Julie Delpy directed and starred in 2 Days in Paris
, a 2007 film about romance, culture shock, and family. So is 2 Days in New York
, also directed by and starring Delpy, a direct sequel? Well--sort of. Her character has the same name, Marion, but she's moved on from her previous relationship and settled in NYC with a public-radio host named Mingus (Chris Rock). A sense of déjà vu is understandable, because here comes family again, in the form of her fragrant, boisterous father (Albert Delpy, Julie's real-life dad) and a sister towing her latest loser boyfriend (they're played by co-screenwriters Alexia Landeau and Alex Nahon). All of this trouble is happening while Marion is launching a gallery show, where the centrepiece of her collection is her soul, put up for the highest bidder. The makings of a likable enough comedy are here, but the film feels so slack, and the jokes so familiar, that 2 Days in New York
never manages to ignite. Delpy clearly loves Woody Allen movies, and that vibe creeps in from time to time, but it only underscores how far this movie falls from Woody's best. Kudos, however, to Chris Rock, who slips into the skin of a downtown intellectual and pulls off nice straight-man duty--even when he's conversing with a life-size cardboard cutout of Barack Obama. --Robert Horton
Julie Delpy writes, directs and stars in this romantic comedy, a sequel to her 2007 film '2 Days in Paris'. A few years have passed since the events of the last film and Marion (Delpy) has split with Jack. However, they share custody of their toddler son and Marion is now living in New York City with Mingus (Chris Rock), a radio show host with a young daughter of his own. The couple's domestic bliss is disrupted by the arrival of Marion's eccentric father, Jeannot (Albert Delpy), and tough cookie sister Rose (Alexia Landeau), along with an unexpected addition to the party, Rose's sometime-boyfriend (and Marion's ex), Manu (Alexandre Nahon), who have all come to town for Marion's debut photography exhibition opening, where she is planning to sell her soul to the highest bidder as a conceptual art piece.