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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.
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
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I was very concerned when Delpy announced a sequel. I then saw that Chris Rock was in it and became deeply concerned.
However, then I read an interview with Julie Delpy in which she described the loss of her mother (who played her character Marion's mother in 'Paris') and being a mother herself as being the jumping off point for this film.
It was at this point that I realised that the 'soul' of the film was intact and there was promise after all.
Essentially the story continues a few years after 'Paris' in which time Marion and Jack have had a son and since split up. Marion's mother has died and, in the midst of her grief, she has now met and moved in with Mingus (Chris Rock). Chaos ensues when Marion's widower father (played by Delpy's real-life father), sister and her ex-boyfriend show up in New York for Marion's art exhibition.
It all sounds very farcical, but believe me when I say that comedy isn't ever about the plot but about the execution. Delpy has crafted a very intelligent comedy that avoids clichés and despite a few cringe-worthy moments maintains it's European roots without pandering to Western audiences. What a breath of fresh air!
Also refreshing is to see what is essentially an American film in which people from other countries are allowed to speak their language. Times really are changing! And that is what the film is about. Relationships end, people die. Life isn't perfect and can be equally sad and hilarious, but can be over so quickly.Read more ›
This? Well, I just don't know where to start. In fact I can't start. It was just so terrible on every level - everything. I cannot believe that Julie Delpy, an actress and artist that I have a lot of respect for, created it. The central relationship between the two leads is totally unbelievable, Delpy's family are the most ridiculous French caricatures that have ever been brought to screen (was she disowned for this at home?), the script and acting are awful (like a play written and performed by over eager sixth formers, with no experience of either real relationships or real life itself) and the dramatic 'conceits' are truly laughable (but in a bad way).
If you liked or loved the first film, like me, then please avoid this - it will be sullied forever by association. If you didn't like the first film then you will, also like me (unfortunately), hate this excruciating waste of 90 minutes of your life.
I'm sorry to everyone involved, associated or in love with this film. But not as sorry as I am that I wasted my money, time and energy on it.
ps. My wife hated it too. It actually made her very, very angry. So, NOT a great date movie either.
Her family comes to visit. This includes an over sexed father (Albert Delpy) who believes showers are unnecessary options; her sister Rose (Alexia Landeau) who is her polar opposite and is described as a nymphomaniac who wants to live her sister Marion's life. Rose also brings with her pot head boyfriend Manu (Alexandre Nahon), who by no surprise was Marion's boyfriend at one time although that never really played into the story, other than to establish Rose's character.
The film depicts the hectic life which ensues with neither culture understanding the other. Marion must rehash her life with her sister with neither one holding anything back. The film is funny and a dark comedy. Sometimes the drama overshadows the comedic attempt, while at other times the comedy is too predictable. The film uses drug and sex humor in addition to missed translations for its humor base, but builds upon it so it isn't overly immature.
Good acting by the cast, even Chris Rock in a role where he is a straight man. Decent script and writing, although some predictable immature scenes such as the changing of the baby with the measuring of his manhood should have been cut (sometimes less is more). The film comes across as a well polished indie and not a typical big screen production.
PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bombs (two languages with subtitles) implied sex, nudity (Alexia Landeau).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
“It’s my mother. No tongue” (Mingus / Chris Rock)
2 Days in New York is a brilliant and funny sequel to the cool 2 Days in Paris. Read more
Funny! If you love R. Linklater's movies - this one is for you. Made by Julie Delpy herself.Published 17 months ago by Y. Yordanov
My wife loves this sequel, she says it's even better than "2 Days in Paris".Published 17 months ago by S. Samson
My expectations were high after 2 Days in Paris. This sequel does not live up to the standards that the first part set..Published on 6 Mar. 2015 by Elwira Kot
Terrible dialogue, unsympathetic characters, totally unfunny. The real mystery is why anyone would have given this more than one star! Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2015 by jackdaw