’s the answer to his prayers–if only Henry can overcome the obstacles placed in his path by Uncle Harry, Henrietta’s lawyer, and Henry’s own reluctance to wed.
Drew from Baltimore
User Reviews: Il not recount the story, as others have. The lack of response and proper public recognition for this film my be due to Elaine May’s very dry wit and wry sense of humor, which, I think, simply sailed over the heads of many viewers. And it’s truly most unfortunate, as this is a VERY funny film (for those who are perceptive and appreciate the subtler and darker shades of humor and life)! To the dude who rated it a "1": "A New Leaf" was nominated for 2 Golden Globes (Comedy — Best Picture and Best Actress) and for the WGA’s (the industry’s official Writer’s Guild — i.e., her peers, other screenwriters) writing award for best comedy (from another medium) that year! No offense, but I value my own (and their) sensibilities a bit more than yours!! And it’s impeccably acted, as others have mentioned, filled with flawless comedic timing and wry, wry wit. Simply wonderful.